BOSTON — Drug Store News editors scoured the show floor at NACDS Total Store Expo for the hottest, most innovative products. Below, DSN presents our Hot Product Picks in the pharmacy technology and automation category.
IMA North America
The latest in pill-counting technology from IMA North America debuted at NACDS Total Store Expo this year. Designed for high-volume and central fill operations, the counter uses an electromagnetic field to count more than 500 pills per minute. The machine is almost immune to dust build-up, reducing downtime for cleaning, according to IMA North America’s Chris Comeau. The pill counter also can be calibrated wirelessly using a tablet. The new machine, through a recently announced partnership with Innovation, will be integrated with Innovation’s high-volume pharmacy systems.
Two of the biggest pain points for pharmacies can be inventory management and space management, and RxSafe’s RxASP 1800 looks to solve both while streamlining workflow and reducing errors. The machine allows users to log-in using a fingerprint and automates the daily put-away process, using random-order storage for all drugs, including narcotics. It also works to reduce theft, diversion and errors by alerting users when an expected pill count or weight isn’t detected. According to RxSafe’s Stanley Kinsey, the company has installed 150 of the devices so far, and has seen exponential growth in demand each year.
As the November 2017 deadline for the Drug Quality and Security Act approaches, requiring package-level pharmaceutical serialization, Kentucky-based ApacePak has made sure its bottling and blister card packaging lines are ready for the change. The company looks to help customers meet track-and-trace requirements by offering as many as four levels of aggregation for its two high-speed bottling lines and up to three levels of aggregation for its two blister packaging lines. The company also offers barcode verification on bottles and blister packs.
Pharmacy drive-through solutions company E.F. Bavis brought its new Bavis Enhanced Audio Module, or BEAM, to NACDS Total Store Expo. The solution can take incoming audio and eliminate echoes and such repeating sounds as truck engines. BEAM can be used at drive-through locations using a microphone and receiver, locations that use a phone system as the internal audio communication point, and with systems that supply audio through a voice over internet provider (VoIP) system.
Rochester, N.Y.-based VoicePort unveiled a rebranding of its PharmaPhonetics system at NACDS Total Store Expo, introducing its CLARO suite of solutions. The change is aimed at highlighting VoicePort’s evolution of its platform from pharmacy communications to a suite of analytics and pharmacy intervention solutions. Among the components of CLARO are inbound and outbound communication services, appointment scheduling, patient segmentation and campaign management, as well as a “Meducation” offering to optimize clarity of medication instructions. Immunization and medication synchronization services are also part of the CLARO suite.