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How does the verification process work in the MDM?

Thursday 26 November 2015

Even with an optimized Tablet Packing Machine process, there is still a need for verification. Most (hospital) pharmacies are currently performing this verification check manually. This is time consuming and mistakes can be easily overlooked.

  • Automated process is more constant
  • Camera is better than the human eye
  • 100 % verification

The verification process starts with the production of the medicine pouches from a Tablet Packing Machine. All data concerning the production process is transferred to the database connected to the MDM system. After that is complete, the pouch string is ready for the detection phase.

A pouch string is placed at the pouch entrance and the transport belt pulls the pouch string into and through the machine. Depending on the settings, the MDM can check up to 75 pouches a minute. The equalizer and brush distribute the medicine equally within the pouch, therefore reducing the number of pills lying on top of each other. The barcode scanner then scans each unique barcode on the pouches. This unique barcode makes it possible to retrieve all stored information about each individual pouch scanned. When the pouch has passed the barcode scanner, the camera will take several pictures of the pouch, in black and white and in colour. The MDM detects the pill(s) in the pictures and compares them with the required content, which is received from the Tablet Packaging Machine. Each specific type of medication has dedicated algorithms for better verification results.

The next step is the review phase. All the pouches marked with an alarm must be reviewed in MDC. The pouches with errors are repaired and extra medication can be added and documented. These pouches are now ready for transport.

The pictures and all of the data, including the comparison results, are stored in the database and can be reviewed in the MDC software. Our innovative software enables usage of the data connected to the barcode in the different processes to be used and accessed even after the medication rolls have left the pharmacy. This data can be crucial for the pharmacist, for example, in case of a medication recall. But this data can also be used to optimize the process further, with detailed information about the production and potential delays in the packing process.

For each step in this process we developed products to perform and support this process. For more detailed information, see our product page.

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