October 18, 2012 08:00 ET

University of Southern California Pharmacy Selects TCGRx Beacon® Inventory Management System

POWERS LAKE, WI--(Marketwire - Oct 18, 2012) - University of Southern California (USC) will use TCGRx's Beacon® Inventory Management System to open their third on-campus pharmacy in January 2013. Beacon is designed using a unique storage and retrieval system that tracks prescriptions and inventory through the use of a barcode-validated process. USC's commitment to the safe and efficient delivery of prescriptions is supported by Beacon's innovative design that separates look-alike and sound-alike medications. Beacon's pick-to-light function directs the pharmacy staff to the specific location of an individual medication.

"Beacon is a cost-effective system for the average pharmacy to optimize accuracy and patient safety while realizing inventory management savings and reduced labor requirements," said Duane Chudy, President of TCGRx. "In addition, Beacon gives us the ability to provide these features in a space that is about 50% of the traditional pharmacy size which makes this a perfect fit for hospital outpatient and clinic settings. Freeing up square footage allows pharmacies to incorporate patient consultation areas, a vaccine room, or additional retail space."

"Our new pharmacy was given limited space. Beacon will allow us to have all the benefits of a traditional pharmacy while still retaining clinical space, as well as an office and break room, which is hard to come by in a small urban setting," said USC Pharmacist Raffi Svadjian. "Furthermore, the TCGRx sales team understood our specific workflow. Beacon is not a canned design. TCGRx worked with us to develop a product uniquely designed to meet our traffic patterns, patient needs, and prescription types," Svadjian added.

USC's Health Center Pharmacy will have unique challenges as student interns and employees rotate between the three USC pharmacies. Because Beacon is a software driven system, the pharmacy will be able to use standard procedures that are easy to learn. This convenience allows employees to be quickly trained to ensure patient safety and efficient prescription fulfillment.

Backed by decades of experience, TCGRx utilizes the latest in technology to offer the most reliable pharmacy automation solutions on the market. The staff designs and integrates automation and workflow solutions into every aspect of pharmacy dispensing. TCGRx is dedicated to providing superior customer service and support by offering the most cost-effective, efficient, and accurate solutions.

TCGRx is an industry leader in automation and design services for hospital, long-term care, retail, outpatient, and specialty pharmacy markets. The company has a strong presence in all pharmacy markets throughout the United States and Canada. TCGRx headquarters is located in Powers Lake, WI. For more information, visit, call 262.279.5307 or find us on Facebook.

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