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UCSF Robotic Pharmacy ranked “Best of What’s New” 2011 by Popular Science
By David Jacobson / Thu Nov 17, 2011
The robotic pharmacy at the UCSF Medical Center is the recipient of a 2011 Best of What’s New (Archived) designation by Popular Science. Each year since 1987, the publication reviews thousands of innovations and chooses the top 100 winners that represent significant steps forward. The robotic pharmacy uses robotic technology and electronics to automate the preparation and tracking of medications with the goals of improving patient safety and increasing efficiency. To date, the system has assembled more than 1.5 million pill packages of patient medications without an error.
“While these robotics clearly increase the safety of dispensing medications to patients, they have also been proven to increase the pharmacist’s key oversight of the safe and effective use of medications in patients,” said Joseph Guglielmo, PharmD, chair of the Department of Clinical Pharmacy in the UCSF School of Pharmacy and assistant director of pharmaceutical services for the UCSF Medical Center.
About the School: The UCSF School of Pharmacy aims to solve the most pressing health care problems and strives to ensure that each patient receives the safest, most effective treatments. Our discoveries seed the development of novel therapies, and our researchers consistently lead the nation in NIH funding. The School’s doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) degree program, with its unique emphasis on scientific thinking, prepares students to be critical thinkers and leaders in their field.