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Dubai inaugurates new robot pharmacy as network grows

Dubai Health Authority opens a smart pharmacy featuring a robot for dispensing and prescribing medication in Latifa Hospital

Dubai inaugurates new robot pharmacy as network grows
The robot dispenses the prescribed medication with a click of a barcode, minimising any human error.

Dubai Health Authority (DHA) inaugurated on Monday a smart pharmacy featuring a robot for dispensing and prescribing medication in Latifa Hospital. 

This is the fourth of its kind in the DHA, as the authority launched two smart pharmacies at Rashid Hospital and one in Dubai Hospital earlier this year.

The robot in Latifa Hospital can store up to 35,000 medicines and dispenses around nine prescriptions in less than one minute. 

The robot dispenses the prescribed medication with a click of a barcode, minimising any human error, the DHA said in a statement.

The smart pharmacy was inaugurated by Humaid Al Qatami, director general of the DHA, who said adopting a fully integrated smart system for its pharmaceutical transactions reduces the chances of mistakes and reduces waiting times.

He added that depending on the robot to dispense the medication allows the pharmacist to focus on giving the customers the correct instruction on how to take the medication.

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