Challenges Of Adopting The Right Automated Dispensing System

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American Society of Health-System Pharmacists says that the pharmacist’s responsibility is appropriate, accurate, and timely distribution of medications to patients. To better meet these responsibilities, distribution systems were developed to enable pharmacy staff to review medication orders and to supervise the preparation and filling or selection of medication dosage, as well as the delivery of the medication to patient care units. Automated dispensing systems have advanced to facilitate fulfillment of pharmacists’ distributive responsibilities, increase distribution-system capabilities, and improve efficiencies. The purpose of this paper is to show the benefits and the challenges of adopting the right automated dispensing system in a pharmacy.

Pharmacy industry requirements and the growing request for safety, quality, and accuracy within the pharmacy by health care professionals, patients, regulatory bodies, and manufacturers are driving the pharmacy automation market to increase in the next years. According to a study of global trends in pharmacy automation, by BCC Research (2014), the global market for pharmacy automation reached $ 3 billion in 2012. In addition, in its report, the researchers forecast that the market is expected to grow to $4.9 billion in 2018, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.8%.
Melissa Elder, BCC Research instrumentation and sensors analyst, said: In order to remain competitive in the pharmaceutical dispensing business,

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