If you own or manage a pharmacy, like me, then you should take a look at Rx Caps by Alpha Solutions. Whether you are a single independent or part of a small chain, we all have the same regulations and issues regarding theft of controlled medications. Not all controlled drugs are required to be locked up, so there are some out on the shelves and accessible to all staff in the pharmacy. If you have ever had some of these pills go missing, you have faced the dread of all the reporting that goes along with it. You have also had to deal with investigating the loss, and trying to figure out how and why it happened.
When it comes to selling pain pills on the street, ethics can get put aside for the potential money to be made selling pain pills on the street. Rx Caps add back a certain necessary deterrence needed to keep some staff members honest. These devices fit right over the cap of almost any size medication bottle. They provide a clear warning to a technician thinking about stealing from their employer.
Frankly, I have seen a lot of video files of pharmacy technicians (and even pharmacists) stealing pills. They may just take a few tablets or whole bottles at a time. They may self medicate, just taking a couple out of the bottle, and justify it to themselves for various reasons. Many times, however, they are taking them to sell. I have seen them go around a corner, open a bottle, and dump the contents into their lab coat pockets, into another stock bottle, or just stuff the whole bottle down their pants. They have put pills in the trash to retrieve later from the dumpster. They may just skim some from a patient’s bottle. One reason we had to outlaw cellphones in our pharmacies was because we had one technician that would text a friend to come by the drive thru window when the pharmacist went on his lunch break, so he could hand out a bag full of 500 count bottles. Then he would just go into the inventory system and adjust the balance in there to reflect the lesser amount. We have had a few get caught because they would order several extra bottles of certain medications from the supplier, steal them, and order more the next week. This would continue until someone finally caught on. Luckily, adjustments made in computers can be tracked, and usually provide a nice evidence file.
The fact is, most of those thefts were caught on hidden cameras that were installed after a problem was suspected. Rx Caps could have stopped a lot of those issues before they ever happened. The bottles are secured shut, and depending on their alarm level, may sound if removal is attempted or if tampering occurs. When your staff is aware that your business is serious about protecting its assets, they will be less inclined to try to steal. Cameras, inventory logs, bag checks and other security measures you have in place will go hand in hand with the use of Rx Caps.
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