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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.
Pill Counting in the pharmacy of the future One thing we can say with some kind of certainty is that the use of the pill counting tray will be diminished, but probably not eliminated. This implies that some sort of pharmacy automation will take its place. That automation will have to be economical in order that low-volume pharmacies, like those in retail outlets, can make financial sense of the capital expenditure. One way in which economic justification could be made simpler is if the pill counting capability was provided along with other capabilities, like report generation and efficiency recommendations, which provided the pharmacy with additional capability. It would appear unlikely that the United States will go to a prepackaged drug strategy similar to that used in Europe. In that type of strategy pill counting is largely eliminated but the unit cost per drug is increased by the packaging.