ekc-site_05Innovation, makers of PharmASSIST® pharmacy automation solutions, today announced the signing of a partnership agreement with IMA North America. The non-exclusive agreement will enable Innovation to integrate IMA’s Model 3410-DRS EKC Automatic Pill Counter with the company’s high-volume pharmacy systems for central fill and mail order pharmacies. Both Innovation (Booth 2609) and IMA North America (Booth 2620) will be exhibiting at the NACDS Total Store Expo (TSE) at the Boston Convention Center in Boston, MA from August 6-9.

“Helping the industry’s central fill and mail order facilities achieve their prescription throughput and patient safety goals is one of our top priorities. Our partnership with IMA for use of their EKC technology helps take our high-volume systems to yet another level of quality and productivity,” said Tom Boyer, COO, Innovation. “We’re looking forward to integrating the EKC system into our highest volume customer sites to take advantage of the technology’s tremendous accuracy, automated replenishment, and extremely fast counting rate.”

“We believe this partnership offers the industry the best of both worlds: IMA’s expertise in tablet counting technology and Innovation’s proven track record with fully integrated, high-volume systems, said Chris Comeau, automated pharmacy product manager, IMA North America. “Working together, we can provide high-volume pharmacy production sites with high-speed dispensing specifically tailored to their unique requirements.”

The 3410-DRS EKC is a high-speed counting device for automated pharmacy applications and forms part of an integrated tablet counting and filling system in which a central controller commands multiple EKC units. The latest iteration of the EKC provides the highest possible counting accuracy and is virtually immune to pill dust. The system’s canister replenishment technology helps achieve continuous operation, high prescription throughput, and complete accuracy in replenishing inventory.

About IMA North America
Established in 1961 in Italy, IMA is a world leader in the design and manufacture of automatic machines for the processing and packaging of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, food, tea and coffee. IMA North America, located in Leominster MA, handles North American sales and service for the IMA Safe (packaging), IMA Active (solid dose processing), Tea & Herbs, and Coffee divisions. For more information, visit www.imanorthamerica.com.

About INNOVATION
Innovation is the leading provider of Pharmacy Intelligence and pharmacy automation to the retail, hospital, government, and mail order pharmacy markets. Our PharmASSIST family of pharmacy automation and process optimization solutions enable all types of pharmacies to increase operational efficiency, enhance patient safety, and provide a higher quality of patient care.

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