Unit Dose Packaging Systems

August 2021 - Vol.18 No. 8 - Page #22
Categories: Liquid Unit Dose Packaging Machines, Manual Unit Dose Packaging Systems

Purchasing medications in bar coded unit dose became increasingly difficult this year, underscoring the importance of establishing an efficient repackaging operation with built-in quality controls. In response, more facilities are purchasing tabletop repackaging machines while also relying on flexible systems to support manual repackaging.

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Most facilities (64%) were able to purchase more than three-quarters of their medications in bar coded unit dose this year. However, that was a decline from last year, when 70% of facilities achieved this same milestone.


Purchasing more than 90% of medications in bar coded unit dose is a challenge few facilities have been able to achieve. This year, just 26% of health system pharmacies were able to purchase more than 90% of their medications as such, a drop from last year’s 34%.


It remains challenging to send 100% of medications to the units in bar coded unit doses; this year, just 41% of facilities met this goal. Nevertheless, almost three-quarters of facilities (74%) did send more than 95% of their medications to the units in this format.


Manual packaging systems are nearly ubiquitous in pharmacy; 92% of all pharmacies rely on these systems to ensure consistent bar coded packaging. Most facilities (65%) utilize these systems in an ancillary capacity to package medications such as allergy risks, hazardous drugs, nonformulary medications, and controlled substances.


The numerous vendors in this marketplace deliver high-quality solutions as demonstrated by the 96% satisfaction rating. Almost two-thirds of users (64%) assign top marks to their packaging vendors.



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