Robotic pharmacy: Machines process meds, improve safety
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UCSF Medical Center patients now receive medication from the hospital's automated pharmacy. By using robots instead of people, the hospital hopes to ...
UCSF Medical Center patients now receive medication from the hospital's automated pharmacy. By using robots instead of people, the hospital hopes to reduce errors and free pharmacists and nurses to work directly with doctors on patient care.
Mar 30, 2011
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The problem is that pharmacists don't prescribe meds. Nurse Practitioners and M.D.'s do. If a M.D. or N.P. doesn't know enough about a medication, he/she should not be allowed to prescribe. In fact, this robot would work better to do the repetitive tasks a pharmacist does. The pharmacist should be able to prescribe medication. Especially if it is medication that the patient uses regularly. This would free up M.D.'s from writing prescriptions and making mistakes. This would mean less visits to the doctor for refilling of medication, and thus lower costs. If we were not part of a very moronic society, this would be reality.
Good News: It's going to make pharmacists more productive. Bad News: It's going to make pharmacists more productive (yes the same as the good news), but higher productivity means fewer jobs. Good News: This will enable pharmacists to take on more valuable roles like offering consultation and screening services that today are only available by nurse in a physicians office. This could save patients money. Good News: This will serve as a precursor to robotic pharmacies that can compound custom medications, supplements and personalized genetic therapies for patients in an efficient and cost effective manner.