Managers and owners in the pharmacy business have to be on constant guard for drug theft. There is the danger of an external robbery, but the more pressing problem is the possibility of internal theft by your very own employees. RX Caps can help deter this type of theft, and keep your valuable inventory on the shelves until they are ready to be legally dispensed.
Even with a camera covering every inch of the pharmacy work area, a person that is determined to steal drugs will find a way to get it done. They could slip an entire bottle in their lab coat pocket, and then put that bottle in a garbage bag to take out, for example. Another tactic many employ is to just skim some from the stock bottle they are using to fill a patient’s prescription. They may take some of the patient’s medication, or just take some extra out before returning the bottle to the shelf. Knowing which types of medications may be targeted for theft can help you determine which bottles you could benefit from locking up with RX Caps.
We had an employee recently terminated for drug theft. You are probably thinking pain pills, but in this case, you would be wrong. We had noticed that she had been losing weight lately, and she seemed somewhat nervous, her hands shaky, while counting pills. She had also began requesting to be assigned certain tasks, such as cycle counting (verifying actual quantities on hand to the computer’s stated quantities). Fortunately for us, our system is designed to alert us if quantities on hand are changed on bottles that are also being ordered. We got such an alert on an appetite suppressant drug that was being ordered in amounts over what the system thought we needed since we were not dispensing it regularly. This was not a drug we had thought we needed to protect with an RX Cap. It turns out we were very wrong about this one. This young woman was hiding the drugs she was stealing in a small vial and slipping it into her clothing when she wanted more.
The idea behind RX Caps is that they will secure the bottles closed until they are needed for a prescription. Then the person authorized to open it will use the special magnet key to unlock it, dispense the medication into the proper customer’s bottle, and re-lock it back. Besides the fact that the bottle is secured shut while not in use, if there is an attempt to remove the bottle from the pharmacy, the cap has an alarm that will sound. In the pharmacy business, there is a lot of paperwork and time consuming reports around the loss of drugs. Between the DEA and the pharmacy board, it can be enough reason to consider locking up every bottle back there!
This is an ingenious way to keep the bottles on the shelves, while keeping their contents safe and reducing the temptation of drug theft. RX Caps can make your life in the pharmacy business a lot easier.
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