Sunday, August 14, 2011

Markets in Everything: Drug Vending Machines

Minneapolis -- "The Eden Prairie (MN) company InstyMeds is bringing vending machine convenience to the world of medicine. The number of the machines has doubled in the past three years, with 200 installed in 33 states and the District of Columbia, mostly in emergency rooms and urgent care centers (see photo above).

The machines dispense up to 100 of the most commonly prescribed drugs, including pain relievers, antibiotics, asthma inhalers, treatments for bee stings and remedies for the cold and flu.

The company was founded in 1999 by Ken Rosenblum, a former emergency room doctor who needed a prescription for his 5-year-old son's ear infection at 10 p.m. and couldn't find an open pharmacy."

4 Comments:

At 8/14/2011 6:50 PM, Blogger Tom said...

Any idea on how the machine verifies the script.

 
At 8/14/2011 7:32 PM, Blogger Benjamin said...

Great idea.

Of course, in many nations one does need a prescription.

 
At 8/14/2011 7:55 PM, Blogger juandos said...

'The machines dispense up to 100 of the most commonly prescribed drugs, including pain relievers, antibiotics, asthma inhalers, treatments for bee stings and remedies for the cold and flu'...

Oh! Oh! Something else for Obama to blame...

 
At 8/15/2011 1:40 AM, Blogger Ron H. said...

LOL

Imagine that! pharmacists aren't enthusiastic about these machines.

From the Star Tribune article:

"But pharmacists also point to limitations, such as the machine's inability to counsel patients.

"It's not quite as seamless as going to a cash machine and saying, 'Give me $200,'" said Bruce Thompson, pharmacy services director for Hennepin County Medical Center.
"

Yeah, I still miss the financial counseling I used to get, now that I use an impersonal and soulless ATM.

 

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