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FastPak Elite rolled out by AmerisourceBergen Technology Group
July 11th, 2014
BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. – AmerisourceBergen Technology Group has launched FastPak Elite, an automation solution that the company said reinvents the pouch packager to meet the demands of high-volume pharmacy operations by putting medications in convenient, multidose packaging.
FastPak Elite automates up to 100% of oral solid prescription medications.
AmerisourceBergen Corp.'s pharmacy automation unit said Thursday that the FastPak Elite automates up to 100% of oral solid prescription medications. Factory-calibrated smart canisters can accurately accommodate, count and dispense nearly all sizes and shapes of oral solid medications.
Each smart canister is lockable and equipped with an RFID chip and bar code identification capabilities to ensure that the correct medication is contained in the right canister. The RFID technology identifies the canister and records its contents regardless of where it is placed in the machine.
Also, the FastPak Elite's software maximizes efficiency with a specially designed user interface that simplifies the production process, the company said. Pharmacy technicians can queue batches of medications that are selected, counted and dispensed into unit dose and multidose pouches at the rate of up to 60 pouches per minute.
An in-line pill cutter enables dispensing half-tab medications, lowering the costs associated with pill cutting and minimizing time spent loading trays. In addition, a detachable table adjuster tray has a capacity of 63 cells and allows dispensing of irregularly shaped or slow-moving medications that are not in canisters.
Intelligent software, too, selects the most efficient pouch size to use, which saves up to 20% in paper usage versus devices that only offer static pouch sizing, according to the company.
"FastPak Elite is a next-generation packaging solution that offers unparalleled versatility and modular configuration," stated Tony Guarino, AmerisourceBergen Technology Group general manager. "FastPak Elite provides virtually limitless formulary capabilities and is the fastest packaging equipment we have delivered yet."