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UAE launches first robot pharmacy to dispense prescribed medication at click of a button

The UAE Has Launched Its First Robot Pharmacy Where Robots Will Dispense Prescribed Medication At The Click Of A Button. It Can Store Up To 35,000 Medicines And Dispense Around 12 Prescriptions In Less Than A Minute

PTI | Updated on: 14 Jan 2017, 11:16:51 AM
UAE launches first robot pharmacy can store up to 35,000 medicines (File Photo)


The UAE has launched its first "robot pharmacy" where robots will dispense prescribed medication at the click of a button.

The robot is one of the latest smart technologies adopted by the authority to meet the 2016-2021 strategy, which aims to achieve a happy and healthy society, said Humaid Al Qatami, Chairman of the Board and Director-General of Dubai HealthAuthority.

The robot, which can store up to 35,000 medicines and dispense around 12 prescriptions in less than a minute, will start serving customers from tomorrow, Saudi news agency WAM reported.

The smart pharmacy was inaugurated in the presence of AliAl Syed, Director of the Pharmaceutical Services Department; Ahmad Bin Kalban, CEO of Hospital Services Sector, and Alya AlMazroui, CEO of Rashid Hospital.

As the robot can dispense up to 12 prescriptions in less than a minute, it will significantly reduce a person's waiting time, Al Syed said. The dispensing process will be paper-free as the robot will store the prescription as soon as a doctor documents it electronically.

Leveraging the robot for dispensing medication will alsoallow the pharmacist to focus on giving the customers right instructions on taking the medication, he added. 

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First Published : 14 Jan 2017, 11:10:00 AM

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