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Kirby Lester unveils Rx automation 'one-two punch'
October 17th, 2011
LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Kirby Lester has introduced the Kirby Lester 60/30 Combination, a solution that the company bills as packing "a one-two pharmacy automation punch."
The company said Friday that the 60/30 Combination merges the power of its KL60 dispensing robot with the versatility of its KL30 counting and verification system, enabling pharmacies to automate their top 90 medications — representing up to 50% of total orders — and verify the accuracy of 100% of their prescription orders. The remaining orders are processed with the KL30.
According to Kirby Lester, the 60/30 Combination offers a perfect solution for pharmacies that want to automate their top 90 or more medications but without the cost or complication of an oversized robot. The system, too, is ideal for pharmacies looking to bolster their medication dispensing safety, the company added. The KL60 automates 60 medications via cassettes, while the KL30 automates 30 or more medications via cassettes.
With the networked KL60 and KL30 operating together, pharmacy staff members use bar code verification, on-screen drug images and biometric scanning for every order, including all unit-of-use medications, ointments, opthalmics and prepackaged items, Kirby Lester said.
"The 60/30 Combination is a natural combination," commented Garry Zage, Kirby Lester president and chief executive officer. "No other automation supplier can pair up such well-matched dispensing systems. The two technologies in the 60/30 Combination are truly seamless in how they transfer orders through the pharmacy. And with the KL30, all oral solids are double-counted to ensure accuracy."
Occupying just nine square feet of floor space, the 60/30 Combination includes the networked and interfaced KL60 compact robot and KL30 dispensing and verification system, full interfacing to the pharmacy management system for immediate prescription transmissions, workflow software that streamlines the dispensing process, inventory management tools and on-screen drug images.