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Study on barcode scanning technology in pharmacies

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The University of Strathclyde has been commissioned by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) to evaluate the use of barcode scanning technology within community pharmacies. While pharmacies have used scanners for some time for scanning GP10 prescriptions within PMR systems, the evaluation will focus on new uses of the scanning technology to aid medicine-related processes within the pharmacy (e.g. for accuracy checking, stock control, or for the Falsified Medicines Directive).

Details of the study

Researchers at the University would like to talk to pharmacies which use barcode scanning technology in one of these new ways. The evaluation will focus on how the technology is used and will ask for an opinions from the pharmacy team. The project will initially involve a short telephone interview with pharmacy managers or owners.

How to register your interest

If you’re interested in participating in this study or would like more information, please contact Natalie Weir from Strathclyde University at