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INDUSTRY WATCH: July/August 2015

Innovation, makers of PharmASSIST pharmacy automation solutions, has announced that Moose Pharmacy in Mt. Pleasant, N.C., has implemented an RxSafe 1800 robotic inventory control system, which is integrated with the PioneerRx pharmacy management system used at the pharmacy. While RxSafe is driven by robotics, it is not a vial-filling robot. Instead, the system stores, retrieves, and maintains inventory to the pill without any repacking.

In commenting on the installation, Whit Moose, R.Ph., manager and co-owner of Moose Pharmacy, says the system replaced three shelving bays, which eliminated the need to restock those shelves and freed up staff from having to retrieve and return stock while filling prescriptions. The RxSafe system has also added an extra level of security for Schedule II drugs.

Moose points out that the efficiency gains from RxSafe now allow one technician to work the majority of the time on the pharmacy’s adherence program.

The Mt. Pleasant pharmacy is the original Moose Pharmacy, which opened in 1882 in the same building where the original store stood. It is one of five Moose family pharmacies located throughout North Carolina.