Sainsbury’s launches medicine vending machine

Sainsbury’s is beginning a trial today of new prescription vending machines at two of its stores.

Each of the new machines will hold up to 450 packs of medicines which can only be accessed with the use of a unique ID and PIN code.

Stores in Haywards Heath and West Green, Sussex, will pilot the scheme, which Sainsbury’s hopes will improve the service of medicines in its stores.

David Gilder, Sainsbury’s Professional Services Manager, said: “The vending machines provide a secure and convenient way for customers to obtain prescribed medication at a time that suits them.

“We will evaluate feedback from customers and our in-store pharmacists before taking a decision on whether to roll them out to more stores.”

All prescriptions will be checked by a qualified pharmacist before being placed in the machines, and users must register in order to receive their ID and PIN number.

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