"We have implemented a variety of extensive and robust loss prevention and internal security systems, from our prescription drug distribution centers to point of dispensing
to patients," he said, citing the use of camera surveillance and complex alarm systems, training employees how to handle suspicious prescriptions, and conducting background checks and random drug testing for employees as some of the ways in which the industry is addressing this problem.
"We supplement this with a new sequential counseling program at the point of dispensing
that is currently being rolled out across our store system."
Thirty seconds at the point of dispensing
will not do.
"NotifyRx is a reliable real-time intervention solution providing electronic message delivery at the point of dispensing
," he says.
Since its formation Rx SafeTrack has been working to identify a wide range of technologies and approaches that may be needed to track and trace prescription medicines from the point of manufacture to the point of dispensing
. This group has been openly discussing obstacles, opportunities, challenges and various technologies, and has mapped out the business process changes to track and trace products at the item level, case/pallet level and lot level.
According to the company, a division of McKesson Corp., NotifyRx expedites delivery of critical drug information news to pharmacists so that they can prevent adverse drug events at the point of dispensing
A similar project involving both retailers and suppliers was undertaken in the United Kingdom, and results indicated that the use of RFID to validate medicines at the point of dispensing
not only was feasible but also could substantially reduce errors and help prevent illegal medications from reaching the public.
"What we are trying to get across with our label is that government and state boards are looking for ways to improve patient information at the point of dispensing
," ScriptChek president and founder Stacy Kaufman says.
A similar three-month-long trial involving 44 pharmacies and six drug makers in the United Kingdom recently concluded that using RFID to validate medicines at the point of dispensing
By employing electronic records of the chain of custody (from point of manufacturing to point of dispensing
), patient safety and protection are expected to improve as products are quickly identified and--if needed--quarantined when the drugs are suspected to be counterfeit.