Robotic dispensing automation in pharmacy

Robotic automation has created a remarkable impact on every aspect of life. There is not even a single area which has not been changed dramatically due to the use of technology, automation, robotics, artificial intelligence, computers, software, and pharmacy is no exception to it.

Pharmacy Automation or medicinal robotic dispensing involves mechanical processes of handling and distributing medications. It was started in the late 60s but it was an expensive business at that time.

In the present age, the use of technology is getting cheaper and more companies are adapting to the trends because it’s now more economical to use technology than managing your organizations traditionally.  This is possible due to the low cost of machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies.

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The global pharmacy automation devices industry is growing rapidly and it is estimated that it would reach more than $ 12.00 billion by 2025.

There are few remarkable companies which are providing services in the field of robotic dispensing automation in pharmacy which includes;

  1. Pyxis Corporation:

It was founded in 1992 in the USA (San Diego) by Ronald R. Taylor. He was one of its founding members. This company was later on bought by Cardinal Health for $ 867 million and converted it to another medical tech company called Carefusion. This company was sold again and this time it was bought by another tech giant Becton Dickinson for over $ 12 billion.   This company has worked on the products of CareFusion and upgraded it according to the latest technological trends.

  • Automated dispensing cabinet (ADC):

As the name indicates this automated cabinet for the dispensing of medication has been created initially by Pyxis to ensure smarter and safer medication. It was developed and upgraded by Becton Dickinson, which is called Medstation. This system consists of one or more console (central controller) cabinets and pharmacy which has the ability to dispensed the drugs automatically to nurses and medication units accurately and without manual interference.

In case of manual handling of medicine the chances of errors are always higher but when the ADC is used the chances of error reduces to a greater extent. With the help of pharmacy automation, a smarter and safer environment can be created in which the right medication can be given to the right patient and overall patient medication experience can be improved.

It is also connected with a high-speed laser printer and one can easily take a print out of any report and medication record saved in the system. The ADC can dispense the medicine with greater accuracy, increased speed, greater security and maintain all the dispensing record effectively and with no or minimum chances of error.

  1. Omnicell:

Randall A. Lipps created this company in 1992. The company aimed to provide better health care facilities in Health care setups. The idea came in his mind when he admitted his daughter in the hospital and observed inefficient medical supplies to the patients by the hospital.

He concluded during his stay in the hospital that provision of medication and other health care supplies to IN and OUT door patients could remarkably improve the standard of hospitals in terms of provision of health care facilities. The company has developed various types of equipment and software for hospitals improvement, pharmacy automation and patient’s safety.

  • Omnicel XT Automated Dispensing Cabinets:

This automated dispensing unit provides the best solution to pharmacies to automatically dispensing the medicine to the patients and nursing counters. This system can be modified according to the need of pharmacies or hospitals. New hardware can be attached to it when necessary.

It is also integrated with the Electronic Health Record (EHR) system which can electronically collect patient medical information and save it in digital format.  If the patient loses his/her medical record or forgets to bring it at the time of medical examination, it can easily be searched in the system at the time of its requirement.

Some of its features are also a nurse- friendly. They can equally take benefits from it which will not only decrease their work burden but will also help them to perform effectively and with fewer chances of errors in the administration of medication.

3. YUYAMA: This is a Japanese pharmaceutical automation company, founded in 1964. After its inception, the company has grown tremendously. It has now established its office throughout the world. Its overseas branches are now present in USA, Taiwan and Shanghai.

This company has developed several amazing products so far for the automation of pharmaceutical industries, hospital pharmacies and big chain pharmacies. The most remarkable products of this company include Box package Dispensing Robot system and Fully automatic dispensing robot.

  • Box Package Dispense Robot System:

This system is suitable for large hospital big or chain pharmacies which have the capacity to server more than 3000 prescriptions/day. It is highly accurate and efficient in loading (2500 box/hr) and dispensing full package medicine box. Its dispensing speed is approximately is 400 trays/hour and each tray containing 5 boxes.  Its accuracy is attributed to barcode scanner/ reader A high-resolution printer is attached to it which print the details of every prescription.

  • Full automatic dispensing robot

Full automatic dispensing machine. It is available in two models ie DimeROII (for large scale operations) and mini DimeRo (small scale dispensing). Both of these are of the best quality and will improve your productivity while utilizing less manpower. The weight of the large size machine is 600 kg while that of the small one is approximately 500 kg.

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