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Dose Administration Aids (DAAs) have
been enthusiastically adopted in Australia
as a means of reducing medicine errors
and increasing the efficiency of medicine
administration and adherence.
Good packing technicians are highly
prized and coveted by pharmacies for
being able to manually pack between
eight and 15 patients per hour, depending
on medication complexity and other
factors such as preparation.
Many studies have been completed over
the years to identify and benchmark the
error rates of the manual DAA packing
process. Results vary from as low as 4%,
to alarmingly high percentages of 40%
or more. Even a 4% error rate still means
that on average, every customer would
have two errors per year.
The tragic reality is that medication
packing errors can have devastating
results, as evidenced recently in New
Zealand with the methotrexate deaths.
While all pharmacists would agree that
accuracy must remain the highest priority,
many questions remain of how to retain
speed and profitability in a market that's
being squeezed ever tighter:
• How do I regain the ability to grow my
• How do I increase the quality of my
product to my customers?
• How do I develop, implement and
maintain a scalable business model?
Announcing the future
A new pharmacy robot may be the
breakthrough pharmacists have waited
for, finally integrating the speed of
automation, with the accuracy of
precision equipment. And Australia is
where the revolution begins!
The development of the Van den Brink
Machine (VBM) Automated Blister
Packing Solution, hailed as important to
pharmaceutical packing as when vision
checking technology was introduced,
and as much a game-changer, will be
launched globally in Australia at APP 2015
The VBM combines Dutch innovation,
engineering design and manufacturing
to be the first dispensary robot to pack,
dispense and check multi-dose blister
cards. Australian firm Dose Innovations is
the first globally to adopt this technology
from Global Factories, the Netherlands-
based market leader in medicine
The intelligent robot
The VBM can take automated dispensing
to the next paradigm by packing unit
and multi-dose blister cards that are then
checked digitally using the same process
as Global Factories' unique and patented
Medicine Detection Machine (MDM). The
MDM is already proven internationally,
ensuring the accuracy of millions of DAA
pouches every day.
The VBM system makes distribution of
medicine safer and more efficient than
previously thought possible. There is
traceable surveillance of packing, logging
detailed information about all checked
blisters -- each is photographed during
optical detection and the photo stored
for review. If pills are programmed in
correctly, the checking system results in
the lowest false alarm rate compared to
other checking machines globally.
Quality use and assurance
The advantages of automation are
exponential and self-evident: greatly
increased productivity and more time for
medication, counselling and customer
service, training and upskilling of staff and
business administration and development.
Admin around medication management
is streamlined by the VBM, freeing you
up to understand and mitigate the
often complex issues underlying poor
adherence and make a real difference to
The VBM process step by step
1. Data transfer from host -- Original order
from the host system is transferred to the
VBM database by specialised software.
2. Cassettes with pills -- The required pills
for one dosage intake are dispensed
by the cassette. The 200 cassettes
can be filled or exchanged during
3. Multifunctional Dispense Array (MDA)
-- Remaining medicine and other
medication is dispensed by the MDA.
Each machine has two MDAs, so does
not need to be stopped while filling.
4. Verification -- All medicines are collected
in a buffer and checked by the vision
control. The contents of each blister
compartment are photographed for
5. Dispensing tray -- Only correct dosages
will be dropped into the appropriate
space blister. When completely filled,
the blister is ejected where it can be
finished and packed.
Technical speci cations
Cassette capacity: 200
Unit dimensions (m): W 1.6 x H 2 x D 0.835
Weight: ~400--625 kg
Productivity: Up to 50 blister packs filled
and checked per hour
Power requirements: 3.8 A/PC power 3 A
The future of DAA packing
comes to Australia
APP2015 will be the launch site for Dose Innovations' revolutionary DAA
packing robot that heralds a new generation of unit and multi-dose blister
packing, accuracy and validation.
VISIT US AT APP TO SEE THE VBM IN ACTION!
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