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Make the most of IT and ensure accurate labelling, writes Dr Philip Koopowitz.
Dispensing practices have long been at the forefront of advances in technology. This is mainly driven by the need to ensure safe, profitable dispensing as most dispensing practices still rely heavily on their dispensing income to cross-subsidise the other services they provide.
Minimising risks in dispensing has led to the development of barcode recognition software to ensure the correct product is matched with the correct label.
Some years ago, at the DDA annual conference, I saw a demonstration of such software. Vivitech had developed a product called Dispens-IT which works together with most GP software systems.
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Instead of labels being printed directly to the dispensary, they are spooled. When the prescription is ready to be dispensed, the item is picked and then the patient's name selected on the …