Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada (PressExposure) April 10, 2012 -- As provinces continue to introduce generic drug pricing policies to reduce rising drug costs, pharmacists are required to adapt in order to sustain their businesses. Providen Pharmacy Logistics is launching a full range of workflow solutions that allow pharmacists to spend less time with product dispensing and more time with their patients.
Providen believes pharmacists are assets that Canada has when dealing with increasing healthcare demand and controlling rising costs. The challenge is not how much the pharmacist costs the system, but how to unlock the value of the pharmacist in the new practice environment.
"As a practicing pharmacist who has owned and managed several pharmacy businesses in Canada, I know the value that our profession provides to healthcare in this country," said Providen President Dave Huston. "Recent changes in provincial legislation and provincial generic drug reform have given pharmacists new challenges and opportunities to sustain pharmacy services that have traditionally been provided to Canadians."
One of the key practice changes that pharmacies have to undergo is to free up pharmacist time in order to provide newly enabled clinical services to their patients. In today's practice environment, pharmacists are often tied up with core dispensing activities which limit their ability to transition to a patient-centric model. Central fill is a service provided by one accredited pharmacy to another, allowing the physical dispensing to take place at alternative, more efficient dispensing locations using automated technology.
The Providen central fill solution maximizes pharmacy labour efficiency and minimizes errors, improving workflow for prescription fillings and patient outcomes. Providen's automated Opti-Fill II Vial Filling enables high volume bottle filling and inventory management with barcode technology, and includes a pharmacist check station with digital imaging. For patients requiring compliance packaging, Providen's Fast Pak 330 Strip Packaging machine can prepare either unit or multi-dose packages at a rate of 60 doses per minute.
Providen's Pro-Fill web-based software provides tools to help pharmacists work smarter and faster, including paperless prescription pharmacist verification, and seamless integration with existing pharmacy software and Providen's centralized automated filling solution.
"We believe the solution lies in workflow optimization that utilizes technology to refocus the pharmacist's efforts from prescription product fulfillment to clinical practices," said Huston. "Together, we can move pharmacy forward."
For more information, please see our web site at http://www.providenlogistics.com.
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