Pharmacy Automation

The following reasons why RxCount RXF Medication Delivery Machines offer major economic benefits when compared with currently available Automation Machines in 2013.

Reasons for RXF Automation:

  • Machine price is approximately 1/10 of other machine
  • There is no high automation complexity which means virtually no maintenence is required
  • No transferring of pills to cassettes and that saves on labor time
  • Vials are simply hand selected from the door which opens
  • Labels and PMI’s can be printed separately and conveniently placed at the machine, ready for prescriptions as filled
  • Counting may be performed with any small efficient machine
  • Total time per prescription: 45 to 75 seconds
  • Efficient use of investment
  • Cash gain is immediate from the start of use
  • Unforeseen Automation Economic Issues with High Cost Automation Machines:
  • In evaluating design concepts of automated medication machines there is an unrecognized return on investment issue for independent pharmacies.

Current automated machines available as of 2012 generally have the capability to store hundreds of different medications and to stock the machine pills have to be transferred from the manufacturers’ bottles into special cassettes within the machine.

To have this capability requires two major investments:

Machine Purchase Investment:
Estimate: $150,000.00

Investment for Initial Medications:
Estimate: 500 medications of 1000 pills/bottle
at $0.50/pill = $250,000.00

Clearly this initial investment of 1000 pills per bottle may seem to high. However, to operate efficiently with cassettes it is best with large quantities of pills, otherwise the cost of frequent transferring for bottles to pills can easily become excessive.

Making such a large investment even more questionable, only 70 or so medications account for approximately 90% of all frequently prescribed medications.

The obvious answer therefor seems to be: Fill 70 of the cassettes at 1000 quantities, and the remaining 430 cassettes with ‘NON frequently prescribed medications’ in small 100 pill quantities. However this creates another problem: On average the ‘NON Frequent’ prescriptions will run empty after only TWO to THREE prescriptions and this incurs both a down time and a labor cost (travel time), plus the inconvenience to transfer small quantities of pills to refill the cassette with every 2.5 ‘NON Frequent’ prescriptions. Additionally, duplicate backup of small quantities will still be required.

In essence it seems that the $100,000.00 priced high volume automated machines may only become efficient for large high volume pharmacies processing 1000 or more prescriptions per day where the investment in 1000 pill/bottle sizes are both an affordable and wise investments.

All the above seems to mean is that for the small to medium size independent pharmacies, the amount of investment spent on the machinery for the infrequently prescribed medications would be a very poor investment.

Or to look at it from another viewpoint:
An investment may be better if focused on a realistically priced automated machine that efficiently handles only the 70 or so medications that account for the 90% of those medications most frequently prescribed.

Reasons for RXF Automations:

  • No high automation complexity
  • No transferring of pills to cassettes
  • Simply hand select vials from a drawer nearby
  • Labels and PMI’s can be printed separately and conveniently placed at the machine ready for prescriptions as filled
  • Perform counting with any small efficient machine
  • The total time per prescription: 45 to 75 seconds
  • Efficient use if investment