The newest trend in drug store convenience is prescription drugs- without the store. That's what they're trying at Valley Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas. It's a vending machine for prescriptions.
Patients need a special code to get what they need and the machine is stocked with medications including antibiotics, painkillers, and decongestants. They're charged the retail price unless they are covered by a health insurance plan, then they can use cash or a credit card to pay their co-pay.
The Nevada Pharmacy Board developed the regulations that include limiting the quantity of drugs in the machine and requiring the vending machine company to stock and manage what's in there. Pharmacists like the machine because it allows them to spend more time answering questions and explaining prescriptions to customers.