Pharmacy has a problem: One of the traditional core tasks for most pharmacists is getting medications to patients. Getting the right medication to the right patient at the right time carries the potential for direct interventions that improve patient outcomes. But the mechanics of medication dispensing are mind numbingly tedious, repetitive, and nearly impossible to perform without error.
Pharmacy also has a solution: Automation. Dispensing robots never get bored, never get distracted, and make far fewer mistakes than their human counterparts. And in this era of ever-shrinking prescription margins, dispensing robots free up pharmacists and technicians for more profitable clinical services that require human judgment.
In 2016, Tom Gierwatoski, RPh, installed a ScriptPro dispensing robot in his Platte Valley Pharmacy in Brighton, CO. Automation allowed him to boost prescription volume by 50%, freeing up time to expand compounding and grow nonprescription services such as durable medical equipment and diabetic shoe fitting while halving his dispensing staff. (Full Article)