Pharmacists fill medical prescriptions for the general public. They work in pharmacies and supply a variety of medications from painkillers to birth control pills. To fulfil the day-to-day duties of a pharmacist, pharmacies must be equipped with a few basic instruments. Most of the below-mentioned equipment can be found at an equipment pharmacy.
The principal daily duty of a pharmacist is to fill medical prescriptions. Often, these prescriptions are for pills. One of the most crucial tools to fill pill prescriptions accurately and efficiently is a tablet-counting machine. Tablet-counting machines count pills quickly and accurately via a vibrating plate that drops pills onto a scale until the desired amount is reached.
Liquid-filling machines also automatically fill prescriptions. Whereas tablet counters fill pill prescriptions, liquid-filling machines fill liquid prescriptions. When a customer is prescribed a cough syrup or some other viscous medication, pharmacists use liquid-filling machines to accurately fill vials and bottles.
An autoclave is a machine used to sterilize equipment and tools used in the pharmacy. The devices come in all shapes and sizes but all types of autoclaves work the same way. They sterilize the tools by subjecting them to high-pressure steam, creating a temperature of more than 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Autoclaves help keep pharmacies and pharmaceutical equipment germ-free.
Tablet Hardness Tester
Hardness is among the five essential tablet qualities to test, along with thickness, width, diameter and weight. A tablet hardness tester is a handheld device used to precisely measure the hardness and friability (how easy a substance is to crumble) of tablets. Hardness and friability are important because they refer to the ability of the tablet to avoid breaking apart during transport
In general, facility requirements are oriented toward managing accidental exposure to toxins, having safe and appropriate ways to dispose of and remove hazardous drug waste, and appropriate, safe storage of all medications and supplies.
Pharmacies are required to maintain material safety data sheets or documents that track all potentially hazardous chemicals stored on their premises.
TJC recommends that pharmacies store internal and external medications separately from each other, and have space on shelves to separately store hazardous drugs, such as those used in oncology.
These are supposed to be stored at or below eye level. Requirements also stipulate that all hazardous drugs must be adequately labelled in the facility.
Facility requirements further state that any substances that could be flammable get stored in a cool location, and Rosa ensures that they are properly ventilated.