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Asteres to debut new automated pharmacy kiosk at NACDS Pharmacy & Technology Conference

BY Alaric DeArment

SAN DIEGO A company that makes automated pharmacy kiosks plans to unveil its latest products at an upcoming conference.

Asteres, which makes the ScriptCenter kiosk, announced this week that it would debut ScriptCenter 24/7 Automated Pharmacy Services at the 2009 National Association of Chain Drug Stores Pharmacy & Technology Conference in Boston, which begins Saturday.

“To date, ScriptCenter has enabled retailers to reduce pharmacy hours and increase customer services,” Asteres CEO Mark de Bruin said in a statement. “The addition of 24/7 Automated Pharmacy Services will expand customer engagement opportunities and drive incremental store sales leveraging kiosk, online and cell technologies.”

The services include the Express Prescription Pickup, Prescription Drop Off Anytime, one-touch pickup for families, ScriptCenter.com and others.

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Innovation to unveil PharmASSIST SmartCabinet at upcoming NACDS conference

BY Alaric DeArment

JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. Innovation, a pharmacy automation equipment manufacturer, will introduce one of its latest products at an upcoming conference Saturday.

Innovation announced that it would unveil its latest version of the PharmASSIST SmartCabinet at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores’ Pharmacy & Technology Conference in Boston.

The 3-sq.-ft. cabinet features a high-resolution, touch-screen display, tuck-away keyboard and mouse drawer and 46 independently operating pill dispensers, which count prescriptions simultaneously.

“The ‘plug-and-play’ SmartCabinet has been one of our core offerings for a full decade,” Innovation CEO Mary Reno said in a statement. “To build on this success, we listen closely to our customers and continuously enhance our products to help harmacies become even more efficient, safer and cost-effective.”

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Kirby Lester appoints Doug Wertz to regional sales account manager post

BY Alaric DeArment

LAKE FOREST, Ill. A company that develops pharmacy automation equipment has minted a new executive position.

Kirby Lester announced Thursday the appointment of Doug Wertz to the position of regional sales account manager. In the position, Wertz will manage accounts in the Northeast, working with the company’s sales team and VP business development Christopher Thomsen to look for sales opportunities in retail and supermarket pharmacies.

“Chain and grocery stores represent a vital market segment for Kirby Lester,” Thomsen said in a statement. “Our new products are ideally suited for the chain environment.”

Wertz has worked in the pharmacy automation industry for close to 10 years, previously working as a regional sales director and director of chain sales for Parata Systems and as an account executive and product team leader with NDC Health, now part of McKesson Pharmacy Systems.

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