Capsa Healthcare has announced that its Kirby Lester KL-SR robot features newly designed universal cassettes with virtually no chance for human error when changing a medication. The KL-SR robot eliminates the common problem with traditional pharmacy robot cassettes. Self-calibrated cassettes are convenient, but are subject to falling out of calibration and miscounting, thus requiring regular re-calibration. And pre-automated cassettes are NDC specific, so new cassettes could be needed after a wholesaler medication source switch.
According to the company, the KL-SR bridges that gap by using digital image processing technology to auto-calibrate cassettes. All cassettes can be calibrated to a new NDC on-site at any time. The medication database contains precise measurement for common NDCs, and any cassette will auto-adjust and lock in while docked in the KL-SR cassette station. Cassettes also have a dual-lock security feature to prevent unauthorized access.
Christopher Thomsen, VP of business development for pharmacy automation, sees the KL-SR as a market changer. “The KL-SR is essentially the first new vial-filling robot in more than a decade. Every other robot before has been just incremental improvements,” he says.
The KL-SR automates 108 high-moving tablets or capsules, which account for 50% or more of daily prescriptions. The KL-SR is the eighth new product launch in a decade for Capsa Healthcare’s Kirby Lester brand.