RxSafe, a provider of automated medication storage and retrieval systems for pharmacies, recently introduced RxASP, a new line of prescription packaging machines. These machines are used to employ high-frequency (HF) 13.56 MHz passive RFID tags to avoid mistakes involving the storage or dispensing of medications in plastic pouches or packets that are provided to patients.
Dispensing is one of the vital elements of rational use of medicine. Clean, organized dispensing practice ensures that an effective form of right medicine is delivered to the right patient.
RxASP is equipped with enclosed honeycomb of what look like mailbox slots, each containing a canister to store a specific medication type and dosage. The machine automatically releases a specified number of pills, places them into a strip of plastic material and seals that material to form a packet or pouch—hence, the name RxASP (automated strip packager).
The RxASP machines are developed to remove the need for a tray, the manual counting of pills and the need to deactivate the machine during refills, and are intended to be more secure and efficient for filling prescriptions via strip-packaging.
The system can be used by institutional pharmacies that serve hospitals, prisons or nursing homes that can input a specific drug dedicated to each canister with an RFID tag (News - Alert) attached. The RxASP system calls for a particular medication and verifies its accuracy before allowing the canister to be filled.
Founded in 2008, RxSafe develops and sells systems to pharmacies that would enable a faster, more efficient and controlled method for dispensing medication.
William Holmes, RxSafe's CEO, said in a statement, RxSafe makes such equipment to enable the faster fulfillment of orders, including medication dispensed in plastic pouches that are administered to patients at institutional settings.
Holmes says the RxASP solution can also write data to the tag to block a drug from being dispensed during a recall.
Edited by Rachel Ramsey