11/17/2009

Panasonic Marketing Europe GmbH

Panasonic Presents Medication Picking Robot

Düsseldorf, Germany (November 18, 2009) – At this year’s MEDICA, the world’s largest medical trade show that is being held in Düsseldorf, Germany (November 18 – 21), Panasonic will be presenting its newly developed Medication Picking Robot. This state-of-the-art device is not only capable of automatically picking, labelling, dispensing and delivering patient medication, but also increases pharmacy efficiency, decreases error and improves patient safety. The soft robotic pick and place system insures accuracy and reduces picking errors. The system promotes on-time medication delivery and enables process efficiencies and cost reduction throughout the hospital.

The robot, which holds up to 210 medication types with a maximum dose capacity of (210 x number of cassettes), is capable of filling 400 prescriptions per hour. The system can pick medications for morning, noon, & night in one dispensing cycle. With its small footprint (2600x700x1850) and a package breakage rate of less than 1/50,000, this system significantly reduces infrastructure costs. By using bar-coding technology on dispended medications, the system ensures that patients receive the correct medication in the appropriate dose at the right time. Also, by the use of color coding, easy identification of dangerous or hazardous medications is ensured.

The Medication Picking Robot exhibited at MEDICA does not comply with the statutory provisions of the European Union and can only be acquired in the European economic area once compliance has been established.


About Panasonic
Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of electronic products for a wide range of consumer, business, and industrial needs. Based in Osaka, Japan, the company recorded consolidated net sales of 7.77 trillion yen (US$78.4 billion) for the year ended March 31, 2009. The company's shares are listed on the Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and New York (NYSE: PC) stock exchanges. For more information on the company and the Panasonic brand, visit the company's website at http://panasonic.net/.

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