Automated Dispensing Cabinets Usage and Expansion Plans

September 2021 - Vol.18 No. 9 - Page #30
Category: Automated Dispensing Cabinets

The automated dispensing cabinet (ADC) market segment remains quite interesting. With cabinet use nearly ubiquitous across facilities of all sizes, pharmacy leadership is now focused on expanding the utility of this technology. Implementations of ADC monitoring software are expanding, more facilities are relying on bar code scanning during cabinet fills, and the popularity of specialty anesthesia cabinets continues to grow.

Slow but steady growth is the hallmark of ADC monitoring software, with just under three-quarters of all facilities having adopted this key software.


As facility size increases, so do the adoption rates for ADC monitoring software.


Omnicell, BD, and Medacist are the leading vendors in this category.


Omnicell, BD, and Cerner are the leading vendors under consideration for those pharmacy departments looking to purchase ADCs. Notably, most facilities are only reviewing two vendors in their search process.



Specialized ADC anesthesia systems continue to serve as the primary drug distribution method in the OR, followed by trays and boxes as well as standard ADCs. Just 5% of facilities utilize a satellite pharmacy dedicated to their ORs.


Adoptions of ADC anesthesia systems continue their upward trajectory, as these specialized OR drug distribution systems are now utilized by a majority of facilities.


BD is the leading vendor in this market segment, followed by Omnicell.


Health systems have widely embraced the added safety of bar code scanning during cabinet refills. In addition, more than half of those facilities that have yet to adopt this approach plan to do so within the next 3 years.

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