Administered vs Dispensed Pharmaceuticals

For California workers' compensation purposes, the definition of "administer" is "the direct application of a drug or device to the body of a patient by injection, inhalation, ingestion, or other means." The Physician fee schedule allows physicians to both administer and dispense pharmaceuticals to patients.

Dispensed pharmaceuticals are given to the patient and the patient takes or administers the pharmaceuticals to themselves; the physician does not administer the pharmaceuticals.

Administered pharmaceuticals

California Labor Codes

5307.1
5307.11

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