Feb 16, 2018

RxSafe Launches Revolutionary Adherence Packaging Automation for Retail Pharmacies

RxSafe, LLC has introduced a new automated strip packaging system for retail and health system pharmacies that enables on-demand adherence packaging production. The RapidPakRx™ system, with 23 cameras and three layers of integrated machine vision pill detection, verification, and inspection, helps pharmacies address the nation's medication adherence crisis. This issue leads to 125,000 preventable deaths and up to $300 billion in avoidable healthcare costs each year, according to the Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy.

RapidPakRx produces adherence packaging that organizes prescription medications into individual multi-med pouches. Each pouch is clearly labeled with pertinent information, such as medication name, day of week, date, and time of administration. The individual multi-med pouches make it easier for patients to remain adherent at home or on-the-go. According to BMC Health Service Research, 62% of patient non-adherence is self-reported as forgetfulness. 

"RapidPakRx is an affordable, effective, on-demand adherence packaging system. Pharmacies can now offer their patients a product that meets their needs and improves patient adherence," says William Holmes, President & CEO of RxSafe. "No one else has ever attempted to build a 'pour and package' multi-med strip packaging system. I am proud of the game-changing technology that RxSafe is bringing to market."

What truly differentiates the RapidPakRx system from competing machines is its patent-pending cartridge that can verify and dispense virtually any size tablet, capsule, or gelcap without calibration. For pharmacies that frequently switch generic medications, this is a huge step forward from machines that have been on the market for as long as 20 years. In addition, integrated machine vision verification and inspection means unsurpassed accuracy and significantly reduced labor costs for pharmacy owners. RapidPakRx can fill a 30-day supply of medications on demand, in as little as 10 minutes, with unparalleled accuracy. The RapidPakRx system stands out from the competition because of its all-in-one design, low price point, easiest-to-open packaging materials, and its ability to fit more unique pills per pouch. 

"Medication non-adherence is a costly problem in terms of patient safety, negative health outcomes, and lost productivity," says Holmes. "By empowering people to take their medications safely and easily, pharmacies can help their patients live independently, with a higher quality of life and fewer trips to the doctor or hospital due to taking the wrong medication or skipping vital drugs they need to avoid becoming seriously ill."

Love Oak Pharmacy in Eastland, Texas has been able to significantly expand its geographic reach because patients are asking for this innovative product packaging. "It gives us a unique selling point and distinguishes us from our competition, because no one else is offering this service in the area," says Ben McNabb, co-owner of Love Oak Pharmacy, an RxSafe customer.

"It has helped our business become more profitable because we are maximizing reimbursements from Medicare plans, maximizing the number of prescriptions filled per patient each month, and capturing many new patients that have complex drug regimens," he added.

RapidPakRx has the lowest daily operating costs in the industry. With automatic, variable pouch length, consumable pouch material costs are significantly less than the competition.

RxSafe also offers pharmacies a suite of marketing services, known as PakMyMeds. This is designed to support the successful introduction of strip packaging to new patient populations. The services assist pharmacies' marketing efforts with pre-designed packaging, collateral materials, and consulting services to make adding an adherence packaging program as simple as possible.

RxSafe is the leader in automated, high-density robotic storage and retrieval technologies for independent pharmacies. Our flagship RxSafe system enables pharmacies to take control of their inventory management, enhance patient safety, increase narcotics security, and improve profitability. RxSafe's RapidPakRx adherence packaging technology enables pharmacies to custom package patient medications on demand. RapidPakRx produces multi-med pouches with unprecedented throughput, accuracy, and efficiency, as well as the lowest consumables cost in the industry. For more information, visit www.rxsafe.com. To stay connected, follow RxSafe on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

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