Automated Drug Storage & Retrieval

August 2021 - Vol.18 No. 8 - Page #14
Category: Automated Medication Storage and Retrieval Systems

Adoption rates for automated drug storage and retrieval systems—carousels and robots—returned to their pre-pandemic pattern of steady growth. Almost half of all US facilities have adopted these systems. Looking ahead, expect a lot of motion in this marketplace as the number of facilities looking to purchase this technology jumped from 21% last year to 35% this year. There are a wide variety of well-rated vendors in this market segment offering automation that improves inventory turns and medication tracking, while documenting usage patterns.

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This year saw a return to adoptions of carousels and robots in support of greater inventory control and efficiency in the pharmacy.


Historically enjoyed by large academic medical centers, carousel and robot technology is now increasingly implemented across facilities of all sizes.


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%) give solid marks to their vendor. Likewise, few users are planning to switch to a different vendor.


Omnicell, Swisslog, and BD are the leading vendors in the automated storage and retrieval marketplace.

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Among those facilities currently without this technology, almost 4 out of 10 are planning to adopt automated drug storage and retrieval. Notably, mid-sized facilities plan to adopt at rates similar to those of their larger counterparts.


For those facilities looking to adopt this automation for the first time or to switch to a new vendor, Omnicell, BD, and Swisslog are garnering the most attention.

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