UCSF Robotic Pharmacy ranked “Best of What’s New” 2011 by Popular Science

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 is a premier graduate-level academic organization dedicated to improving health through precise therapeutics. It succeeds through innovative research, by educating PharmD health professional and PhD science students, and by caring for the therapeutics needs of patients while exploring innovative new models of patient care. The School was founded in 1872 as the first pharmacy school in the American West. It is an integral part of UC San Francisco, a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide.