DURHAM, N.C. – Pharmacy automation provider Parata Systems today announced the launch of their next generation vial-filling robot, Max 2. The pharmacy automation robot automates the labeling, filling, and capping of vials, aimed to improve workflow and meet demands of busy pharmacies. The company said that Max 2 can contribute to reduce costs and medication errors by automating up to 80% of a pharmacy’s oral solids with accuracy for drug and dose.
“Improving pharmacy workflow can directly increase patient safety,” said Mark Longley, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Parata. “The enhancements we made in Max 2 are designed with the pharmacy’s efficiency and accuracy top-of-mind.”
New advances in Max 2 include:
- Enhanced software that includes user-friendly navigation;
- Color-coded LEDs provide visual cues to alert pharmacy team members when caps and vials should be refilled;
- An integrated verification camera that captures the contents of every vial before capping;
- Internet connectivity through the company’s Parata Pulse service, which delivers business insights to enhance efficiencies;
- Automated drug cell calibration for quick and accurate National Drug Code (NDC) changes;
- A 2D barcode scanner to reduce manual NDC entry time.
“Innovation with pharmacy teams in mind is the driving force behind the enhancements we made to Max,” said Rocco Volpe, Parata’s COO. “We’ve listened to our customers and met the needs of the market, combining ease of use with the fastest vial-filling and capping solution our customers value.”
Pharmacy automation growing
In an August 2019 report, BCC Research predicted that the pharmacy automation market is anticipated to grow from $5.1 billion in 2019 to $7.8 billion by 2024, with a 8.6% compound annual growth rate. After experiencing purchasing holds for equipment from hospitals and other health delivery facilities in 2010 and 2014, the market is expected to gain momentum. Trends driving the growth in outpatient pharmacy automation markets includes:
- Aging population
- Improved drug therapy
- Access to medicines in rural and underdeveloped regions
- Steady construction in community pharmacy buildings throughout Europe
- Increasing disease incidence/prevalence
- Upgrading from older, outdated equipment
- Government incentives and requirements
- Long-term cost savings plans
- Growing use of IT in healthcare
- Demand for retail self-service options
- Streamlining operations and reducing errors and risk.
Systems included in the outpatient pharmacy automation market include dispensing/storage equipment; packaging and filling equipment; software and logistics products, and other equipment such as samples management, counting machines, and vial shredders.