The pharmacy drug systems in PBS Bahamas is an ingenious system that keeps record of over 9000 OTC drugs. This system enables the storing of data and streamlines functionality of the organization.

For basic functionality, the pharmacy management system includes a user interface, a data entry and retention system and security measures to protect patient’s private health information. There are various pharmacy software operating systems that are used across the world and the one that PBS uses is robust in functionality.

The major purpose of the Pharmacy Drug System in PBS is to have effective and safe dispensing of pharmacy drugs. Our system is equipped with a user interface that prompts the pharmacist to verify whether or not the drug is for the right patient, whether it has the right amount and whether or not its labeling mentions correct information. Our pharmacy drug system also suggests the pharmacist to offer their patients verbal counseling for better and safe use of the medication.

Features Of The Pharmacy Drug System

The pharmacy drug systems allow pharmacies to carry out their daily operations. Not all Pharmacy Drug Systems function as the same; however, here are the main operations of the system at PBS:

INTAKE OF DATA

This is the first step in the process. As the pharmacy receives the prescription, the data is first entered into the system.

PRE-CHECKING PROCESS

This is the step before the actual filling of the drug where the pharmacist can review the prescription to see if there are any potential drug interactions, duplicate therapies, appropriate dosage or transcription errors that can result in damaging the patient’s health.

FILL

This step involves dispensing the medication. In this process, the pharmacist can also verify the medication by hand or by a dispensing robot.

CHECKING

The last step involves checking the filled medication with the prescribed one to rule out any errors.

The Pharmacy Drug System offers ingenious inventory management that offers the pharmacists to reorder items, return stock which is unused and organize the shelf labels.

This system also digitizes pricing changes, catalog updates, receiving orders and shipping to aid in the pharmacy operations.

Pharmacy Information Management Systems

The Pharmacy Information Management System facilitates the usage of the electronic prescriptions. Over the years, E-prescription has played an important role in revolutionizing medicine as it offers ease of access, safety and efficiency in dispensing medications.

Errors in dispensing drugs is not uncommon. Even with their qualification and training, pharmacists are humans and capable of making mistakes. Even if the receipts have clearly written names of the drug, it can be impossible for the layman to recognize mistakes in dispensing—making the results sometimes fatal. Therefore, it is extremely necessary to take measures to minimize—if not eliminate—these errors, and E-prescriptions are the perfect way to do so.

We have the complete list of drugs in our Advanced Integrated Systems (AIS) and have a copyright protection in the Caribbean and Jamaica.

Our health insurance adjudication system processes all electronic health claims and has a detailed list of drugs with their associated formularies that makes up our e-prescription platform. We are proud to say that our ePAS system is used by various doctors, laboratories, pharmacies, hospitals, dentists, etc.

Benefits of E-Prescription

These are the general benefits of incorporating E-prescription into our system:

  • Hand written prescriptions bring forth a host of errors which can be downright fatal in some situations. E-prescription minimizes this aspect of prescription drugs.
  • E-prescriptions can be stored in a database separate for a particular patient which can be compared over time to see any possible drug interactions while prescribing drugs in the future.
  • Because of the database for patients prepared during an E-prescription, which enlists a patients history, current medications, etc. it can be easy to identify any possible drug-drug interactions, drug-food interactions and drug allergies.
  • By acquiring the patient’s email address, a patient guidance leaflet can be sent to the patient to further elaborate on the contraindications of the drugs.
  • E-prescription is an important tool to fight against fraudulent prescriptions.
  • E-prescriptions can profoundly improve the efficiency of the organization and the system, in particular. For instance, if the drug is not present in the pharmacy, the e-prescription can be sent to another pharmacy to check for the availability of the drug.

The AIS is equipped with the right technology necessary to revolutionize pharmaceutical industry and provide benefits and ease of operations to the patients and pharmacists respectively.

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