Talking Medication Dispenser

A lightbulb went off for Jeff Goff, pharmacy director at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. When pharmacists pull medications from the 2,000 or so dispensers at the hospital, they visually inspect each medication they pick to make sure it’s the right medication, the right preparation, etc. By adding another sense into the equation – in this case, sound – he could improve patient safety and reduce the risk of medication errors.

Twenty-five dollars later, he and systems analyst Fred Roberts had a prototype. Now they have a patent application, and a safer pharmacy.


  • Stephanie Longstreet

    What a terrific idea to add another sense (visual plus hearing) to make less Rx dispensing errors. Kudos to you! We use UPMC Horizon-Farrell whenever a hospital visit is necessary. It’s nice knowing that this is in the works for Rx’s that we may need to fill in the future.