One of the worries that you may have as a pharmacy owner is that your establishment will not be able to keep up with the more modern and advanced pharmacies. That is a real fear and one that you should not ignore. Even if you have a pharmacy in a smaller town, you must be wary about other chain pharmacies coming into that area and taking over. You should also be concerned that people would rather drive further away for a better experience than visit your place.
The changes that you can make are not that difficult, but you will have to take a big step towards modernization. You will need to leverage pharmacy software programs in order to make changes to the way your pharmacy is run. When you have software in place, you are in a position where you can get electronic prescriptions sent to you by various doctors’ offices in the area. That is going to make life easier for everyone involved.
When a patient needs to get a prescription filled, you check the online system and you get a notification that it is active. If everything checks out and the patient presents you with their ID, you can go ahead and fill the prescription and give it to them. Sometimes you will get a faxed prescription that will require a bit more work for your pharmacists, but they can enter that into the system as well.
Doing things in this way is the best strategy if you want to survive in the long term. Ensure the software you are using is not only for prescriptions, but inventory as well. Using the system for inventory is helpful as it gives you an automatic count of each medication. You may even be able to leverage the software to automatically place orders for certain medications each week, as you run low on supplies.