California to expand automated prescription kiosks following test
California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a bill to expand the use of automated patient delivery systems in California, which will allow ScriptCenter kiosks to deliver prescriptions 24/7, according to a press release. ScriptCenter kiosks can now be installed in any licensed location, with or without a pharmacy, where healthcare is provided, including hospitals, clinics, medical offices and worksites with a licensed clinic.
The California Board of Pharmacy decided to sponsor SB1447 after Asteres Inc., a provider of 24/7 automated prescription and retail product pickup kiosks, completed a pilot project with Sharp Healthcare and UC San Diego to study the relationship between prescription pickup through the kiosk and return-to-stock rates.
Asteres provides automated prescription and retail product pickup kiosks at hospitals, Veteran's Affairs, the Department of Defense and retail locations.
The pharmacy fills and verifies prescriptions, then transports them to ScriptCenters. Patients receive a claim check via email or text to pick up their prescriptions.