The main focus of pharmacists is to improve the safety of patients. They have been looking at a range of approaches and technologies to attain this goal. Automated medication dispensing machines — decentralized medication distribution systems that provide computer-controlled storage, dispensing, and tracking of medications — were introduced to make pharmacists more productive as well as improve patient safety. It allows pharmacists to stock up, manage, pack, cap and label prescription medications efficiently and securely. It can store and handle more than 300 medications, as well as the details of patients.
This software is now widely used in many pharmacies. Before the advent of these machines, the job was done by pharmacists manually. It was a time-consuming process as well as labour-intensive. They had to make the medicinal charts and stock up the inventory. There were delays in delivery and patients had to wait a long time to get their medication.
Now, automated medication dispensing machines can do these tedious tasks in a jiffy. There is also the advantage of increased safety, convenience, and inventory control of medications. They offer a safe medication distribution system. Since pharmacists have more time to tend to other things, their output has increased.
Another highlight is that it enables to fill prescriptions after hours and have them prepared for patients to retrieve the next morning. This is, indeed, a blessing for busy pharmacies.
Earlier, large quantities of floor stock were available in the operating rooms. There was sometimes over-stocking of inventory, missing or erroneous drug charges. Drug wastage was also common. For narcotics and other controlled drugs, pharmacists had to make complicated manual documentations. Automated medication dispensing machines improved efficiency and control of narcotics and other medications in the operating suite. Another medical feature is the ability to continuously monitor the usage of drugs. You get to access a wealth of data and constant feedback while using this software, which leads to better efficiency and optimization.
Finally, a lot of medicines go waste without automated medication dispensing machines. For instance, a pharmacist who draws 5 grams from a 12-gram vial has to throw away what’s left behind because it can’t be used again. On the other hand, automated medication dispensing machines are germ-free and enable to draw from the same vial twice. This results in reduced wastage and considerable long-term savings. That’s a huge savings as some drugs are really expensive. If you’re forced to throw away drugs, you’re literally talking about wasting a huge amount of money by the end of the year.