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Bar code technology

Discussion in 'Pharmacy' started by Rouelle, Sep 11, 2017.

  1. Rouelle

    Rouelle PhD Pharmacist 7+ Year Member

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    Is anyone here an expert in this? Virtually everyone uses bar code technology in pharmacy today. But it seems like we are missing a huge opportunity. If manufacturers could include lot numbers and expiration dates into the encoded data we could easily track who has received recalled drugs, what expiration date prints on a label, when our Omnicell/Pyxis drugs expire, etc. Is there something that fundamentally prohibits this technology?
     
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  3. josh6718

    josh6718 Pharmacist 10+ Year Member

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    This idea would work assuming you are only using a single manufacturer stock bottle when dispensing to a patient. However, once you start using multiple stock bottles and 'mixing' the tablets from different bottles to dispense to a patient, this would become nearly impossible to keep track of (without generating a huge amount of waste/loss if you had to salvage the entire amount each time). Essentially, this only increases costs to a pharmacy, so I would not see any incentive for them to do this.
     
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  4. lord999

    lord999 Pharmacist Faculty Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

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    Nothing besides the above (although repackaging costs can be defrayed by safety as well, so goes the argument). It's a cost and workflow matter, not a tech one, and there aren't enough dead bodies or fake drugs to justify it. It also has a lot to do with whether you buy from shortage wholesalers (or McKesson, those greedy bastards) to the extent that you are at risk.

    And yes, while I think it is quite doable for a pharmacist/Rx Tech to scan in multiple bottles for a patient dispense, the likelihood that it'd be cost positive for the chain is virtually nil from the dispense cost business model.
     
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    panasoniku 5+ Year Member

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