prescription drug vending machine

26 May: Vending machine dispenses prescription drugs

From the Colorado Springs Gazette: A newcomer to the world of vending machines has joined the likes of sodas, candy, DVDs and toiletries — drugs. Integrity Urgent Care … in northeast Colorado Springs recently installed a machine stocked with dozens of common prescriptions — antibiotics, painkillers, asthma inhalers and oral steroids. It dispenses patients’ medications like a bag of potato chips or package of Skittles, and it is the first such machine in Colorado, according to the Minneapolis-based manufacturer, InstyMeds. The idea is to save patients the hassle of going to a pharmacy, having to wait in line for medicine, or going on a late-night search to have a prescription filled. “It’s a lot like ordering a candy bar out…