ASU to Use Medication Vending Machines on Campus


Arizona State University becomes the second college in the country to use medication vending machine on campus.

Thanks to the vending machine made by InstyMeds, students will now be able to fill their prescriptions quickly and easily in the Arizona State University’s Health Services Building. As long as students and ASU faculty have valid prescriptions from the university’s Health Services Department, they will be able to use the new vending machine when it is installed in a couple of weeks.

The new drug dispensing machine is likely to come in handy for students who are unable to find transportation to off campus pharmacies. The ASU on-campus pharmacy recently closed on September 26 and left many students uncertain of where or how they would fill their medication needs. The health specialists at the university did offer to transfer any prescriptions students had to other nearby pharmacies, but not all students are able to go elsewhere for medications.

Allan Markus, the director of ASU Health Services, said in a statement when the pharmacy closed in September,”Serving the health-care needs of our students is still our highest priority; we believe the measures we have taken will help our students with their prescription need.”

There will be vouchers with information to identify the student in need of medication. Each voucher is tied to a specific code which will then be sent to a machine from the doctor prescribing the medication and is only good for 24 hours.

“This is a great solution for students who want to access their medications right after their appointments,” said one of ASU’s health services spokespeople, Christiana Moore.

ASU hasn’t confirmed what medications will be stored within the machines, but InstyMeds vice president, Bob Bang, has said that students can expect to fill their urgent medication needs such as pain medications and antibiotics. Bang did say, “We tailor each one per the needs of that location.” Meaning that there are other health care items available in the machines, such as, cold medicine and heartburn prevention aids, if the location is in need of those items.

Medication vending machines have only been available in emergency rooms, out-patient surgery centers and some urgent care facilities until Florida State University obtained one.

The InstyMeds website expresses the thought that having access to medications at all times and conveniently will aid in the overall health of patients. Patients will be less likely to opt out of filling prescriptions without the inconvenience of having to make extra trips to the pharmacy.

Bang makes a point of saying that the machine helps patients. He said, “You know, the things that you’d like to have right now to feel better.”

InstyMeds machines are safe and secure with safety measures in place to alert the appropriate people remotely if anything were to happen to the 1,500 pound machine.

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