Pharmacy quality control is a benefit to pharmacists, employees, and consumers. A functional quality control program is also a requirement of Medicare Part D, many state pharmacy boards, and an increasing number of third-party private payers. Pharmacies are required to show proof of quality control procedures and their impact on daily processing.
Currently on the market are different approaches to quality control that can help pharmacists check for errors before medications reach patients and provide valuable data to help evaluate possible mistakes. The Pass Rx system is able to scan and identify more than 23,000 oral medications to identify prescription errors. It can be used as a final check and is significantly more efficient than a hand check of each medication.
An available program solution is the Pharmacy Quality Commitment (PQC) program that provides the tools and materials to help catch mistakes before the reach consumers and evaluate what may have contributed to those mistakes. Both options provide data that can be used to improve pharmacy function as well as demonstrate an active quality control program.