Pharmacists dispense medications and can help patients understand instructions for taking them.
By being watchful for prescription falsifications or alterations, pharmacists can serve as the first line of defense in recognizing prescription drug abuse.
Some pharmacies have developed hotlines to alert other pharmacies in the region when a fraudulent prescription is detected.
Prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs), which require physicians and pharmacists to log each filled prescription into a State database, can assist medical professionals in identifying patients who are getting prescriptions from multiple sources.
Moreover, pharmacists must be vigilant about errors that can occur either from medical mistakes by the physician, a miscommunication between hospital and pharmacy, or a scheming patient who is trying to trick the pharmacist.
They are always be on the lookout for issues that may arise and put their licenses, as well as their pharmacies, in danger. These issues could include:
- duplicate prescriptions
- doctor shopping (poly-doctor and poly-pharmacy)
- drug-drug interactions
- early medication refills
- excessive pill counts
- lack of medical necessity
- false identifications
To ensure optimal patient outcomes, it is critical that pharmacists have accurate medication history, disease-state information, and provider information for each prescription at their fingertips.
ScriptGuard improves pharmacy work by bridging the communication gap between inpatient and outpatient pharmacy settings.
Here are 4 ways that ScriptGuard can protect a pharmacy:
Real-time patient activity report
ScriptGuard eliminates the guesswork, liability, and time required to accurately review a patient’s medication history. Pharmacies need real-time medication and diagnostic information to know the most current list of medications a patient has filled in the past 90 days. ScriptGuard provides that.
The ScriptGuard system will automatically notify a pharmacist if a customer is a risk for doctor shopping or possibly medication abuse. This enables them to make more informed decisions when dispensing prescriptions.
ScriptGuard performs a real-time provider validation that analyzes the prescribing capabilities of all licensed prescribers (MD, DO, NP, PA), which allows pharmacists to avoid heavy fines for filling prescriptions by doctors with expired or invalid credentials. This can also reduce their professional liability.
Improved patient safety and treatment outcomes
By avoiding hand written patient lists, relying on an impaired patient’s memory, or endless calls to varied physicians and treating doctors, pharmacies are free to immediately address patient care. The elimination of wasted time and hours allows them to do their jobs properly and efficiently, and improve the customer experience as well.