New pharmaceutical kiosk coming to Central Illinois


Shan Nanji is a third year medical student but he was a patient when his lung collapsed a few years ago.

"After my second lung surgery in 72 hours I was given the wrong medication and the medication they gave me reversed all my pain meds," Nanji said. "And then so that's when I started to think about how I could find a solution to this. And it took some time but this is what I came up with."

It's called KISSPharm: Keeping It Simple Series, an online tool with video tutorials and a kiosk in local pharmacies that will educate patients about their medication in a quick and easy way.

"So they know how the medication works, so they know what the side effects are," he said. "We want to make sure they have accurate, concise, up-to-date information so that they can get well sooner."

It's good for patients and good for doctors.

"You can't always call your physician to ask them every single question," said Dr. Alia Safi with the P.A.S.S. Program. "This would be a quick reference tool they could use if I forgot to tell them something which might be important for them."

And it's also a plus for pharmacies.

"We are looking always for mechanisms to help streamline the process of providing information and education to our patients," said Rahim Rajan a pharmacy owner in Calgary, Alberta.

The answer to your next medical needs could soon be just a click or kiosk away.

These kiosks would not replace the help doctors and pharmacists already supply but act more as a supplement. The kiosks will have information about 300 of the most commonly prescribed drugs and eventually these tools will be translated in up to six languages.  The series will be up in running in about two months.

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