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GtownHoo

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There are plenty of articles about it...


Seems that the pill dispensing portion of the job is being automated in some pharmacies but the overall # of pharmacists is increasing due to demand of meds increasing overall. But the increase is not as high as it could be due to automation of certain functions (dispensing/counting pills being the main point of automation). The need for pharmacists are greater than that of just counting pills and dispensing them, so that's why they are still important. One system ranked them like 52nd out of over 700+ jobs, least likely to get replaced with automation (I assume that means fully replaced, not supplemented).

So turns out you were all right. Pill dispensing is being automated (and I know that Amazon is getting into the pill distribution business, and you know that the actual dispensing of this will be automated because it is Amazon - but you figure actual pharmacists will be behind the scenes making sure everything is kosher).

So like I said.... you were all right. I think, like many jobs, automation will help pharmacists do their jobs better (the mistake rate on pill dispensing is like 5/100k fills - really good for most jobs, but one where you need it to be 0/100k fills), not outright replace them (although some specific roles will be replaced).

(In response to this post by U235)

Posted: 08/13/2019 at 07:33AM



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