Pharmacy Automation: Technologies and Global Markets

Published - Sep 2010| Analyst - Melissa Elder| Code - IAS026B
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Report Highlights

  • The total worldwide market for pharmacy automation will be worth $2.2 billion by the end of 2010.  The market is displaying a recovery from purchasing holds for equipment experienced by many health facilities, and is expected to grow at a 4.6% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to reach $2.7 billion in 2015.
  • Inpatient pharmacy automation revenues account for the larger share of the market, with sales expected to reach $1.7 billion by the end of 2010 and increase by a 5.2% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to reach $2.2 billion by 2015. 
  • Outpatient pharmacy automation revenues are estimated at $456 million for 2010. By 2015, the outpatient pharmacy automation market is expected to reach $510 million in revenues after increasing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.3%.


This BCC Research report, Pharmacy Automation: Technologies and Global Markets (IAS026B), provides a comprehensive analysis of the pharmacy automation market’s current operations and equipment, current trends, and detailed patent analysis. The study includes information regarding statistics for medication errors, costs associated with pharmacy activities, the pharmacist shortage, and many other issues affecting the pharmacy automation market. Major pharmacy automation product segments include in-depth market and competitive analyses.
Although pharmacy automation dates back to the 1970s with the introduction of pill-counting machines, the pharmacy automation market continues to advance and deliver impressive technology and improve efficiency. The increasing demand for accuracy, safety, industry standards, and competency in the pharmacy environment by regulatory authorities, manufacturers, healthcare professionals, and consumers has forced the growth of this market.
New opportunities in various settings will continue to surface—from small, private, family-owned pharmacies to large hospital and mail-order service facilities, such as Medco Health Solutions, Inc. Many small, private pharmacies are still conducting operations through manual and semi-manual methods, particularly in regions outside of the United States. The opportunity to fully automate these pharmacies surfaces more often each year, and with a growing compliance with bar-coding standards and new tracking capabilities with RFID technology, this trend will continue to increase at a rapid rate. A large portion of inpatient facilities are already highly automated; however, there are advancements in technology and performance improvements every year, and these pharmacies will continue to seek out the most efficient system to upgrade to. In order to remain competitive in the pharmaceutical dispensing business, organizations will be highly dependent on efficient automation systems. Therefore, upgrades are likely to be an ongoing process.
This BCC report is designed to be a helpful business tool that will provide a thorough evaluation of the global pharmacy automation market. The geographical scope is global with special emphasis on the United States/Canada and the European Union, with supplemental data covering other geographical markets and trends. The report identifies pharmacy automation markets by inpatient and outpatient pharmacy settings, and by product type. Within the global pharmacy automation market, there are two general pharmacy settings, each having other subsettings:
  • Inpatient pharmacy automation
-        Acute-care settings
-        Long-term care settings
  • Outpatient pharmacy automation
-        Outpatient/fast-track clinical settings
-        Hospital retail settings
-        Pharmacy benefit management services and other mail-order settings
-        Retail pharmacy chains
Each segment is further extrapolated to provide detailed information of current and emerging products, current market estimates and market forecasts, and competitive analyses.
The information for this BCC report was obtained through primary and secondary data-collection methods. Primary methods included interviews with approximately 50 key executives, product managers, and clinical specialists involved in the pharmacy automation industry. Secondary methods included published literature in the area of pharmacy technology and services, investment reports, company literature, and various pharmacy-related business journals.
All market data pertains the global market at the manufacturers’ level. Data is expressed in current U.S. dollars. The base year of the report is 2010, with historical data provided for 2008 and 2009, and forecast data provided for 2015. Historical base year and forecast data are provided for each market segment of the report. Competitor market share estimates are provided for each market segment for the 2010 base year.
Although this study provides information on a variety of pharmacy automation equipment, it does not include a comprehensive list of products available. Many companies offer products to a variety of industry types, including, but not limited to, the following industries:
  • Appliance industry
  • Aircraft industry
  • Automotive industry
  • Electrical and electronics industry
  • Communications industry
  • Food production industry
Some systems not covered in this study include those that are primarily used in other industry types, but are, however, designed to accommodate other settings, including the medical and pharmacy industries.
Melissa Elder is an experienced healthcare market analyst specializing in prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and emerging healthcare technologies. Ms. Elder has more than 15 years of experience in the healthcare industry, specializing in market research for the past 12 years. This experience has given her substantial insights into pharmaceutical market analysis. Her work in the medical community, including emergency room medical training and healthcare information system coordination, has enhanced her ability to provide insight into many healthcare markets.
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Published - Mar-2008| Analyst - Melissa Elder| Code - IAS026A

Report Highlights

  • The global market for pharmacy automation increased from $2.1 billion in 2006 to $2.3 billion in 2007. It should reach $3.6 billion by 2012, a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.4%.
  • By 2012, the inpatient pharmacy automation market is expected to be worth nearly $2.9 billion, a CAGR of 9.8%.
  • The outpatient pharmacy automation segment will continue to experience moderate growth through 2012, with a CAGR of 7.8% over the next 5 years.

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