Multi-dose packaging has been a part of pharmacy for longer than Iâ€™ve been a pharmacist. Itâ€™s mostly been limited to long term care (LTC), such as nursing homes, rehab facilities, etc. Itâ€™s not something thatâ€™s commonly used in acute care hospitals for a host of reasons, most notably medication regimens frequently change in acute care settings. Multi-dose packaging works best when the patient is stable and medications can be dispensed for multiple days, hence the popularity in LTC.
Recently articles have been cropping up for companies attempting to use multi-dose packing technology in the ambulatory care setting, i.e. outpatient pharmacy. The most recent of which is an article in the Tampa Bay Times, describing the M5000 robot (1) by MTS Medication Technologies, an Omnicell company. Check the video below.