Walgreens seeks to automate more prescription refills

Ongoing pandemic crises and a shortage of trained pharmacists has Walgreens doubling down on automation. As The Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend, the drug store giant is heavily investing in a network of prescription refill centers reliant on automated pharmabots to help with recent years’ skyrocketing medication orders. In doing so, the company hopes to cut pharmacists’ workloads “by at least 25 percent,” allowing them to focus more on services like vaccinations, patient advising, and clinical needs. The business also estimates it can save $1 billion annually by relying more on robot sorting.

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According to Walgreens, there are currently eight automation centers providing…

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