TORONTO - Kiosks that resemble bank machines but instead take prescriptions and dispense medicine 24 hours a day are coming to hospitals in Ontario.

And supporters of the so-called "pharmacy in a box" say it is the future of the profession.

But Dennis Darby from the Ontario Pharmacists' Association says a machine can never replace the patient-pharmacist relationship.

The ATM-like kiosk dispenses pills like a vending machine and has a video screen linked to a real pharmacist who can talk to the patient.

The pharmacist has full control of the medication being dispensed.

Four of the PharmaTech kiosks have already landed in Toronto-area hospitals.

A pilot project at Sunnybrook in Toronto has dispensed hundreds of prescriptions without a single error since last March.