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UAE Launches its First Robot Pharmacy

A picture shows a robot which grabs medicines in the pharmacy of a hospital. (Photo Credit: AFP)

Dubai: 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 Health Authority.

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 Sunday, Saudi news agency WAM reported.

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

An automated robot arm picks up a bottle of prescription pills December 2, 2010 in the Medco pharmacy plant in Willingboro, New Jersey. Medco’s state-of-the-art automated pharmacy, the largest in the world, can dispense up to one million prescriptions a week. The plant prepares up to 10,000 packages a day that are mailed to customers who get their prescriptions through Medco. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA / AFP PHOTO / STAN HONDA

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.

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

Source: News18