Pharmacy Steps Into Future With Pill Packer

It’s been easy to see how Keith Guy’s pharmacy network keeps growing, with a new store that just opened in Summit representing the most noticeable expansion.

Guy, who also owns the Medical Center Pharmacy on Marion Avenue in McComb, Southwest Discount Drugs in the Pike Center Mart and stores in Brookhaven in Crystal Springs, rarely sits still when it comes to his business. And lately he hasn’t had the opportunity to.

The long-anticipated opening of the Summit store last week coincided with another significant development for Guy — the installation of an automated pill packaging system at Southwest Discount Drugs, which will soon have a major logistical role in serving customers at all of Guy’s stores.

“This machine is the newest technology and it’s going to be the fastest,” said Guy, who had been looking at installing the device for the past 21⁄2 years and decided to hold off until an “easier, faster, newer” version of the RapidPakRX came out.

Pharmacists optically scan medication, which is photographed by a computer. They set up a dosage schedule and then load it into cartridges. The machine figures out how to package it all, spitting out perforated sleeves of cellophane packets of medication.

Labels on the packages have icons of the rising sun for pills to be taken in the morning, a sun for pills to be taken during the day and a moon for nighttime medications, with the recommended time of dosage printed on the label, as well as what’s inside each packet.

“It tells you the particular date you take them and what’s inside,” Guy said. “We can schedule it if they take one pill once a week.”

Store pharmacist Dennis Lee said the packages will help patients keep better track of their medication and make sure they’re not taking too much or too little of it. The convenience for customers can be seen in many other ways, he said.

“If you’re going to visit somebody for a weekend, you just tear off what you need, stick it in your purse or whatever,” Lee said.

With the addition of the RapidPakX, Southwest Discount Drugs will package medication for  customers who request the service at all of Guy’s locations.

“This is going to be central. We will fill for our other stores here,” Guy said, adding that customers can still choose to pick up their medication at whichever drug store they prefer. “I’ll actually have to fill the prescription here, but you won’t notice it.”

The pharmacy also will deliver the medications.

“We are going to deliver once a month to you, even if you lived in Byram,” Guy said, adding that deliveries will be done in about a 40-mile radius “all up and down I-55.”

The packaged medication comes in a white cardboard box.

“There are some exciting things going on that we hope to bring to this area. That’s been the goal down through the years,” Guy said.

Anti-Counterfeit Pharmaceutical Packaging Market Will Register A CAGR Of 12.6% By 2026

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

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Future Market Insights (FMI) has published a new report, which is titled, “Anti-counterfeit Pharmaceutical Packaging Market: APEJ Regional Market to Register Healthy CAGR During the Forecast Period: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment, 2016-2026.” The widespread counterfeiting of medicines has forced the pharma manufacturers to opt for secure solutions. One of the preventive measures these companies use is anti-counterfeiting packaging. It is estimated that globally around 10 to 15% medicines are counterfeited. Counterfeited medicines are fake medicines. Such medicines may be composed of the wrong ingredients or may be contaminated. This puts the global pharmaceuticals market in danger.

Fake medicines affect the pharma company’s reputation along with the patients. Thus, an increasing number of pharmaceutical companies are using anti-counterfeit solutions with the packaging of their products. Among the various packaging options, water, hologram and bar code are conventional methods. New and innovative options like integrating authentic overt features with covert elements, forensics and track and trace elements are being adopted by the pharmaceutical companies, thanks to the advancement in technology.

3M track and Trace solutions are expected to lead the entire market by 4.5% share and are expected to leave the other contenders behind. Avery Dennison and Sicpa Holdings are expected to give fierce competition to the market leaders during the projected period. This widespread and fragmented market is filled with competitors who offer anti counterfeit pharmaceutical packaging. In the current scenario these targeted companies are predicted to cover 12% of the entire market share and the rest will contribute to 82% of the global Anti-counterfeit pharmaceutical packaging market.

Region wise, North America is expected to dominate in the global anti-counterfeit pharmaceutical packaging market during the forecast period. Even in 2015, North America led the market for anti-counterfeit pharmaceutical packaging by accounting for 34% of the total share of the global market in terms of revenue. North America being the largest pharmaceuticals and biologics research hub, exports bio pharma products across all geographies. Another factor that will boost growth of the pharmaceutical sector in the region is the significant investment of companies in R&D.

The fastest growing market over the forecast period is predicted to be Latin America with a CAGR of 12.7% between 2016 and 2026. In MEA region Africa’s changing economic profile is influencing local as well as international players to expand their markets in the region. In the Middle East and Africa, the anti-counterfeit pharmaceutical market is estimated to expand at a fast paced CAGR of 11.5% by 2026 due to the growth in the economy of the region.

The anti-counterfeit pharmaceutical packaging is segmented on the basis of technology into security inks and coatings, security printing and graphics, RFID (active tags, semi active tags, passive tags) hologram, mass encoding (Barcode application, digital mass serializatio) and others (Electromagnetic, Surveillance technologies). The value of RFID technology segment in the global anti-counterfeit pharmaceutical packaging market was US$331.8 mn in 2015 and is expected to come close to a market value of US$1,146.8 mn by 2026, expanding at a CAGR of 12.3% from 2016 to 2026. The segment is anticipated to create an incremental $ opportunity of US$ 786.8 Mn between 2016 and 2026.

The global anti-counterfeit pharmaceutical packaging market is segmented on the basis of usage feature as convert features, forensic markers, divert features, tamper evidence, and track & trace technologies. The track & trace technologies segment is predicted to be worth US$ 2,742.5 mn by 2026 and expand at a CAGR of 13.1% over the forecast period. The track and trace segment is estimated to account for 40% by 2026.

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Innovate And Win The Future Through Intelligence, P-MEC China 2019 To “Set Sail” Intelligently

SHANGHAI, Dec. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The National Medical Products Administration of China officially issued the Guiding Opinions on Building Information Technology-Enabled Drug Traceability Systems in Nov. 2018. The introduction of this Guiding Opinions marks the return of the drug traceability system after the electronic supervision code system was halted in 2016. Tracking and source tracing of information in pharmaceutical production, circulation, and use, etc. through information-technology-enabled means to form an organic whole will become a development trend of the industry in the future. Chinese pharmaceutical enterprises have attached greater importance to the improvement of enterprise information management as successive favorable policies are introduced.

P-MEC China 2019, a grand international party for the industry exchange and cooperation, and common development in the pharmaceutical field that is hosted by China Chamber of Commerce for Import & Export of Medicines & Health Products (CCCMHPIE) and UBM EMEA and co-sponsored by Shanghai UBM Sinoexpo International Exhibition Co., Ltd. (UBM Sinoexpo), will “set sail” intelligently on June 18-20, 2019 at Shanghai New International Expo Centre. The exhibition will further upgrade and optimize the Pharma Automation & Information Zone first launched in 2018 – it will be located in Hall N1 to co-locate with global leading pharmaceutical equipment manufacturers. The “Automation and Informatization Forum” will also be held concurrently, to provide pharmaceutical enterprises and pharmaceutical equipment enterprises with an efficient platform for display, exchange, cooperation, and learning.

To help the Chinese pharmaceutical producers welcome the new era of intelligent production

Tang Jiliang, a former researcher of Shanghai Institute of Pharmaceutical Industry, said in an interview, “The real intelligent manufacturing can effectively shorten product development, increase production efficiency, improve product quality, and reduce resource and energy consumption. All those advantages are what traditional pharmaceutical industry lacks and urgently needs. In the coming years, intelligent manufacturing will become a development trend of the global pharmaceutical industry that serves as a part of the manufacturing industry.”

P-MEC China is a prestigious event of the pharmaceutical engineering and machinery industry in China and Asia-Pacific region. The host, in order to accurately show the current situation of pharmaceutical automation and informatization in China and assist pharmaceutical enterprises to achieve compliant and efficient development, will make every effort to increase promotion of the Pharma Automation & Information Zone in 2019, so as to attract industry top enterprises to join. The zone will cover three aspects: system integration (providing overall project solutions and implementation schemes), automatic products (robots, manipulators, mechanical transmission products, AGV automatic logistics equipment and systems, mechanical lifting and handling equipment, packaging and sorting products, sensors, controllers, inverters, and instruments and valves, etc.), and information system (MES, ERP system, cGMP management system, CaaS, IDC-internet data center, and industrial big data service), to give visitors a close look at the leading techniques in the global intelligent manufacturing field.

To focus on the pharmaceutical intelligent manufacturing and achieve upgrading and transformation of traditional industry

Besides the product display, there will be a 1.5-day “Automation and Informatization Forum” held in the Pharma Automation & Information Zone, to directly touch upon core elements of pharmaceutical intelligent manufacturing. The host will invite international top technology providers and representatives of Chinese leading pharmaceutical enterprises, to share and discuss the most popular information applications presently in use as well as automatic production process upgrading, bringing visitors a deluge of intelligent knowledge. The forum will cover fascinating topics including “Multi-place Coordinated Production of Pharmaceutical Enterprises based on Digitalization and Informatization”, “From R&D to Production–How to Largely Increase Efficiency through Transparent and Complete Information Data”, “A Focus on Pharma 4.0–What Do We Lack for Achieving Intelligent Pharma?”, and “How to Achieve Robustness Improvement of the Production Process through Perfection of Data Integrity”.

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