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Pharmacy Automation Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

  • ID: 4622421
  • Report
  • March 2021
  • Region: Global
  • 120 pages
  • Mordor Intelligence
until Sep 30th 2021


  • Arxium Inc.
  • Baxter International Inc.
  • Cerner Corporation
  • McKesson Corporation
  • Parata Systems LLC
  • Scriptpro LLC
  • MORE
The pharmacy automation market was estimated at USD 4,385 million in 2020. The market is expected to reach USD 6,852 million by 2026 at a CAGR of 7.8%.

During the COVID -19 outbreak, the market has been experiencing a positive impact. This can be attributed to the increasing infection rate from the healthcare workers to the patients and the rising demand for medications worldwide. Therefore, healthcare facilities and pharmacies have been preferring automated systems to reduce the spread of the virus. There has also been an increasing demand for prescription drugs, which has created an opportunity to adapt the pharmacy automation systems to overcome the infection rate.

Moreover, the pharmacy automation market is primarily driven by the increasing demand for specialty drug prescription filling solutions, the rising need to minimize medication errors, and the decentralization of pharmacies.

Globally, there has been an increase in the geriatric population. This leads to a rising incidence of chronic and life-threatening diseases, along with increasing dispensation of medications. A study funded by the UK Department of Health Policy Research Programme in 2018 has revealed an estimated 237 million medication errors occur in the NHS in England every year and avoidable adverse drug reactions (ADRs) cause hundreds of deaths. Hence, hospitals and pharmacies are adopting new pharmacy automation technologies, to reduce the operating costs, while improving patient safety.

Also, these pharmacy automation systems offer plentiful benefits to the patients and pharmacies and the key members of the healthcare team. Automated systems also have inordinate cost-effective and safety benefits, and they rationalize the pharmacy operations by improving data workflow. All these technological innovations have not only facilitated pharmacies to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving industry, but have also benefitted from the patients and doctors in a variety of ways. These systems have further reduced the costs by decreasing manual labor expenses. All these factors have helped in boosting the overall market growth.

However, there has been slight redundancy in the adoption of automation in pharmacies in underdeveloped and developing regions, which are likely to impede the market growth over the forecast period.

Key Market Trends

Automated Medication Dispensing Systems Segment is Gaining Prominence in the Pharmacy Automation Market

The automated medication dispensing systems segment has been estimated to account for the largest market share. This can be attributed to the systems’ ability to eliminate medication errors, decreased procedural time, and enhanced patient safety concerns. These systems are found to track narcotics and other controlled drugs, monitor drug usage patterns, and eliminate the manual end-of-shift narcotic counts, especially in inpatient care units.

During the current pandemic, a rising infection rate has boosted the demand for medications. This increasing infection count has shown a positive impact on the demand for automated medication dispensing systems. Therefore the healthcare facilities and pharmacies are preferring these automated systems that have boosted their demand.

Automated dispensing systems also deliver a balance between security, user-friendliness, inventory management, and control of medications, all acknowledged as imperative features of a safe medication distribution system. All these features drive the demand for automated dispensing systems. These systems save nursing time by reducing the need for manual end-of-shift counts in the patient care division. Moreover, there is a growing demand for automated systems that help stock management and inventory management. The increase in the global geriatric population, the prevalence of various chronic diseases, and high hospitalization rates are some of the factors increasing the burden on hospitals, thus augmenting the demand for automated dispensing systems.

Furthermore, increasing dispensing errors, a growing number of chain pharmacies, and the rising adoption of AI in well-developed countries are projected to boost the segment’s growth over the forecast period.

North America Region Holds the Significant Market Share in the Pharmacy Automation Market

The North American pharmacy automation market holds a significant share due to an increase in the prevalence of various chronic disorders and the growing number of patients across the North American region. During the current COVID-19 outbreak, there has been an increased demand for medication and drugs to be dispensed without cross-contamination and errors. Hence all these factors have helped in boosting these systems' demand.

According to the US FDA 2019, every year, more than 100,000 cases of suspected medication errors continue to be reported in the United States. Additionally, as per a study by Johns Hopkins, in the United States, more than 250,000 deaths occur due to medication errors annually. Thus, it is considered one of the leading causes of death in the country. Most medication errors occur during prescription and dispensation. In North America, the use of automated medication dispensing systems and cabinets is increasing, as they reduce dispensing errors while improving inventory stock management, drug traceability, and dispensing speed.

In October 2019, pharmacy automation provider Parata Systems announced the launch of its next-generation vial-filling robot, Max 2. The pharmacy automation robot automates the labeling, filling, and capping of vials to improve workflow and meet the demands of busy pharmacies. This has helped in boosting the Pharmacy Automation Market across the region.

However, Asia-Pacific is also expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period due to the increasing geriatric population and rising healthcare expenditures. The allocation of a large amount of healthcare expenditure for assisted living facilities and hospitals for dispensing medicines to the elderly can drive the market demand.

Competitive Landscape

The pharmacy automation market is moderately fragmented. Market players are focusing on continuous product development, while offering products at competitive prices, especially in developing countries. The major players operating in the market include Arxium Inc., Capsa Healthcare, Omnicell, Inc., Parata Systems LLC, and Scriptpro LLC, among others. These leading players in the market are concentrating on product development and innovation to build their brand name and generate more revenue.

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  • Arxium Inc.
  • Baxter International Inc.
  • Cerner Corporation
  • McKesson Corporation
  • Parata Systems LLC
  • Scriptpro LLC
  • MORE
1.1 Study Deliverables
1.2 Study Assumptions
1.3 Scope of the Study



4.1 Market Overview
4.2 Market Drivers
4.2.1 Increasing Demand for Specialty Drug Prescription Filling Solutions
4.2.2 Rising Need to Minimize Medication Errors
4.2.3 Decentralization of Pharmacies
4.3 Market Restraints
4.3.1 Reluctance to Adopt Pharmacy Automation Systems
4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants
4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers
4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products
4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

5.1 By Product
5.1.1 Automated Medication Dispensing Systems
5.1.2 Automated Packaging and Labeling Systems
5.1.3 Automated Table-top Counters
5.1.4 Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems
5.1.5 Other Products
5.2 By End User
5.2.1 Hospital Pharmacies
5.2.2 Retail Pharmacies
5.3 Geography
5.3.1 North America United States (By Product, and By End User) Canada (By Product, and By End User) Mexico (By Product, and By End User)
5.3.2 Europe Germany (By Product, and By End User) United Kingdom (By Product, and By End User) France (By Product, and By End User) Italy (By Product, and By End User) Spain (By Product, and By End User) Rest of Europe (By Product, and By End User)
5.3.3 Asia-Pacific China (By Product, and By End User) Japan (By Product, and By End User) India (By Product, and By End User) Australia (By Product, and By End User) South Korea (By Product, and By End User) Rest of Asia-Pacific (By Product, and By End User)
5.3.4 Middle East and Africa GCC (By Product, and By End User) South Africa (By Product, and By End User) Rest of Middle East and Africa (By Product, and By End User)
5.3.5 South America Brazil (By Product, and By End User) Argentina (By Product, and By End User) Rest of South America (By Product, and By End User)

6.1 Company Profiles
6.1.1 Arxium Inc.
6.1.2 Baxter International Inc.
6.1.3 Becton, Dickinson, and Company
6.1.4 Capsa Solutions LLC
6.1.5 Cerner Corporation
6.1.6 Kuka Aktiengesellschaft
6.1.7 Omnicell Inc.
6.1.8 Parata Systems LLC
6.1.9 Rxsafe LLC
6.1.10 Scriptpro LLC
6.1.11 Yuyama Co.Ltd.
6.1.12 McKesson Corporation
6.1.13 Swisslog Holdings AG
6.1.14 Talyst, Inc.
6.1.15 Avery Weigh-Tronix
6.1.16 Pearson Medical Technologies
6.1.17 Accu-Chart Plus Healthcare System, Inc.
6.1.18 RxMedic Systems, Inc.
6.1.19 NewIcon
6.1.20 AlixaRx

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A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Arxium Inc.
  • Baxter International Inc.
  • Becton, Dickinson, and Company
  • Capsa Solutions LLC
  • Cerner Corporation
  • Kuka Aktiengesellschaft
  • Omnicell Inc.
  • Parata Systems LLC
  • Rxsafe LLC
  • Scriptpro LLC
  • Yuyama Co.Ltd.
  • McKesson Corporation
  • Swisslog Holdings AG
  • Talyst, Inc.
  • Avery Weigh-Tronix
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