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Can One With M.D Open A Pharmacy?

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by Th3Doc, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. Th3Doc


    Jun 17, 2008
    Hi all,
    Out of curiosity can one who has their M.D have the right to open their own pharmacy if they have the money for it? Thanks for your time and response. :cool:
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  3. Mobius1985

    Mobius1985 7+ Year Member

    Apr 4, 2007
    You can own a retail pharmacy, but would have to hire a pharmacist to run the prescription-medication dispensing aspect of it (at least in my state this is required). You can dispense free medication (like pharma samples) from your office practice legally, providing you keep a log of lot numbers, patient name, amount given, and document relevant patient education in the chart. A problem with owning a pharmacy is that there would be a conflict of interest if you refer your office patients there.
  4. Aznfarmerboi

    Aznfarmerboi Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    May 18, 2005
    Yes, but you have to hire me to dispense it. =)
  5. Th3Doc


    Jun 17, 2008
    Thanks for the info everyone. Just one more thing I'm wondering, lets say i get my M.D and want to get my pharmyD as well.. do I have to go through the whole 6 year course for it? I'm guessing so since from my research it shows that M.D is completely different.

  6. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2004

    They are totally separate and unrelated careers. There are some combined degree programs perhaps, but otherwise you need to do the whole program for each. but a better question is, why would you do this? If your goal is to open and run a pharmacy, why would you need an MD? And if your goal is to be a physician, you can always hire a pharmacist.
  7. 167649


    Sep 17, 2007
    I'm not sure I've even heard of any MD/PharmD programs. Not saying there aren't any, but if there are they are rare and I don't really see a decent reason to do this. Maybe if you wanted to do pharm related research, but in that case you would probably be better off doing MD/PhD in pharmacology, if even that.

    I think, OP, you just need to figure out what you want to do with your career.
  8. Blesbok

    Blesbok 7+ Year Member

    Sep 27, 2007
    I am not sure why anyone would do an MD/pharmD. In the time it would take you to get your pharmD you could almost be done with a specialty residency. And you don't need a pharmD to own a pharmacy, just to run it.
  9. If you wanted to get the PharmD after finishing off your MD, it would take another 4 years. Unless you go to Pharmacy school with a 0-6 program, the first two years are (for the most part) pre-Pharm classes that are not part of the professional program.

    I know of a good amount of people who have gone on to medical school after finishing up their pharmacy degree (either BSPharm or PharmD), and they all make excellent physicians. I don't see why the reverse would not be true.

    If you wanted to run your own pharmacy, however, you would be required to be a licensed pharmacist. Anyone can own a pharmacy, but the actual practice must be run by a pharmacist.
  10. EBI831

    EBI831 legend in the making 7+ Year Member

    Apr 18, 2006
    Chi-town royalty
    i know not the answer to your question so i needn't proffer my advice. alas, i just wanted to say that methinks that your use of "one" in the subject title was elegant and classy. hahhaha. sorry.
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  11. meister

    meister Senior Member Physician Gold Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Aug 24, 2004
    You can own a pharmacy, but you cannot operate the pharmacy. In California, one must be a licensed pharmacist to operate a pharmacy, and that only comes with either a BSPharm or PharmD and passage of either NAPLEX or the older California state board exam. An MD is not eligible to sit for these exams and would have to attend pharmacy school to get a license.

    So I guess the answer to your question is no. Why would you want to?
  12. saftab

    saftab 5+ Year Member

    Sep 13, 2006

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