Self-driving cars will soon be able to drive themselves around a pharmacy without needing a licensed driver, but some pharmacists fear it will lead to a “pharmacy revolution.”
“The future is here,” says Chris Brown, founder of the Pittsburgh-based Pharmacy Innovation Lab.
“We’re in a very fast-changing time where self-driving is the way to go.”
“We have an enormous amount of data from the pharma industry that shows that self-drive will reduce cost significantly and we are looking at this with great optimism.”
“In the future, we are going to see a lot of innovation in pharmacy.
We’re going to have to be prepared to have new products in our medicine cabinets that people want to use, because they know that the product is going to be more convenient,” Brown said.
“They’re going be able access it online or they can walk in and use it themselves.”
Pharmacies will need to be aware of this potential.
“The biggest threat is going in and taking a product that’s sitting on a shelf and putting it in your car,” said Brown.
“You’re going into a pharmacy, you’re not going to know if it’s safe or not.”
“Pharmacy innovation labs have been around for many years and have had a great success with it,” said Rob Johnson, founder and CEO of Self-Rescue.
“There’s nothing worse than sitting at home, wondering what is going on at home and seeing that a pharmacist is going about their job.”
Johnson said that the goal is to have self-prescribing devices available for both prescription and self-guided shopping trips by 2019.
“It’s a lot easier to do it by yourself,” said Johnson.
“If you are a pharma store, you can do it with a smartphone or tablet.”
“There’s a whole new generation of pharma consumers that want a lot more convenience,” said Green, the pharmacist.
“So if we can provide that, that will enable that new wave of innovation.”