LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Kirby Lester, a pharmacy automation provider, announced that 97% of the company's KL60 and KL100 pharmacy robot users reported that the device improved their pharmacy's operations. The study included retail and outpatient pharmacies across the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada.
The robotic dispensers were found to boost efficiency and result in a positive ROI, according to the company. Other findings from the Kirby Lester Robotics User Study include:
- 92%: the Kirby Lester robot significantly reduced time and stress during Pharmacist Check;
- 85%: the Kirby Lester robot saved five to 10 hours per week in technician labor alone;
- 78%: the Kirby Lester robot enabled the pharmacy to increase or expand business;
- 74%: the Kirby Lester robot enabled the pharmacy to increase prescription volume without adding additional staff; and
- 85%: pharmacies processing as few as 150 to 200 prescriptions per day would reach positive ROI with a Kirby Lester robot.
"The old rule of thumb stated that an ROI for a pharmacy robot was at 300 or more prescriptions per day, but that was before Kirby Lester brought out the first compact, actually affordable robot in 2010. The KL60 changed the model completely," said Christopher Thomsen, Kirby Lester's VP business development. "Today, our customers engage in serious discussions about robot ROI much earlier. They realize that if they can reduce prescription production labor, they can then reallocate their staff and those hours to MTM, medication synchronization and other patient-focused and higher-margin projects."
Kirby Lester's KL60 and KL100 pharmacy robots will be on display at the NACDS Total Store Expo in Boston, Mass., which takes place Aug. 22 to Aug. 26.