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Grocery Chain to Use RFID-Enabled System to Track Specialty Pharmaceuticals

Publix - a southeastern U.S. supermarket chain with 980 pharmacy locations - has entered into an agreement to use AmerisourceBergen's RFID-based drug-management system, known as Cubixx, to track specialty pharmaceutical products at the retailer's pharmacies.

The Cubixx system will allow the pharmacies to automatically track products that are billed only when used, such as specialty consignment items.

For the past decade, ASD Healthcare - AmerisourceBergen's specialty pharmaceutical distributor division - offered its Cubixx solution initially to acute-care facilities, as well as to pharmacies, clinics, hospitals and even patients, to track RFID-tagged products inside their Cubixx coolers. Specialty medications are especially challenging for healthcare providers to offer, according to Chris Flori, ASD Healthcare's vice president of business innovation, because they are used infrequently and can be very expensive. Increasingly, therefore, hospitals and other healthcare providers are moving toward a consignment model in which they stock a small number of specialty drugs, paying only for those that are dispensed. However, he adds, tracking such products manually can be an onerous task without an automating technology like radio frequency identification.

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The Cubixx system will allow the pharmacies to automatically track products that are billed only when used, such as specialty consignment items.

For the past decade, ASD Healthcare - AmerisourceBergen's specialty pharmaceutical distributor division - offered its Cubixx solution initially to acute-care facilities, as well as to pharmacies, clinics, hospitals and even patients, to track RFID-tagged products inside their Cubixx coolers. Specialty medications are especially challenging for healthcare providers to offer, according to Chris Flori, ASD Healthcare's vice president of business innovation, because they are used infrequently and can be very expensive. Increasingly, therefore, hospitals and other healthcare providers are moving toward a consignment model in which they stock a small number of specialty drugs, paying only for those that are dispensed. However, he adds, tracking such products manually can be an onerous task without an automating technology like radio frequency identification.

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