UCSF Medical Center puts robots to use in pharmacy

March 7, 2011 6:57:18 PM PST
UCSF Medical Center is going high-tech in dispensing medicine.

Its pharmacy is now using robots to count and process patients' medications in an effort to improve patient safety. The hospital says not a single error has occurred in the 350,000 doses of medication prepared during pilot phase. The robots are kept in a sterile environment where the automated system prepares medicines, including toxic chemotherapy drugs.

UCSF says this will give hospital pharmacists more time to work with patients and doctors on drug therapy.