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Medication Dispensing Services in Tacoma, WA

We understand that undergoing treatment for your condition can be unsettling and time-consuming.

In order to provide excellent service and convenience for our patient, Northwest Medical Specialties offers its patients in-office dispensing of select medications.


  • Prescription refills are handled only during office hours.
  • We ask for a 48-hour notice for prescription refills to ensure your request is accommodated in a timely manner.
  • We request you contact your pharmacy for any non-oral chemotherapy or treatment refill requests. They will in turn contact NWMS directly for authorization. When you must call our office for a prescription refill, please have the name and strength of the medication (which is on the label) and the name and phone number of your pharmacy. Some medications, such as certain pain medications, are not refillable by phone, and we may require you to come to the office and pick up a written prescription.
  • Please have prescriptions refilled prior to weekends and holidays. Please bring all medications (or a list) with you on each visit with your doctor whether you need refills or not.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do you accept my prescription benefits coverage?

In most cases, yes. We are able to process prescription claims with most major prescription benefits providers. We are also able to process Medicare Part B and Part D prescriptions as appropriate. Keep in mind that some plans require the use of a mail order pharmacy to fill prescriptions for long-term use. We can help you determine the best available option for filling your prescription.

How long will it take to receive my medication?

We will fill your prescription as quickly as possible following the verification of available prescription benefit coverage and alternative co-payment assistance resources.

Will it cost me more to fill my prescription here than at a retail pharmacy?

No. In fact, there are times where it may cost less to fill your prescription at our practice. Retail pharmacies often require immediate payment and sometimes are not able to verify all coverage options (e.g., Medicare, supplemental plans, co-payment assistance programs) before dispensing. Since we are able to do this before dispensing your medication, as well as investigate alternative co-payment assistance resources, it’s possible you could save money.

Why are you offering in-office dispensing?

We want to provide convenience and total care to the patients receiving treatment in our practice. Since it can be confusing to deal with prescription benefit coverage for the medications used to treat your condition, we’re happy to do the work for you. It benefits both you and your doctor to ensure you get started right away and follow your treatment plan as closely as possible. We are here to help!

How will I be notified my prescription is ready?

Often your prescription may be available immediately. If not, we will call you to arrange a time to pick-up your prescription and discuss your treatment plan with our team.

When can I start using this service?

Talk to your doctor or nurse to get started today. Just make sure you have provided your prescription benefit card to the receptionist for our files. We’ll do the rest, and be there with you every step of the way.

Do I have to fill my prescription at your office?

No. You are welcome to fill your prescription at any pharmacy that accepts your prescription benefit coverage. We simply offer this service as a convenience and total care option  to our patients. If you decide to fill your prescription at another pharmacy, your decision will in no way affect the medical care you receive from our health care professionals.

HEALTH ALERT! For the safety of our patients and staff only patients will be allowed into our clinics and everyone MUST wear a mask. See additional information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).


Important COVID 19  Information for patients of Northwest Medical Specialties

November 16, 2020 Update

During these difficult times we are making every effort to keep our patients and staff safe from COVID 19, we appreciate your patience and understanding with the changes you may have seen within our practice.

We strive to protect our patients and staff as much as we possibly can from any exposure on our premises.  NWMS has implemented a system wide policy that does not allow anyone in the building that is not a patient and everyone must wear an NWMS provided mask over their mouth and nose during their time on our premises.  This is to protect our vulnerable patients from the unforeseen possibility of exposure to COVID 19 which can be transmitted through aerosol droplets.  Sadly, we have had patients that have died from the complications of COVID 19, which is both devastating and preventable.

We offer a virtual visit option for family, friends, and companions to participate in the care of our patients through Zoom.  Our staff will assist you with every step of the login process and invite you to participate in real time from your vehicle or designated safe space in our building. Please contact us at 253-428-8700 to set this up.

The following offices are temporarily closed:

If you are experiencing cold or flu symptoms, please make sure to contact us via phone prior to your appointment. You may also contact us for any additional questions by calling our office at (253) 428-8700.

Here are a few additional resources as well:

World Health Organization

Centers for Disease Control