Yes, there is now a medicine vending machine that dispenses prescription drugs.

Vending machines are being used to sell a variety of seemingly non vending machine related items these days.

At first glance, one would think offering drugs via a vending machine may not be such a good idea. Wouldn’t anyone have access to these prescription based drugs? Offered in what looks like a traditional snack machine? Are pharmacy based vending machines now going to be a vending service trend?

So far all indicators point to a big yes.

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picture of a medicine vending machine

These specially made prescription drug dispensing vending machines are not only located in well protected areas like doctors’ offices and hospitals, they’re specifically built to resist tampering. This should ease the minds of those concerned about vending machines that dispense drugs, even if they do require a prescription.

Would You Use a Medication Dispensing Machine?

What if you had to make a trip to the emergency room in the middle of the night and were given a prescription, BUT there weren’t any pharmacy’s open? You’d have to wait until the morning, then take the time to drive over to the pharmacy, turn in your prescription, and then wait the customary 20 to 30 minutes. If there happened to be prescription dispensing vending machines in the emergency room available, well, you could just pick up your prescription right then and there.

These drug dispensing machines will for the most part contain antibiotics and pain medication.

So here’s the catch:

When a patient receives their prescription, they’ll also receive a security code that allows them to access their prescription. Because patients have immediate access to the medication they need, this particular vending service is so far proving to be very beneficial.

Not long ago Arizona jumped on board when their State University’s pharmacy closed. Their Health Services director knew that this was going to be an issue for some students. So he decided to install vending machines that would be easily accessible for the students because not all students could make it to another pharmacy.

The Pasadena Community Urgent Care Center, located in a Los Angeles suburb, also installed what they call “a soda machine for prescriptions” for their patients. Their current prescription based offerings include antibiotics, cold and flu related medications, and pain medication, like ibuprofen.

Dr. Rosenblum is the creator of InstyMeds, the company that makes the prescription dispensing vending machines. It all began a few years ago when he wanted to solve the problem of parents not having access to a pharmacy 24/7 in order to get medication for their sick child.

Yes, there is a convenience fee. Unfortunately, there are no deals for those who happen to be under the weather.