Pharmacy tabletop unit-dose packager comparison [table]

Tabletop unit-dose packagers don’t get much respect, but have you ever been in a hospital pharmacy servicing more than 100 beds that doesn’t have one? I haven’t. Not to say that every pharmacy out there has one, but they’re certainly prevalent.

The Cadet by Euclid is pretty much synonymous for “tabletop unit-dose packager” in the pharmacy world. It’s akin to how people use the term Xerox to refer to any copy machine, or iPod for any mp3 player. So don’t be surprised if someone refers to your tabletop unit as a “Euclid” regardless of which one you have.

Anyway, I was doing a little research on the subject and thought I’d share my findings with you (table below). The one piece of data I don’t have is price; companies aren’t exactly transparent with that type of thing.

Product Vendor

Size

(L x H x W)

Weight

(lbs)

Drug Information Database

Speed

(packets per minute)

Oral Solid Package Size

Custom Package Label?
The Cadet Euclid Spiral Paper Tube Corp

39” x 12 “ x 14”

95

None

60

1.5” x 2”

Yes – Euclid Vantage Software
Cadet Twin Euclid Spiral Paper Tube Corp

47” x 13.5” x 17”

130

None

120

1.56” x 1.56”

Yes – Euclid Vantage Software
Cadet Twin 2×2 Euclid Spiral Paper Tube Corp

42” x 13.5” x 17”

130

None

120

2” x 2”

Yes(Euclid Vantage Software)
Auto-Print Medical Packaging Inc

36” x 14” x 15”

65

First Data Bank

60

2” x 1.5”

Yes – Pak-EDGE Labeling Software
Auto-Print Express 90 Medical Packaging Inc

36” x 14” x 15”

65

First Data Bank

90

2” x 1.5”

Yes- Pak-EDGE Labeling Software
iPack Rx Pearson Medical Technologies

40” x 14” x 18”

114

Alchemy from Gold Standard

48

Variable

2” x 1.25”

2” x 1.43”

2” x 1.67”

2” x 2”

Yes – m:Print Labeling Software

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