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Automated Drug Storage and Retrieval

August 2020 - Vol.17 No. 8 - Page #18

Automating the drug storage and retrieval process, be it with carousels or robots, delivers a strong return on investment as it improves inventory turns, provides transparency into inventory costs, limits product loss from expired medications, decreases returns, and allows pharmacists to focus on clinical efforts, rather than medication checks. While larger facilities have taken advantage of this technology for many years, some small and mid-sized facilities are now looking to reap the same benefits.

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Despite the slight flattening this year, adoptions of carousels and robots to support inventory efficiency remain popular in pharmacy.


While automated systems are the norm in larger facilities, the number of hospitals with 101-200 beds utilizing this technology jumped from 23% to 30% this year.

The value of the increased efficiency and transparency that carousels and robots deliver is well appreciated in pharmacy. More than three-quarters of users (77%) strongly endorse their chosen vendor.

Omnicell, BD, and Swisslog continue to lead the automated storage and retrieval marketplace.

New adoptions of this technology are projected to largely benefit mid- to large-sized facilities over the next few years.

For those facilities planning to adopt this automation for the first time or looking to switch to a new vendor, Omnicell, BD, and Swisslog are the leading vendors under consideration.


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