March 18, 2011
Ontario is making it more convenient for people to get their prescriptions filled by allowing drug dispensing machines to rollout across the province.
Remote dispensing machines will provide safe, convenient and 24/7 access to pharmacy services across the province. This will be especially helpful to Ontarians living in remote and rural communities.
Using this technology, patients interact with an Ontario-registered pharmacist who remotely dispenses the prescription from the machine. The experience mimics an in-person visit to the pharmacy since:
PharmaTrust, an Oakville-based company, is leading the way by creating and building these innovative automated pharmacy systems. The PharmaTrust machines are being sold throughout the world.
Today's announcement is part of the government's Open Ontario Plan to support innovative technology, while providing more access to health care services and improving quality and accountability for patients.
"Remote dispensing makes it more convenient for people – especially those in northern and rural areas – to get the medications they need, when they need it. It’s also a tremendous opportunity to move forward with Ontario-made technologies that better serve pharmacy customers while also being safe and cost effective."
- Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
"PharmaTrust is thrilled to provide made-in Ontario technology that allows patients fast, convenient and safe access to their drug prescriptions and ensures complete pharmacist control over the dispensing process. This meets both the patients’ needs and our health care professionals’ responsibilities to deliver the highest level of care."
Don Waugh, PharmaTrust Chairman, PCAS (Patient Care Automation Services)
"The remote dispensing machine provides my patients with access to a pharmacist 24/7. I've found through my own experience as well, that the machines are easy to use and very convenient. It's nice to know that patients don't have to worry about getting to a pharmacy before it closes."
Lynn Haslam, Advanced Practice Nurse, Holland MSK Program
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