What’s the Future of Pharmacy? 5 Trends That May Be Clues

What’s the Future of Pharmacy? 5 Trends That May Be Clues

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We’ve all been to them at one point or another in our lives. Maybe it was when that terrible flu struck or for that mad headache. If you haven’t been able to guess by now, they’re pharmacies.

Pharmacy is a polarizing topic nowadays, especially with the introduction of medical marijuana and the ongoing debate about the shift in the pharmaceutical industry. One side of the argument is that pharmaceuticals are a necessary evil to treat conditions with drugs while others say that pharmacists should shift the focus away from dispensing and towards providing health services.

Regardless of your stance on the pharmaceutical debate, it’s important to be in the loop on what the future of pharmacy looks like. This can help you avoid nasty surprises and headaches going forward.

Without further ado, here are 5 trends that may be clues on the future of pharmacy.

The Future of Pharmacy

Pharmacies can provide so much more than prescriptions and drugs. Providing affordable health services and exceptional patient experience are just a couple of the many ways to do so. Yet these are complex and multi-faceted trends that can be broken down significantly.

In this case, we’ll break them down into five trends.

  1. Strike a balance between affordability and the latest technology along with breakthroughs in medicine. This could come in the form of monthly payments for an expensive, breakthrough vaccine or perhaps a government-funded blood test to detect the early signs of cancer.
  2. Going forward, pharmacies should be a one-stop-fits-all for healthy, chronically ill, sick, and injured patients alike. Preventative and treatment measures should be provided by pharmacies for everyone’s benefit. It should be a no-brainer to head to the pharmacy when you’re sick.
  3. Regardless of the service that is provided, pharmacies are looking to provide all the services you need for your health. This could be through written and spoken material, one-on-one help, and technology-based interaction (e.g. an app).
  4. Rather than going straight to the hospital when you’re sick, you could go to the pharmacy to get basic tests done for cheaper. Pharmacogenomic testing could also be provided to help patients understand how different drugs interact with their genes.
  5. By providing the cheapest and most accessible options for patients, the pharmacy will become the go-to destination for all things medical related. Most importantly, it will free up hospitals for more critical tests and procedures like MRIs and surgeries.

The pharmaceutical industry is an ever-changing and booming industry. It would only make sense for pharmacies to accompany their bigger brothers at some point in the future. Thankfully, it looks like pharmacies are headed that way.

Only Time Will Tell…

The future of pharmacy looks promising. All that has to happen is public demand for such services.

But that can only happen through a roll-out and implementation in our pharmacies.

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