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Robots to help pharmacies dispense medicine

New smart pharmacy to be rolled out over the coming months

Robots to help pharmacies dispense medicine

Dubai Health Authority is to introduce a robot that will dispense medicines in pharmacies across the emirates, claiming it will cut patient waiting time by up to 90 percent.

The new smart pharmacy, which was unveiled at Gitex Technology Week Exhibition, will also allow a pharmacist more time to offer counselling services to patients at the counter.

The new smart pharmacy is to be introduced in all Dubai Health Authority’s facilities in the emirate in the coming months. 

Each robot is stocked with the medicines, which are sorted on shelves inside the machine by the barcode on each medicine.

Based on the e-prescription issued by the doctor, the machine then dispenses the medicines to the pharmacist who then gives the medicine to the patient.

Speaking to Khaleej Times, Dr Nadia Al Marzouqi, acting head of pharmacy, said: “By the time the patient reaches the pharmacy, the prescription is verified by the pharmacist and the medicine is dispensed.”

Dr Manal Taryam, CEO of Primary Health Care said the system’s greatest benefit is its efficiency.

“The pharmacist simply needs to take the medicines received from the suppliers and put it into the system. The system sorts out the products and arranges them in the right place according to barcodes. Four hundred medicines can be sorted out in less than 30 minutes,” she added.

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