Cool pharmacy technology – UCSF Robotics

By | March 10, 2011

UCSF: “Although it won’t be obvious to UCSF Medical Center patients, behind the scenes a family of giant robots now counts and processes their medications. With a new automated hospital pharmacy, believed to be the nation’s most comprehensive, UCSF is using robotic technology and electronics to prepare and track medications with the goal of improving patient safety.

Not a single error has occurred in the 350,000 doses of medication prepared during the system’s recent phase in.

Robotics is nothing new, but it seems like everyone is taking notice of the new robotics in the pharmacy at UCSF. I suppose all the people pointing it out to me has something to do with the fact that UCSF School of Pharmacy is my alma mater, but you never know. Anyway, I’m pleasantly surprised to see UCSF taking such an active role in advancing pharmacy practice. When I spoke with some colleagues sill working for UCSF a little over a year ago they were still practicing pharmacy invented in the dark ages. Not any more.

Now I’m trying to get a hold of someone at UCSF that will let me stop by for a tour, and all of a sudden no one knows me. Poetic justice I suppose.

5 thoughts on “Cool pharmacy technology – UCSF Robotics

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  2. Jack Risenhoover

    Do you know if UCSF is using this for chemotherapy? When the first Apoteca ships to the US next month, I’ll invite you to come see it.

  3. Jerry Fahrni Post author

    Hi Jack-
    Sorry, but I don’t know if they have a robot making chemotherapy. My plan was to visit, but I haven’t had a chance to make the trip. I look forward to seeing Apoteca in action.
    Jerry

  4. Jack Risenhoover

    I neglected to follow up last year and someone brought this to my attention.

    Apoteca is now in live operation at Cleveland Clinic, making real-time chemotherapy preparations for individual patients. This is the fastest, most accurate robotic compounding in the world today – at 50% less cost per dose than the earlier generation robotics. If you have an opportunity to visit Cleveland and you are interested in this type of technology, it is fascinating.

  5. Jerry Fahrni Post author

    I’m ready when you are, Jack. Would love to see one in action.

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