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Publix pharmacies embrace RFID inventory for specialty medicine distribution

William Payne
February 4, 2016
An RFID enabled centralised inventory management system is enabling local dispensing of specialty medicines by neighbourhood community pharmacies in local and rural communities throughout America. An agreement by pharmaceutical sourcing and distribution specialist AmerisourceBergen and pharmacy chain Publix will enable local pharmacists to dispense specialist medicines safely supported by advanced pharmacy management and inventory systems and databases based on AmerisourceBergen's RFID inventory management system.

The agreement, which includes direct delivery to all Publix pharmacies as well as warehouse and central fill facilities, extends beyond traditional distribution and includes access to AmerisourceBergen’s Cubixx inventory management solution. This radio frequency identification (RFID) enabled technology will be used by Publix to facilitate the dispensing of a range of specialty medications in their community pharmacies. Publix will also benefit from technological solutions designed to support overall inventory efficiency and will have access to consultative services from AmerisourceBergen as they continue to evolve their specialty pharmacy services.

“Publix continues to push the boundaries of how our pharmacy business operates in order to improve the experience and health outcomes we create for our customers,” said Fred Ottolino, Publix Vice President of Pharmacy. “With AmerisourceBergen we’ve found a partner who shares our passion for patient care and who has the knowledge and capability we need to execute our strategies.”

“Innovative pharmacy leaders are simplifying and improving the patient experience of getting needed medications,” said Steven H. Collis, President and Chief Executive Officer of AmerisourceBergen. “Publix is doing just that and we are thrilled to have the solutions and expertise in place to support their mission and to help them unlock additional value in their pharmacy operation.”