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Sainsbury adds Asteres pharmacy kiosks

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SAN DIEGO — British food retailer J. Sainsbury PLC is installing kiosks made by Asteres Inc. at its stores that let shoppers pick up and drop off prescriptions without waiting in a line, and even when the pharmacy is closed.

British food retailer J. Sainsbury PLC is installing kiosks made by Asteres Inc. at its stores that let shoppers pick up and drop off prescriptions without waiting in a line, and even when the pharmacy is closed.

Asteres said that the retail chain is the first commercial location in the U.K. to install the kiosks. 

"The vending machines provide a secure and convenient way for customers to obtain prescribed medication at a time that suits them. At the same time we also know that our customers value the option of speaking to a pharmacist so this is an additional service for customers who may prefer it," said David Gilder, Sainsbury’s professional services manager.

"We are thrilled to work with Sainsbury, as the first U.K. retailer to bring our Express prescription kiosks to their patients," said Martin Bridges, vice president, international at Asteres Inc., makers of automated pharmacy and retail kiosks. "The Express prescription kiosk helps pharmacies give their patients fast, conveniente and safe prescription deposit and collection services while maintaining a relationship with their trusted pharmacist."


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