4 Trends Considered
We’ve recently been researching trends in the pharmacy industry in 2019-2020, and there’s some interesting information coming to light!
We’ve also been surveying some of our pharmacy manager connections on LinkedIn and a lot of what is mentioned in this “Medical Director” article entitled “6 Predictions shaping the future of pharmacy in 2019” is certainly coming up as topical.
Prominent amongst the six, we identified:
- Electronic prescribing
- Non-Contact Dispensing Systems (Robotics)
- Natural medicines
- Medical Cannabis regulation
Let’s consider these quickly in more detail:
1. Electronic Prescribing
Medical Director writes:
This initiative is intended to improve PBS efficiency, compliance, and drug safety, but it also has cost implications for pharmacies as they are required to implement and integrate softwares and data requirements.
2. Non-Contact Dispensing Systems (Robotics)
A recent Drug Topics article on “The Future of Pharmacy Automation,” states
The consequences of this statement are even more mind boggling for the pharmacy industry:
Robotic dispensing machinery is not cheap! This is a classic example of where flexible and convenient equipment financing solutions can be very beneficial to the pharmacy owner.
3. Natural medicines
Quoting Medical Director again:
This is most certainly a welcome trend in the medical and health-care industry. There is now so much eveidence-based information under-pinning the value of natural solutions informed by qualified practitioners such as nutritionist and naturopaths, but often the front-line staff work in the pharmacy!
It’s not unusual now to see naturopaths or other natural health practitioners either having full-time or sessional roles within the contemporary pharmacy setting, and the shelf space devoted to supplements is growing all the time.
IOt might be time to refurbish and create your pharmacy’s own dedicated natural health section, or consulting office?
4. Medical Cannabis regulation
This places huge demands on pharmacy staff for training in this new field as well as a sound understanding of ethical, compliance and other considerations.
The pharmacy industry is certainly undergoing more than its fair share of change currently!
For more information on these trends, please refer to our source articles:
Medical Director – 6 Predictions shaping the future of pharmacy in 2019
Drug Topics – The Future of Pharmacy Automation.