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Dubai's first robot pharmacy to start services on Sunday

Dubai Health Authority says robot at Rashid Hospital is a first for the UAE in dispensing prescribed medication

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Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has inaugurated its first "robot" pharmacy at Rashid Hospital in the emirate.

The smart pharmacy is deploying a robot for the first time in the UAE to dispense prescribed medication, news agency WAM reported.

The robot can dispense prescribed medication at the click of a button based on a barcode, thus minimising any human error, it added.

The DHA said it will soon adopt the use of robot in all its hospital pharmacies.

The robot is one of the latest smart technologies adopted by the authority to meet the 2016-2021 strategy, which aims to achieve a happy and healthy society, said Humaid Al Qatami, chairman and director-general of DHA.

The robot, which can store up to 35,000 medicines and dispense around 12 prescriptions in less than a minute, will start serving customers from Sunday.

The robot will significantly reduce a person's waiting time, Dr Al Syed said, adding that the dispensing process will be paper-free.