West Virginia-based Chain Cites Pharmacy Automation Leader’s Flexibility as Key to Engagement
JOHNSON CITY, NY – January 29, 2015 – Innovation, makers of PharmASSIST® pharmacy automation solutions, today announced that Fruth Pharmacy has purchased the firm’s PharmASSIST Symphony® high-volume workflow management and process optimization software for a new central fill site in Nitro, West Virginia. The central fill site will process most of the refill prescriptions for the retail chain’s 26 pharmacies throughout West Virginia and Ohio.
“Our goal is to launch a new central fill site to help ease the burden of prescription filling on our in-store pharmacies and free up staff to better provide patient counseling and immunization services,” said Tim Weber, Vice President, Fruth Pharmacy. “We have a unique scenario in which we can redeploy existing in-store robotic dispensing and pharmacy management technologies. We can then augment these key components with the Symphony high-volume workflow software, which will serve as the control center for the site’s prescription filling, order management, packaging, and delivery.”
Fruth customers can still expect same-day service at their local pharmacy. Weber said in most cases a patient’s refill will be enrolled in an auto-fill program and be ready and waiting for them at the store 2-3 days before the prescription is due to run out.
Innovation will serve as the systems integrator for the project. Weber said it was challenging to find the right technology vendor for the project due to the existing disparate systems. “Innovation was a great fit for us because of their willingness to work with our existing technologies and bring it all together for us,” said Weber. “We are also very impressed with their Symphony high-volume capabilities, and are looking forward to bringing the central fill site to fruition.”
“The sheer flexibility of our various automation and software solutions, along with our professional services skill set, enables us to work with any type of pharmacy in any situation,” said Doyle Jensen, VP, global business development. “In this case, we’re helping Fruth Pharmacy leverage their investment in existing technologies and augment them with next generation, high-volume workflow management.”
About Fruth Pharmacy
Fruth Pharmacy is a family owned company with 26 stores in Ohio and West Virginia. Fruth Pharmacy is proud to have been “Your Hometown, Family Pharmacy,” for over 60 years. To learn more about Fruth Pharmacy, please visit www.fruthpharmacy.com.
Innovation is the leading provider of Pharmacy Intelligence™ and pharmacy automation to the retail, hospital, government, and mail order pharmacy markets. Our PharmASSIST® and RxSafe® families of pharmacy automation and process optimization solutions enable all types of pharmacies to increase operational efficiency, enhance patient safety, and provide a higher quality of patient care. For more information, visit www.innovat.com.