Could Robots Soon Replace Pharmacy Technicians?

by pharmacy on January 18, 2017

pharmacy automationThe backroom work of counting pills and putting them into bottles has long been all in a day’s work for pharmacists. But in recent years, some hospitals and pharmacies are turning increasingly to pharmacy automation systems to take care of that. Robots, in the common parlance.

One popular model is the PillPick, manufactured by SwissLog. It packages, barcodes, stores, and dispenses individual doses of medication. Pharmacists verify the orders before they’re sent to patients. [click to continue…]

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New HIV Vaccine Study Underway

by pharmacy on January 11, 2017

HIV vaccineThe National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is sponsoring a landmark study in South Africa to test an experimental HIV vaccine. The clinical trials will begin this week at 15 different sites across the country.

HIV is a major health concern in South Africa; a 2007 report estimated that 5.7 million people—nearly 12% of South Africa’s population—had HIV or AIDS. In the adult population, this climbs to 18.5%. And it’s deadly—since not many can receive anti-retroviral therapy, an estimated 42-47% of all deaths in South Africa were related to HIV or AIDS. [click to continue…]

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decongestants and hypertensionWith winter invariably comes an increase in cases of the common cold—and sales of the over the counter medications used to manage symptoms from a cold. But for people with high blood pressure, cold medicine can be dangerous.

One of the most common symptoms of the cold is nasal congestion, which happens when tissues in and around the nose have too much fluid. Those afflicted with nasal congestion can help manage their symptoms by drinking plenty of fluids and getting some rest, but many people also turn to over the counter decongestants to ease their symptoms. [click to continue…]

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certified pharmacy techniciansAccording to the 2016 public perception survey from The Pharmacy Technician Certification Board (PTCB), 85% of the public believes it is “very important” for pharmacies to have certified technicians on staff. They feel so strongly about this matter than more than three-quarters of them (76%) say they’d go to a different pharmacy, if for any reason, they found out the technicians working in their current pharmacy were not certified. Results show that among customers, 79% of the frequent pharmacy customers would look for a pharmacy where techs are certified, and adults with children at home were the most likely to look elsewhere, representing 82% of those surveyed. [click to continue…]

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pharmacy tech examLast month, the California State Board of Pharmacy approved the National Healthcareer Association’s (NHA) Exam for the Certification of Pharmacy Technicians (ExCPT). Prior to this approval, the state board only accepted one certification option. The NHA ExCPT is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), and many state Boards of Pharmacy across the country recognize it as a valid exam for entry-level pharmacy technicians. [click to continue…]

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7% Man Tax Advertised in NYC Pharmacy

by pharmacy on December 14, 2016

man taxOne local pharmacy owner decided she’d call attention to the “pink tax,” or the tax women must pay on feminine care products, by displaying signs in her pharmacy window. At Thompson Chemists in SoHo Manhattan, one store window displays a sign that reads: “New Store Policy: All Male Customers are Subject to a 7% Man Tax.” On the other side of the door, there’s a similar sign that reads, “New Store Policy: All Female Customers Shop Tax Free.” [click to continue…]

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