Devised to run on a basic personal computer (PC), the
software enables pharmacists to do entire office functions
from a single point. Features of the software include
Point-of-Sale (POS), Patient Information Management, Financial
and Accounting, Administration and Inventory Management.
"This gives pharmacists the freedom
to spend more time to talk to their customers or suppliers.
It will also prevent double orders being made and make
them more efficient. It will assist them and give them
the edge that bigger pharmacies have always had,"
Param told Computimes in Kuala Lumpur. He added that at
present five pharmacies are using Pharmacy Manager 2000.
The software provides a full accounting
system with receivables, payables, proft-and-loss and
balance sheet reporting. It also offers statutory reporting
where pharmacists have to keep track of the people buying
a controlled drug. Once the controlled drug is sold and
if the person is in the database, the pharmacist will
only have to key in the identity card number and the rest
of the information such as name and address will be provided.
Other features include label printing - data can be entered
through a keypad or through barcode scanning.
GS Vision is developing a customised version
of the solution with a small display, cash drawer and
printer through a tie-up with I-Berhad. Param said the
product is currently undergoing testing and is expected
to be available by year-end. The customised solution is
targeted at retail pharmacies and will be channelled through
the Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society. However, Param said
GS Vision is also interested in collaborating with anyone
who is interested in becoming a dealer for the solution.
Besides the software, GS Vision has set
up a website at www.efarmasi.com.my, which it jointly
developed with the Heath Ministry's Pharmacy Division
and the Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society. GS Vision's
Marketing Manager Linda Olivia Abdullah said 10 pharmacies
are currently registered with the website which gets an
average of 200 hits each day.
"In the market, youngsters come across
a lot of medicine. So, if you come across a medicine,
you can go and search for it. If it is not on the database,
then it is not a legal drug." Users, she added, are
also able to get the ingredients of a drug, properties
of a drug and even information on how to use a particular
drug during Ramadhan or by the elderly. The website also
has smart search capabilities which allow a user to search
for a drug even if they are not sure of its spelling.
SOURCE: New Straits Times, Monday, October 8, 2001.