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Always verify to make sure that the correct prescription is counted and filled:
The verification that we are referring to as Rx Verification involves verifying that the medication issued to fill a prescription is the same medication that is called for in the prescription.
This, of course, was done manually by Pharmacists for centuries. The manual system worked well when the pharmacist was unhurried and only filled a small number of scripts per day. The Pharmacist usually retrieved the drug to be dispensed and could well afford the time to double check his work. Nowadays, however, we find that the number of active prescription medicines has grown enormously and the number of scripts which must be filled has expanded proportionately.
One of the primary responsibilities of the modern American pharmacy is to properly count and dispense pills. As the over-50 population of the United States swells to record numbers over the next 20 years, pharmacies will find themselves hard pressed to keep up with the number of prescriptions that need to be filled. A perhaps unnoticed side consequence of the increasing volume of pills being counted will be cross-contamination.