Friday, April 02, 2010

Drug kiosk rollout awaits regulation

From the Hamilton Spectator:
You can get cash, drinks and even T-shirts quickly and conveniently from vending machines.

How about prescription drugs?

The Ontario government approved the concept of "remote dispensing" of medicines in Bill 179, passed late last year, such as through high-tech vending machines or pharmacy technicians in remote locations -- all with electronic links to real-live pharmacists.

Proponents tout remote dispensing as a way to have pharmacy service in remote or underserviced areas or in hospitals overnight when it's hard for a parent with a sick child to find a drugstore that's open.

"You could have these in small towns without pharmacies and save people a lot of time," said Peter Suma of PharmaTrust Inc., which makes high-tech drug dispensening machines that will be demonstrated to MPPs, political staff and bureaucrats at Queen's Park today. ...more

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