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  • What are the real reasons?

    https://www.chemistanddruggist.co.uk...s-says-hancock

    Probably to address the problem that remains for keeping a community pharmacy in the community and not just online.
    Alexa can sort out your symptoms and help you to order a suitable medication that can be delivered by an amazon delivery service.

    Looks like another step towards oblivion.

    PS : How long before it can replace a GP visit now it is fully AI complete to replace pharmacists?
    47 BC : Julius Cesar : Veni Vidi Vici : I came, I saw I conquered.
    2018 AD : Modern Man : I shopped, I clicked, I collected.
    How times change.

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    It's an odd story in that the overlap of households likely to have alexa or similar products are not likely to be able to find information other ways. The consequences of this policy are going to be felt 5-10 years hence.

    We do get bombarded with low level questions, the internet is something that can do this much better than pharmacists and staff. We are there not to give the information. but for motivation, if a person hears the information off a human they might be more likely to follow through.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by mcitr View Post
      IWe are there not to give the information. but for motivation, if a person hears the information off a human they might be more likely to follow through.
      People have been getting information from humans for generations with little evidence that they follow through. After the initial novelty wears off they are unlikely to be any more or less motivated by technology.
      We all want as easy a life as possible. Unfortunately our easy life full of tasty calorie rich food with little physical activity isn’t a healthy one and that is a circle Alexa can’t square.

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      • #4
        Taken as an advance - this is a good step.
        In the overall strategy - it can be seen as another factor that will see the profession fade away completely.
        Am I the only one who feels this process accelerating daily?
        47 BC : Julius Cesar : Veni Vidi Vici : I came, I saw I conquered.
        2018 AD : Modern Man : I shopped, I clicked, I collected.
        How times change.

        If you find you have read something that has upset or offended you an anyway please unread it at once.

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        • #5
          Not at all. we are like the lemmings steadily marching towards the cliff and following the army horse shoe nail suppliers, the candle maker, etc.
          Pharmacy has had its say in the sun, now the darkness draws in.
          johnep

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          • #6
            The process is accelerating. A sustainable funding model is needed without it closure looms. Pharmacy also needs to enter the 21st century. Over the last 20 years Joe Public has become more educated than the average retail pharmacist in terms of qualifications, not knowledge, there will always be a need for the specialist knowledge.

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