Pharmaceutical technicians and assistants perform a variety of tasks associated with dispensing medicinal products under the guidance of a pharmacist or other health professional (ILO, 2018).

RISK PROBABILITY BASED ON THE SEMINAL FREY AND OSBORNE STUDY

PROFESSIONAL GROUP CHARACTERISTICS AND SIMILAR OCCUPATIONS​

Medical and Pharmaceutical Technicians

Medical and pharmaceutical technicians perform technical tasks to assist in diagnosis and treatment of illness, disease, injuries and impairments (ILO, 2018).

  • Medical Imaging and Therapeutic Equipment Technicians
  • Medical and Pathology Laboratory Technicians
  • Pharmaceutical Technicians and Assistants
  • Medical and Dental Prosthetic Technicians
  • Dispensing technician
  • Pharmaceutical assistant
  • Pharmaceutical technician

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

A combination of low compensation and high regulatory pressures are squeezing the occupation worldwide (indeed, Accessed 25/06/2018), (The Journal , 2016).

Pharmaceutical Assistants and Technicians are enjoying a boom because of the explosion growth of prescription drugs and pharmacies (GE booted from the Dow, to be replaced by Walgreens, 2018).  But there daily operations are quite mundane and repetitive which is the kind of work ideally suited to automation as it has started since the mid-2000s (AJP, 2016), although the cost of substitution could prevent smaller pharmacies from adopting them just yet (Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2018)

The industrial application of dispensers in the pharmaceutical industry has slowly started to take off and replacing humans “…optimize prescription fulfilment, improve efficiency and deliver enhanced patient-centred consultations…“ (Leanne, 2016)  not mention to ensure less mistakes or “…adverse drug events…” (Manjoo, 2011).

CASE EXAMPLES

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Case Example 1

The ScriptPro Robotic dispensing systems are fully operational systems that are able to use limited space efficiently, minimize mistakes, handle high volume of traffic and perform full range of operations, such as easy filing, labelling, verifying and dispersing using RFID technologies.

https://www.scriptpro.com/products/robotic-prescription-dispensing-systems/

Case Example 2

Pharmacy Automation Systems provides a wide range of products, from software that assists pharmacist technicians and assistants perform the work better and more securely to fully automated systems that can be responsible for close to 100 % of the work.

http://www.pharmacyautomationsystems.com/  

Case Example 3

Omnicell is another company that deals with the full range of solutions for all the whole scale of the healthcare industry.

https://www.omnicell.com/Solutions/Pharmacy.aspx


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