About 40 new drug-dispensing machines manufactured by PharmaTrust, which
will fill out prescriptions 24 hours all 7days a week, will soon be available
in Ontario. In order to ensure patient safety, the machines have undergone
As the machines are designed to mimic the interaction between the patients
and pharmacists, it would also enable the Ontarians in rural communities to
have one-to-one consultations with a pharmacist. Patients feed their
prescriptions into a slot. Via a two-way video monitor patients can consult a real
pharmacist. After the prescription is validated by the pharmacist, the
pharmacist authorizes and supervises the dispensing of medicines.
Narcotics may be available in the machines located in hospitals but will not
be dispensed by these dispensing machines.