Good grief, still no progress on the count and pour! It is difficult to see how pharmacist’s can work with patients more closely to improve health outcomes while they are required to manual repackage medicines from large bulk packs to small ones. Automation is restricted, safety is compromised and productivity just grinds to a halt.
PWR and ProPharma, after discussion with the ProPharma customer advisory group, want to raise awareness around the cost-shifting inherent in current Pharmac purchasing practice. The Tinned Tomato Campaign is a light hearted, visual reminder of this cost shifting and asks the user to consider how inconvenient and expensive it is to repackage a large, economy tin of tomatoes into five smaller tins.
It’s dumb to buy product in units that need repackaging if you are looking for efficiency. Imagine cleaning your teeth using a bucket of toothpaste, rice that was individually packaged or a barrel of milk for your breakfast! Medicines need to be packaged in consumer sized units for community dispensing and bulk packs for unit dose robotics.
To kick this campaign off, 200 restaurant sized cans of tinned tomatoes have been sent to DHB planning and funding GMs and managers, PHARMAC, NZ Health IT Board, a range of politicians, the Pharmacy Guild, Society and Council office holders and executives asking them to consider how they can help pharmacy maintain and improve the quality of dispensing and consulting services by reducing the amount of medicines that need re-packing during the dispensing process.
Further co-ordinated lobbying campaigns will be offered throughout 2014 by ProPharma, drawing funders, politicians, sector representatives and PHARMAC’s attention to the impact of medicine funding decisions on dispensary efficiency. Call back to this website to keep up to date on our progress.