Regional Chain Leader Fruth Pharmacy Customizes Pharmacy Automation Installations Corporate Wide

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World's foremost pharmacy automation provider, Kriby Lester, LLC, announced a long-term agreement to work as principal dispensing technology supplier for Fruth Pharmacy, an innovative pharmacy corporation operating across West Virginia and Ohio.

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This is a great partnership between two companies that have been involved in retail pharmacy for decades.

Kirby Lester, LLC, the world’s leading pharmacy automation provider, announced a long-term agreement to serve as a primary dispensing technology supplier for Fruth Pharmacy, an innovative pharmacy corporation operating across West Virginia and Ohio.

Fruth Pharmacy, based in Point Pleasant, WV, installed a custom combination of Kirby Lester dispensing technology in every one of its 25 pharmacies. Avoiding the old-fashioned method of dropping the same cookie-cutter machine in all of its locations, Fruth and Kirby Lester management took a highly analytical approach. Each location is now using one or two different Kirby Lester dispensing systems, from robotics to simple tablet counters. The result is that each Fruth location has the perfect level of technology to fit that pharmacy’s needs.

“Not all people are the same. And not all pharmacies are the same even in a chain environment. So why would we want the same robot or the same dispensing device at every store, just for the sake of convenience?” says Lynne Fruth, President and Chairman of the Board. “We have a wide spectrum of daily prescription volumes, available floor space and configurations, staffing levels and customer demographics among our 25 locations. We wanted to partner with a technology company that offered a full suite, so we could pick-and-choose.”

Fruth removed older pharmacy robots at several locations and installed a combination of four Kirby Lester systems:

  •     KL60 compact robotic dispenser
  •     KL20 counting and verification system for accurate dispensing and error-prevention
  •     KL30 (based on the KL20 with automated dispensing and double-count feature)
  •     KL15e compact tablet counter

For decades, Fruth stores built a reputation for taking care of their customers. In 2011, Ms. Fruth and her pharmacy operations team of Craig Kimble and Tim Weber began an analysis of how technology could help them achieve several corporate goals of increased inventory control, improved turnaround time, and improved customer care. By installing a custom combination of Kirby Lester devices at each location, the Fruth team was able to solve many of the needs of each pharmacy to ultimately free up staff to do what they do best: take care of customers.

“This is a great partnership between two companies that have been involved in retail pharmacy for decades,” says Garry Zage, R.Ph., President and CEO of Kirby Lester. “Jack Fruth opened his first pharmacy in 1952, and his daughter Lynne has continued to successfully grow the family business. And Kirby Lester has been a pioneer in automation since it invented its first automatic tablet counter in 1971.”
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About Kirby Lester
Kirby Lester is the world’s leading pharmacy automation provider. Established in 1971, Kirby Lester maintains the largest market share of automatic tablet/capsule counter sales in the United States plus 40 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 all other automated dispensing systems combined; over 40,000 pharmacies worldwide rely on Kirby Lester for their counting needs…exactly! For more information, contact Kirby Lester at 847.984.3377 or http://www.kirbylester.com.

About Fruth Pharmacy
Fruth Pharmacy has been serving Southwestern West Virginia and Southern Ohio since 1952. Fruth Pharmacy offers all the services of the large chain drug stores while maintaining the principles that made Fruth "Your Hometown, Family Pharmacy." Fruth is a full-service pharmacy and retail store. President and Chairman Lynne Fruth is the daughter of founder Jack Fruth, who opened his first store in Point Pleasant, WV. For more information, contact Fruth Pharmacy at 304.675.1612 or http://www.fruthpharmacy.com.

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