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The Pharmacy of the Future is Closer than You Think

The Pharmacy of the Future is Closer than You Think

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The Pharmacy of the Future is Closer than You ThinkThe days of walking into a pharmacy and waiting in line may soon be over. While pharmacists will always be necessary, people will soon be able to rely on new technologies in order to maintain their health. You may have already seen a kiosk installed inside of your local drug store, and that’s just one of the new technologies being introduced. As the world evolves, the medical industry is finding it easy to keep up; much to the benefit of both professionals and patients.

1.Mail-Order Pharmacies

Some health insurance companies are requiring that their policy holders utilize mail-order pharmacies for long-term prescriptions. These central-fill stations, as they are sometimes called, fill, verify, pack and deliver prescription medication to pharmacies or, in many cases, directly to the door of the patient. While an average pharmacist can fill over 300 prescriptions a day, these off-site pharmacies can fill close to 60,000 prescriptions during a single shift.

If these pharmacies seem appealing to you, then it may be time to try out online ordering. There are several online pharmacies, such as Medicines Mexico, that let you order medication through the web and have it delivered to your home.. The immediate benefit of this is that you save a significant portion of money via bulk buying.  It also saves you time and gas money on trips to the drug store. Aside from conventional medications, you can order vitamins as well as women’s health products at a discounted rate.

2.Robotic Dispensing Systems

ScriptPro has introduced the world to the robotic prescription dispensing system. Requiring a very small amount of space, these robotic systems can do all that a human can: verify, fill and check prescriptions for accuracy. The utilization of these systems is thought to improve operational efficiency and patient safety. Human pharmacists will realize an increase in the time they are able to spend with patients, answering questions and imparting information.

3.Kiosks

While you can’t get prescription medication out of an automated kiosk, yet, you can educate yourself and get help in choosing the right OTC medication for your symptoms. By answering questions and inputting your symptoms, you can a personalized recommendation from the machine. Additionally, patients can get information about the suspected illness and be directed towards the location of the recommended medication within the store.

4.E-Prescriptions

The ability to send prescriptions electronically is nothing new for physicians, though measures are being taken to improve the current system, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The system, as it is, is wrought with fees that many pharmacies simply don’t want to pay. There is a benefit to patients, however, and that is that fewer mistakes are made due to doctors scribbling across prescription pads; typed e-prescriptions are often much easier to read. Though mistakes are still made, the rate at which they occur is far less than has been seen in traditional methods of writing and filling prescriptions.

5.Self-Monitoring

Consumers now have more control over the monitoring of their personal health. Rather than making a run to the drug store to have their blood pressure checked, for instance, people can check their blood pressure at home with a simple hand-held device. In addition, patients can read their blood glucose levels, cholesterol and heart rates. Readings can be uploaded to a database, allowing medical professionals, including your pharmacist, to become a partner in your well-being.

As with many other professions, pharmacists’ worlds are changing. As we become more technologically advanced, it only makes sense that the way that we take care of our health becomes more automated. While there are those pharmacists who aren’t happy with the changes, most are welcoming new technologies with open arms.

Tasha Matsumoto is an avid blogger. If you’re excited about the future of pharmacy and want to pursue it as a career, several schools offer online degrees in pharmacy, including University of Florida and Creighton University.

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