BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. - AmerisourceBergen Technology Group on Thursday launched FastPak Elite, a tool that "reinvents the pouch packager to meet the demands of high volume pharmacy operations, by putting medications in convenient multi-dose packaging," the company stated.
"FastPak Elite is a next generation packaging solution that offers unparalleled versatility and modular configuration," said Tony Guarino, AmerisourceBergen Technology Group general manager. "FastPak Elite provides virtually limitless formulary capabilities and is the fastest packaging equipment we have delivered yet."
The FastPak Elite automates up to 100% of oral solid prescription medications. Factory-calibrated smart canisters can accurately accommodate, count and dispense nearly all sizes and shapes of oral solid medications. Each smart canister is lockable and equipped with an RFID chip and barcode identification capabilities to ensure that the correct medication is contained in the right canister.
The FastPak Elite RFID technology identifies the canister and records its contents regardless of where it is placed in the machine.
Software maximizes efficiency with a specially designed user interface that simplifies the production process, AmerisourceBergen Technology Group added. Pharmacy technicians can queue batches of medications that are selected, counted and dispensed into unit-dose and multidose pouches at the rate of up to 60 pouches per minute.
The FastPak Elite also features a pill cutter and a detachable table adjuster tray that has a capacity of 63 cells and allows dispensing of irregularly shaped or slow-moving medications that are not in canisters. Another feature — the software selects the most efficient pouch size to use, which saves up to 20% in paper usage versus devices that only offer static pouch sizing.