LONDON, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The pharmacy automation systems market in Europe is experiencing a tremendous growth spurt. Until recently, most pharmacies have been either without automation or have employed very basic automation systems. In response, the adoption rate of automation systems across Europe has been progressing from basic prescription management systems to advanced medication pick-up and drug dispensing automation systems. Likewise, although the adoption of automation systems has been most prevalent among hospital pharmacies, there is significant potential for growth in the retail pharmacy market across Europe.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.healthcareIT.frost.com), European Markets for Pharmacy Automation Systems, finds that the market earned revenues of $151.4 million in 2009 and estimates this to reach $360.2 million by 2016. This research service particularly focuses on prescription management automation systems, medication pick-up automation systems and drug dispensing automation systems.
"Pharmacy automation systems translate a product-centric pharmacy model into a patient-centric workflow model, thus improving the pharmacy environment for both the patients and the pharmacists," says Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst S. Priyan. "More importantly, these systems reduce the waiting time for the patients, lower medication errors, prevent adverse drug events (ADE), and ease operating costs for the pharmacy, thereby enhancing patient safety, pharmacy productivity, and turnover."
There is considerable demand and potential for automation systems among retail pharmacies. Alth