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Pharmacy Workload Increasing

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Recent data reports that the average pharmacist’s work load increased a staggering 35% between 1992 and 2000. This increase is a statement of the number of prescriptions dispensed per pharmacist per year.

With a significant increase in work load, the question is how pharmacists have time to either accurately fill [or double-check the filling of] prescriptions. Further, as work load increases the opportunity for pharmacists to counsel their patients [rather than just filling the scripts] is diminished.

While some of the increase in work load has been addressed through use of technology and improved efficiency, some experts are concerned that this is not enough. The concern is that pharmacists may not have enough time to exercise adequate care in their duties.