Long-Term Care Pharmacy Automation Solutions

TCGRx has developed the industry’s most flexible and reliable solutions so you can continue delivering first-rate customer service while also growing your business. With products like ATP® 2, InspectRx®, and Beacon®, we offer tools and complete systems that allow you to fill more prescriptions with less space, labor and inventory. By making small adjustments in the software and hardware, TCGRx systems can address the various needs of your patients.

Long-Term Care Facility Benefits

No two facilities are the same, but each is hampered with time consuming repetitive tasks. TCGRx offers medication adherence packaging solutions to help facilities with these repetitive tasks allowing the staff to spend more time with the patients. With unit dose and multi-med pouch packaging, cart conversions, and dispensing boxes, your pharmacy can offer long-term care facilities the tools needed to improve the overall workflow medication administration in the facility.

Blister Packs to PouchChanges from blister/bingo cards to pouch are substantial

  1. Reduces the risk of nurses dispensing the wrong medication

The packages are clearly labeled to make it easy to identify and accurately administer medication against the Medication Administration Record (MAR).

  1. Easy-to-read package labeling

For the more independent patients at your facility, our easy-to-read adherence packaging is flexible and allows the font to be as large or small as needed for self-administration.

  1. Cart Conversion

Our solutions fit into modified carts with cart conversion kits, available by the cart manufacturer. TCGRx helps streamline the distribution process at the long-term care facility, and the pouches fit into many existing carts.

  1. Blister cards are time-consuming

Blister cards are difficult to maintain, store, sort, and dispense. There is medication waste, and blister cards make it difficult for residents to have away time from the facility due to the complexity of the medication regimen. Multi-med packaging enhances resident safety with optional barcoding for facilities with bedside scanning. This will reduce medication administration time by the staff, and medications can be organized by resident, pass time or wing, and each is clearly labeled with medications, administration time and dosage in an easy-to-tear pouch.

5. Pair multi-med packaging with multi-med / unit dose boxes

By storing pouches in boxes helps to provide an organized way to distribute medication to the patient floor in long-term care environments, and fits into many existing medication carts for dispensing, without the need for a cart conversion kit.

6. Adherence packaging costs less than traditional blister cards

When dealing with long-term care facilities, the pharmacy absorbs the cost of the packaging the medications that go to the residents of the facility. Pouch packaging not only guarantees patient safety, but it can also reduce pharmacy consumable costs up to 90%.

How to identify the needs of your long-term care pharmacy

Each pharmacy is different and has its own unique needs. We have the most experienced team in the industry for pharmacy consulting and design. Our flexible equipment allows us to integrate TCGRx’s automation into your pharmacy’s current space. Our talented staff of designers and engineers work with you to determine your needs and analyze your workflow to define the appropriate products for your long-term care pharmacy.

1. The process starts with a consultation from our sales team.

Your local Sales Director can visit your pharmacy to see your current workflow and discuss any issues you may be facing, and also offer additional solutions to areas that could use improvement. In many instances, a simple change in your workflow processes, with the addition of pharmacy automation, can vastly improve pharmacy function, labor and efficiency.    

Reasons to Utilize Pouch Packaging Instead of Blister Cards

  1. Pouch packaging guarantees medications are being administered as prescribed.

  2. Blister cards are time consuming to fill and check. Pouch packaging is automated, and accurate.

  3. Short-cycle dispensing pouch packaging reduces the amount of medication waste. Blister cards are dispensed in 30-day supplies, where pouch packaging can be dispensed in 2-2-3, 7-day, 14-day, 28-day or 30-day supplies.  

2. TCGRx workflow engineer brought on to the project*

Depending on the size of the space and complexity of the project, our workflow engineer may visit the pharmacy to reevaluate the workflow if integrating new pharmacy automation, or suggest inventory management solutions to help with any wasted space.

3. TCGRx will provide you with a quote

It is a quick process for TCGRx to identify your retail pharmacy needs. Depending on budget, your retail pharmacy can buy a piece of equipment now and another piece next year. You may see that things have improved in your workflow, but you may also find things that still need to be improved upon and TCGRx can reevaluate your retail pharmacy astime progresses. One of the best aspects of working with TCGRx is that everything is mobile and on wheels so it can be moved around if your design changes at a later date.

4. Provide Marketing Materials to Long-Term Care Pharmacy Staff.

TCGRx can provide your pharmacy with marketing materials to take to the long-term care facilities you serve, explaining the methods that are available to improve their current medication administration processes. We provide you with the tools necessary to educate your facilities about converting from blister cards to pouch packaging.

 

TCGRx has developed a comprehensive line of long-term care pharmacy solutions including automated oral-solid packaging, automated oral-solid packaging, medication inspectionstorage pharmacy fixtures and inventory management systems. Your long-term care pharmacy can use our modules or integrated systems with your current equipment, or TCGRx can design your pharmacy. TCGRx offers some of the most innovative solutions with our ATP® Series for adherence packaging to provide more accurate filling and reliability. Our medication adherence packaging is labeled with strength, instructions, and pass time, ensuring distribution to the appropriate patient.

Solutions for your Long-Term Care Pharmacy

ATP® 2

Discover the newest product in the ATP Series, our industry-leading oral solid automated tablet packager. Engineered to provide better performance and reliability, the new ATP 2 facilitates both unit dose and multi-med packaging with simple-to-use software. It can accommodate 64 to 480 canister medications, and is the only system on the market that offers a total “closed loop” solution for dispensing both canister and non-formulary medications.

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ATP-71

Designed specifically to have a small footprint, ATP-71 allows for 100% automation of all oral solids in 71 fully automated medication canisters supplemented with universal filling tray. ATP-71 has the ability to package either unit dose or multi-med pouches. If you need to package 1 or 2 of the same pill per pouch, our unit dose machine is ideal to handle this task.

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RTP™

RTP, our Remote Tablet Packager, provides compliant, on-demand packaging for immediate medication access in a nursing facility for Cycle Fill, LOA, STAT and 1st Doses. Reduce medication waste costs and improve your bottom line by decreasing urgent deliveries and reliance on back-up pharmacies with constant access to RTP.

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AutoSense™

AutoSense utilizes unique technology and proprietary coding that is applied to formulary canisters in the ATP® pouch packaging device. It automatically detects the canister replacement, and updates the database regardless of its placement within a designated drawer, allowing the expansion of automated formulary without the need to purchase expensive capital equipment.

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SmartTrayRx™

Working in tandem with ATP® 2 Series, SmartTrayRx facilitates accurate filling of non-canistered medications through a fully-interfaced application that directs the technician to fill the item using LED lights. This paperless system provides user tracking for every step of the process. Most importantly, patented technology allows your pharmacy to confidently label and fill every pouch accurately without costly rework.

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InspectRx®

InspectRx gives pharmacies and patients the confidence of knowing every pouch dispensed is accurate. Facilities can track erroneous pouches and missing meds, back to the source. Identifying 12 physical characteristics ensures that correct medications are placed in the correct pouches. With three variable speeds, you can upgrade at any time with a simple software update without the need to purchase a new machine.

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Collector

Collector™

Collector further enhances the InspectRx's capabilities by cutting, rolling, and taping medication strips by patient, drug, or med cabinet. With the Collector, your pharmacy moves much closer to a completely hands-free packaging system. The Collector is capable of handling smaller pouch strips for 14-day or less, but also larger 30-day strips. This unit can be purchased and installed along with InspectRx or you can add it to the system as your business demands it in the future.

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Plastic Boxes

The newest addition to TCGRx’s line of pouch storage options, is the AdherePac™ plastic box. Available in small (holds 7 days of multi-med pouches – approximately 28 pouches) and medium size (holds 7-14 days of multi-med pouches – approximately 85 pouches). These boxes are ideal for use in places such as senior living or skilled nursing facilities. This box is versatile sitting on a table or cart, inside the drawer of a cart, or hanging on a wall in a patient’s room using the pre-drilled hole in the bottom/back of the box. 

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Reusable Boxes

Medications are dispensed into 7, 14, or 30-day rolls, and sent home with the patient to maintain adherence. If your patient has a caregiver, the caregiver can check the boxes at random and verify when the last dose was taken. The boxes allow for reuse, therefore reducing waste. Available in small, medium and large, with pouch capacities of 42, 133 and 255 respectively, an additional advantage of the reusable boxes is the ability to customize boxes with your unique pharmacy branding. You can add logo, colors, and store/website information to match your pharmacy look, and provide contact information at a glance for the patient.

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Disposable Boxes

Disposable boxes are ideal for nursing cart fills or provide an inexpensive option for adherence programs. When filling these boxes, the “fan fold” method of distribution is used, allowing the pouches to be removed freely from the boxes. Available in medium and large, each size handles approximately 53 to 160 pouches respectively. 

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Beacon Inventory Management System

Beacon®

Beacon Inventory Management System transforms your pharmacy into an efficient storage and pick center by using barcodes to ensure patient safety. Every script is filled from beginning to end with barcode scanning, reducing patient medication errors and your inventory carrying costs.

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PharmLoc™

PharmLoc, part of our Beacon® system, provides your pharmacy secure storage of At-Risk-Medications (ARM). With access restricted to specified users, software controlled electronic locks require authentication for entry either through use of biometric scanning, personal token scanning or username and password entry. PharmLoc provides detailed documentation and auditing of all ARM usage.

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HDStock

HDStock™ Cabinet

HDStock provides a well-organized storage system while incorporating high-density storage capacity, easy access, and clear visibility. No other system offers you more storage in the same space and configures to your pharmacy's individual needs. HDStock is available as cabinets, carousels, workspaces, and shelving.

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Pharmacist Check

Beacon reduces fill times but does not remove the human aspect of a pharmacy. Pharmacist Check, another optional feature, allows the order with image and barcode to be verified by a pharmacist. Beacon provides multiple checks and balances to ensure accuracy.

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BullsEye® Tablet Splitter

BullsEye®

Automatically and precisely split pills in half with BullsEye Tablet Splitter. This revolutionary machine can split up to 16 pills per minute hands-free. This simple but sophisticated device will reduce labor and pill waste. Just as importantly, BullsEye cuts with incredible accuracy, which ensures that your patients get the right strength every time.

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