After 30th November you will not easily be able to get hold of Biodose consumables from Protomed. For those Pharmacies that set out on a Biodose strategy then this is time for a major re-think. There are alternatives and its possible to continue with a pod based MDS solution but is this the right direction for you?
An alternative solution would be to switch to our PouchPack solution which provides many of the advantages of Biodose and avoids lots of disadvantages.
To help we are publishing a comparison chart we produced three years ago.
|Comparison Image||A Biodose Pod||A PouchPack Pouch|
|Capacity||9 different tablets||8 different tablets but up to 30 total tablets|
|Printed||Yes but basic information||Yes with each medication printed|
|Patient Identification||Name Printed on each pod and a picture on the edge of the tray||Name printed onto each pouch and a potential for a picture onto each pouch box|
|Range of solid medication||All||Most with some size restrictions|
|Liquids||Yes||No but reminder option
|Sealed||Heat Sealed||Heat Sealed|
|Production time single tray / 28 pouches (assembly and seal only)||About 15 - 20 minutes all manual||About 1-2 minutes mostly automatic|
|Residential Home / Care Agency||Yes||Yes|
|Consumable Cost (for single pod / pouch)||About 3p each||About 1p each|
|Method of Production||Only Manual||Only Automated|
|Method of Checking||Manual||Manual or Automated|
|Production Cost (for single pod / pouch)|
Based on 3,000 customers over 3 years
|About 10p||About 2.5p|
|EMAR Option||Yes - high cost||Yes - low cost|