Kirby Lester’s KL60: Big Efficiency in a Compact Size
Kirby Lester (Lake Forest, IL) recently announced the pharmacy industry’s first and only compact, fully automated dispensing system. The KL60 efficiently performs all of the duties of a larger-sized robotic dispensing system, but in a space-saving size and at a money-saving price. Its dimensions— at 29 inches wide, 49 inches long, and 78 inches high—make the KL60 one third to one half the size of other dispensing technologies on the market. Handling the labeling and filling of a pharmacy’s top 60 prescriptions, the KL60 is a good fit for any retail or hospital pharmacy that dispenses from 100 to more than 1000 prescriptions per day. Its 60 drug-specific cassettes manage a minimum of 30% of a typical retail pharmacy’s prescription orders, processing more than 160 prescriptions per hour. In addition, the KL60’s smaller size helps to ensure that no slower-moving drugs expire within the device, making it a viable technology for pharmacies of all sizes. For more information on the KL60, visit www.kirbylester.com.
C-Ray Provides Leeway for Busy Pharmacists
TCGRx (Powers Lake, WI) has introduced a time saver for retail pharmacists—the C-Ray Electronic Pill Counter. With a counting speed of 100 pills in <25 seconds, the C-Ray permits pharmacists to devote their time to other important tasks. What sets the device apart from other pill counting mechanisms is its automatic separation of the prescription quantity from the return quantity. Visibility of pill pathways and access to them for ease of cleaning add to the C-Ray’s features. In addition, its price and size make it a viable solution for placement at every dispensing station. At 9.5 inches wide, 15.7 inches deep, and 9 inches high, the C-Ray is the right size for saving precious space behind the pharmacy counter. For more information, visit www.tcgrx.com.
Med-E-Lert Alerts Patients to Medication Times
ActiveForever (Scottsdale, AZ) has announced its exclusive distribution rights throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada, for the new Med-E-Lert automatic pill dispenser. Equipped with an alarm, the device helps to ensure medication adherence, especially for patients with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, or mental or visual impairments. With 28 compartments, the Med-E-Lert also provides efficiency for patients who take several medications, vitamins, or nutritional supplements throughout the day. Caregivers also can benefit from the convenience of the Med-E-Lert. The clear top allows for the user to monitor the status of medications within the device without unlocking it. The alarm, which can be customized from 3 choices including a blinking light, does not turn off until the Med-E-Lert is tilted to dispense the pills within it. It can be programmed up to 4 times a day for 7 days, and a lock and key help to further prevent medication errors. The Med-E-Lert is lightweight and battery-operated, making it ideal for travel. For more information on the Med-E-Lert automatic pill dispenser, visit www.ActiveForever.com.
ScriptCenter 24/7 Brings Convenience for Patients and Pharmacies
Asteres Inc (San Diego, CA) recently unveiled ScriptCenter 24/7 Automated Pharmacy Services, a technology that enhances ScriptCenter to offer patient convenience interactions in the store, at home, or on the go. The innovation expands ScriptCenter’s offerings to provide greater opportunity for engaging patients and increasing store sales. A self-service kiosk that works like an ATM machine, ScriptCenter 24/7 offers its trademarked Express Prescription Pickup; Prescription Drop Off . . . Anytime; One Touch Family Pickup; Order Refills; OTC Store; My Alerts; and ScriptCenter.com. With ScriptCenter, pharmacies can extend hours for prescription pickup without needing additional staff, as well as lighten the workload of long lines at the counter. The technology also can be employed in hospital settings. For further information on ScriptCenter, visit www.asteres.com.
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