The standard pouch size is 2.5” wide and 1.2” to 3.25” long. The size is varied automatically by the machine to accommodate the pill volume and the text, whichever is larger.
What is the output capacity of the the RxASP?
The RxASP can output up to 50 multi-dose pouches per minute.
How many NDCs can a single pouch hold?
The pouch size is automatically varied by the machine for each pouch. The NDC limit is based on the text size or bar code used, but can be 10 or more. Depending on the pill size, a pouch can hold over 20 pills.
How big is the RxASP footprint?
The RxASP measures W=33” L=16” H=68”. It is much smaller than its competition. It’s small enough for most retail pharmacies to find a space to include it in their pharmacy and it can go up against a wall.
How many technicians does it take to run the RxASP?
One technician can easily run the RxASP very efficiently.
How much does the consumable pouch material cost?
There is no ribbon cost since the RxASP line uses direct thermal printing. The print quality is the highest in the industry at 300 dpi. The legibility is by far superior with black on white high contrast. The pouch cost is the lowest in the industry due to: lowest consumable cost, no ink cost, less paper used due to the automatic pouch sizing and high pill count per pouch avoiding the need to have two or more pouches for a single med administration time.
Can the RxASP create headers?
Yes, you can print anything on a pouch and also choose to leave the pouch empty.
How can adherence packaging give my pharmacy a competitive edge?
The RxASP’s strip packaging can help make your pharmacy business unique in many ways. It allows your pharmacy to provide a tangible product, and not just a service. This allows you to compete more effectively against other independents and even chain stores. It can change how you position the pharmacy in the marketplace and help attract new customers. Our customers report a 24% revenue increase and a 50-mile outreach to customers.
Contact us about RxSafe’s strip packaging marketing services, known as PakMyMeds™. We can assist you in your marketing efforts with packaging and collateral to make adding this service to your pharmacy’s offerings as simple as possible.
Are the pouches multi-med?
The pouches can be single dose or multi-med. Automatically and dynamically, the RxASP creates a single or multi-med pouch that exactly fits the contents (one pouch per med administration time) saving material, time, and eliminating patient confusion.
Can the RxASP strip packaging help with other med-related reminders?
Yes, “reminder pouches” can be included in the strips as “ticklers” for inhaler use or other similar health-related activities.
Can I include supplements with meds in the pouches?
Yes, the RxASP line is designed to accommodate even 29mm gel caps.
How do you check / verify the pouches?
There are two verification options. The pharmacist can perform a visual check of the pouches to verify accuracy, or we offer a built-in, one step optional visual inspection unit, where filled pouches pass through an intelligent vision system on the packager that helps determine if a pouch has been filled correctly.
What information can be printed on the pouch?
The RxASP pouches have the most extensive range of printing options of any strip packaging system on the market. The following information and graphics can be printed on the pouch: patient name, time to take the meds, NDC, dose size, lot number, any type of bar code, expiration date, sun & moon icons, pharmacy logo, any logo or any graphic.
What do you do when you get a new generic or NDC that you don’t have a cassette for?
The are no “trays” needed with the RxASP line. We recommend that you use RxASP universal cassettes until you establish continuing use of a medication. You can return and recalibrate a calibrated cassette for a $50 flat fee.
How many cassettes do you need?
A typical pharmacy will need 100 standard, calibrated cassettes and 10 universal cassettes.
What type of inventory should I put in the standard cassettes?
We recommend that you put generic and high moving products in the majority of the standard cassettes.
Where do you store the cassettes?
We recommend that you store the cassettes in numerical order in close proximity to the RxASP for maximum convenience.
How many days’ supply do you recommend for a strip?
We recommend that you set up the system to run strips for a 30-day supply as standard practice for over the counter retail customers.
What do you do when there’s a medication change mid-month?
You can fill each new prescription with only enough medication to get the patient to their next refill date. Then all of the medications can be packaged in PakMyMeds™ strips and boxes each month going forward. Drugs that change frequently for a patient may be separated into a different single dose strip or a vial.
How difficult is the RxASP to clean?
It’s very easy to disassemble and clean. The parts can be wiped down or placed into a dishwasher for cleaning.
Is there a lot of dust?
No, the pill drop distance is 24 inches, far less than the 5 foot drop of our competitors. Dust is generated from cassette rotation and bouncing. There is a vacuum system available for cassette dust removal as well.
How does the RxASP differ from the competition?
The RxASP differs from its competition in several ways:
- It has a shorter pill drop which means less dust generation and pill bouncing fill errors.
- Automatically and dynamically, the RxASP creates a single or multi-med pouch that exactly fits the contents (one pouch per med administration time) saving consumable material and time, as well as eliminating patient confusion.
- It’s expandable beyond a fixed number of cassettes unlike the competition. So, the RxASP can grow along with your pharmacy.
- Easy to clean & take apart.
- Simpler packager design and very robust construction means high reliability.