Albany, NY -- (ReleaseWire) -- 05/15/2014 -- According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research "Pharmacy Automation Systems Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast, 2012 - 2018" the pharmacy automation systems market was valued at USD 4.7 billion in 2011 globally and is expected to grow to USD 7.8 billion by 2018, at a CAGR of 7.3% from 2012 to 2018. Automated technologies in pharmacy operations results in fewer medication errors, reduced medication cost, faster delivery time and enhanced control over pharmacy inventory. These benefits are expected to drive growth throughout the forecast period. In addition, market growth is expected to accelerate due to increasing cost pressure on healthcare providers from mounting regulatory guidelines, rising number of dosage prescriptions and reducing medical reimbursements.
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In 2011, the automated medication dispensing systems segment held the largest share in the global pharmacy automation systems market accounting for 48.3% and valued at USD 2.3 billion. The segment is expected to reach USD 3.6 billion by 2018 at a CAGR of 6.7% from 2012 to 2018. Shifting trend from centralized to decentralized or hybrid hospital pharmacy in large sized hospitals to improve the medication distribution process and patient safety is accelerating the demand for these systems. However, reluctance to accept these systems is seen in emerging markets due to its high deployment cost.
The majority of revenue is generated through hospital pharmacies particularly from large sized hospitals with more than 400 beds. Low budget restrains the expenditure of small and mid-sized hospitals to invest in expensive systems. Nevertheless, increasing investment is seen from these hospitals and pharmacists in affordable technologies such as tablet counters and compounding machines. The market is foreseeing considerable expansion due to growth in retail pharmacies and drug store chains in emerging countries with the introduction of FDI in these regions.
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The pharmacy automation systems market is currently dominated by North America which accounts for more than half of the global market share, where stringent regulations have increased the adoption of automated systems in hospitals and pharmacies. Although "Rest of the World" region currently holds a small share of the market, it is expected to grow at the fastest rate due to increasing awareness of these technologies and increasing investment in healthcare infrastructure by hospitals and retail pharmacists particularly in Middle-East.
The industry comprises of several established players as well as emerging players specialized in different technologies and solutions. CareFusion Corp is currently dominating the global pharmacy automation systems market. Kirby Lester is the most prominent provider of automated tablet counter systems. Some other key players in the overall pharmacy automation systems market include Omnicell Inc, AmerisourceBergen Corp, McKesson Corp, ScriptPro, Health-Robotics S.R.L and Swisslog Holding Ltd.
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This report is specially designed to analyze the potential and dynamics of the global pharmacy automation market and provides an in-depth analysis of recent developments, drivers and restraints, current trends and future outlook for the use of these technologies. The market is estimated and analyzed by segments such as technology, end users, and geography.
The sub-segments included under each of these groups are as follows:
- Automated dispensing systems
- Automated packaging & labeling
- Storage & retrieval systems
- Automated compounding systems
- Table-top counters
By end users
- Hospital pharmacies
- Retail pharmacies
- North America
- Rest of the World (RoW)
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