Publication Date 01/04/2014         Volume. 6 No. 3   
Information to Pharmacists

Editorial

From the desk of the editor

Business is tight!
Cash flow has evaporated!
The PGA calls for unity while simultaneously dismembering the business of consultant pharmacists.
The federal government continues to strip massive funds from the PBS to the extent that it is gasping for air.
Oh, and I forgot, the Revive Clinic thinks that pharmacists cannot vaccinate patients in community pharmacies ( It is actually a warehouse pharmacy group trying to destabilise the market here to push fellow-pharmacists off balance by supporting the Revive group).
Even wage-earning pharmacists have discovered that they have not had a rise in their pay over the past five years

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Yamaha VSP-1 ambient noise generator shields your voice during counselling sessions

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One of the reasons that pharmacies have not adapted to the provision for privacy locations (counselling rooms etc.) is because of the cost to provide, and the space that is taken up.
It's like the "chicken and the egg" - the space may not generate a return because it has to low a usage, but if the is provided in a convenient  and attractive location, usage would increase.
So what are the cheaper alternatives?

In i2P March 2011 edition a Scandinavian solution was illustrated in the form of a "hood light" that generated a "zone of silence" underneath it. This was a realively cheap and efficacious way of creating voice privacy.
In this article we examine some examples of "white noise", which is a special form of sound that neutralises other sounds (such as voices).
Young parents have found that when they bring home a new baby and have it sleep in an air-conditioned room, peace and tranquility prevails.
This is not so much from the cool surroundings, but from the "white noise" generated from the hum of the air-conditioner motor.
When the air-conditioner is shut off in cooler weather, the baby complains and everybody becomes sleep-deprived.
This is because the air-conditioner generated "white noise".
Entrepreneurial developers have taken this idea and installed various "white noises" on  mobile phones that are placed near the baby's cot and played all night.
The idea has caught on globally but microwave exposure may create another long-term health risk yet to be evaluated.
In this article we look at white noise installed in a pharmacy.

It isn't hard to picture the scenarios in a busy pharmacy where you need to discuss some private (and possibly embarrassing) details in public, but on the other hand, it's no good whispering in a noisy environment.
One solution?
Yamaha thinks adding more noise is the way forward.
Announced earlier this month is the VSP-1 noise generator, which is essentially just a speaker box that masks conversations in your desired location.
With its eight specially tuned ambient noise recordings from the seaside, forest, or river, the VSP-1 managed to mask between 47 percent and 89 percent of the conversations in four Japanese pharmacies, and the customers on the other side of the sound wall even enjoyed the soothing sounds.
Alas, Yamaha's little box doesn't come cheap -- you'll have pay around $1,267 for one when it comes out on April 20th.

There will obviously be competitors, so when decisions are being made about the private locations in your pharmacy, start to "think out of the square" for solutions that are efficient, economic and attractive in appearance.
Because more attention is being paid to privacy laws, it affects other professions and businesses as well.
Therefore check out other businesses before making your final decisions.
This is one area that pharmacy shop designers have yet to come to terms with.

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