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Meet the Robot Who Prescribes and Dispenses Medicine

Dubai recently inaugurated a smart pharmacy with a robot for dispensing and prescribing medicines in Dubai Hospital.

This is the first-of-its-kind smart pharmacy in the Middle East and second of its kind from Dubai Health Authority, as they launched the first such pharmacy at Rashid Hospital last January.


The robot uses a barcode system and is completely paper-free as the robot stores each prescription as soon as it is issued electronically.

The system also monitors stored medicines in order to maintain quality and safety of medicines, and especially temperature, in order to guarantee a continuous “cold chain” that can be followed on smart devices and tablets.

The robot can store up to 35,000 medicines and dispenses around 12 prescriptions in less than one minute.

It dispenses the prescribed medication with a click of a bottom based on a barcode, minimising any human error.

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