Automated method for dispensing bulk medications with a machine-readable code

  • US 6,370,841 B1
  • Filed: 12/03/1999
  • Issued: 04/16/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/03/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method for dispensing bulk prescription medications into dosage units together with machine-readable drug prescription information comprising the steps of:

  • providing at least one person'"'"'s drug prescription information to a computer for controlling bulk medication dispensing apparatus;

    automatically dispensing and packaging a predetermined quantity of solid medication into at least one dosage unit from a first bulk medication dispensing apparatus in response to a signal from the computer based on the person'"'"'s drug prescription information;

    automatically applying machine-readable drug prescription information to the solid medication package in response to a signal from the computer based on the drug prescription information;

    automatically dispensing a predetermined quantity of packaged liquid medication from a second bulk dispensing apparatus in response to a signal from the computer based on the person'"'"'s drug prescription information;

    automatically providing machine-readable drug prescription information for application to the liquid medication package in response to a signal from the computer based on the drug prescription information; and

    collecting the medication packages including the machine-readable drug prescription information corresponding to the person'"'"'s drug prescription.

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