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UCSF pharmacy lets robots prepare the meds
San Francisco Chronicle

Lynn Paulsen smiles like a proud parent as she watches tablets of anti-constipation medication slide by on a conveyor belt in UCSF’s new pharmacy headquarters.

The tablets have just been sucked by a straw out of a sealed container and deposited into plastic envelopes. When the envelopes reach the end of the belt, they’ll be plucked up by a robotic arm and attached to plastic rings – one for every patient in a UCSF hospital bed who needs that medication for the day.