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Kirby Lester's New KL30: Fully Automated, Compact System for a Fraction of the Cost of a Robotic Dispenser

LAKE FOREST, Ill., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Kirby Lester, LLC, the world's leading pharmacy automation provider, today unveiled its first fully automated technology breakthrough: the KL30 automated dispensing and verification system. The KL30 is sized and priced for any retail pharmacy or hospital outpatient pharmacy that processes from 100 to 1,000 prescriptions per day.

Kirby Lester introduced the KL30 today at the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) Regional Chain Conference in Chandler, AZ.

The KL30 is a major advancement in saving time, steps and cost in a pharmacy. For the first time, Kirby Lester utilizes drug-specific cassettes to fully automate the hands-free dispensing of a pharmacy's top 30 oral solid medications. (All other medications can simply be poured into the funnel as is done with other Kirby Lester counters.) The KL30 is based on the recently introduced KL20 "next-generation" platform. The KL20 was heralded by pharmacists and technicians alike as an indispensable technology platform.

The KL30 automates the dispensing of 100% of all oral solids with the combination cassette & pour-through methods. The 30 cassettes alone manage 25-30% of the orders in a typical retail pharmacy. In contrast, most robotic dispensers automate only 40-45% of orders, at a cost of 7-10 times the cost of a KL30. The KL30 will be offered for less than $20,000.

In addition to managing the dispensing of all tablets, the KL30 also automates the verification of 100% of all prescriptions, not just oral solids.

"The KL30 is exactly what our customers have been asking Kirby Lester to develop," says Christopher Thomsen, Kirby Lester's Vice President, Business Development. "We have combined the speed and convenience of full automation, the reliability of Kirby Lester's counting technology and a price-point that makes the KL30 a very affordable, fully-automated system for any size pharmacy. Automating the top 30 medications saves significant time and steps - without being overkill. These are the medications that are dispensed over and over."

The KL30's major features are:

  • Automated, hands-free counting: 30 drug-specific cassettes are included to handle the most common oral solids in a pharmacy. Cassettes hold up to 650cc. Each cassette is "intelligent", or encoded and shaped for specific medications to prevent dispensing errors. If the needs of a pharmacy grow, additional cassettes can be ordered.
  • Double-counting assurance: The KL30 counts medications twice, first when tablets are dispensed from the cassette; and second, as the tablets fall through the Kirby Lester.
  • 100% order verification: The KL30 enables the pharmacy to verify the dispensing of 100% of all medications, not just oral solids.
  • Compact size: Fits on a countertop, needs no remodeling (only 21" high x 12" wide).
  • Bi-directional interfacing: Full connection with your pharmacy management system.
  • Built-in workflow software: Turn it on or off as needed to fit your processes.
  • Inventory tools: Effortlessly perform physical inventories, with no hand-tallying. Send inventory counts directly to the pharmacy management system or other database.

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About Kirby Lester

Kirby Lester was established in 1971 and maintains the largest market share of automatic tablet/capsule counter sales in the United States, plus 35 other countries. More Kirby Lester counters are used to dispense prescriptions in retail, mail order, hospital and long-term care pharmacies and manufacturing facilities than any other automated counting system; almost 30,000 pharmacies worldwide rely on Kirby Lester for their counting needs...exactly! For more information, contact Kirby Lester at 847.984.3377 or

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