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iPack®Rx Unit Dose Packager

The iPack®Rx Unit Dose Packager offers the best features in bar coded unit dose packaging. Its advanced and engineered design makes unit dose packaging easy as 1-2-3 for acute care hospitals, centralized facilities, institutional facilities, and repackaging facilities.

The iPack®Rx Unit Dose Packager is also now available with the patented intelliCount® Automated Universal Pill Feeder to allow for unattended packaging operations, freeing pharmacy staff to attend to other various tasks. The intelliCount® Automated Universal Pill Feeder automatically counts and feeds tablets and capsules into the iPack®Rx Unit Dose Packager for fast and easy bar coded unit dose packaging.

No Crush Technology

Our patented features reduces the rate of crushed pills in each unit dose package and eliminates empty packages between runs.

intelliCount® Automated Feeder

Unattended packaging ability with our patented pill feeder, guaranteed to save time.

4 Package Sizes

No toolkit required to change package sizes.  Choose a label template according to desired package size in the software, and you can package in 4 different sizes: 2″ x 2″, 2″ x 1.67″ 2″ x 1.43″ and 2″ x 1.25″.


  • Package in 4 sizes: 2.0″ x 1.25”, 2.0″ x 1.43”, 2.0″ x 1.67”, 2.0″ x 2.0” with only a mouse click (No hardware change required)
  • m:Print® Bar Code Labeling Software with complete drug databases available, including pill images and tallMAN lettering.
  • Optional intelliCount® Automated Universal Pill/Capsule Feeder
  • No Crush Technology—advanced engineering and patented design delivers delivers no crushed pills.
  • In-line Bar Code Verifier to scan each 2D or linear bar code on every package for accuracy.
  • Pill Drop Sensor prevents missed or empty packages.
  • Universal Pill Disc can package any size tablet or capsule no hassling with multiple discs.
  • Prints 2D and linear bar codes in all common symbologies.
  • In-line Direct Thermal Printer
  • Unlimited Custom Label Templates
  • Flexible Reports eliminating the need for manual logs
  • Microsoft SQL Server Database
  • Automatic Job Number
  • Max Package Speed:
    • 48 packages per minute
  • Printer:
    • 300DPI
  • Operating Modes:
    • Direct Thermal
    • Thermal Transfer
  • Bar Codes:  
    • Linear and 2D Bar Codes, such as Aztec and Data Matrix
  • Materials:
    • Paper/Foil
    • Amber Cello
  • Dimensions:
    • Height: 14”
    • Width: 40”
    • Depth: 18”
    • Weight: 114 lbs.
  • Optimal Operating Space:
    • 65” from floor x 52”L x 18”D
  • Power:
    • 115VAC, 60Hz, 320VA & 230VAC, 50Hz, 320VA
  • Package Sizes:
    • 2.0” x 1.25”
    • 2.0” x 1.43”
    • 2.0” x 1.67”
    • 2.0” x 2.0”

Compare iPack® Rx Unit Dose Packager Standard Features to Other Tabletop Unit Dose Packagers:

iPack® Rx

Others

“No Crush” Technology – reducing the rate of crushed pills

Yes

No

Bar Code Verifier – scans & verifies bar code on every package

Yes

No

Pill Drop Sensor – eliminates empty packages

Yes

No

Change Package Sizes – 4 package sizes by simple mouse click

Yes

No

Universal Pill Feed Disc – only 1 disc necessary for 99.9% of pill shapes/sizes

Yes

No

Transparent Safety Doors – encloses packaging operations

Yes

No

Built-In Computer Option

Yes

No

intelliCount® Automated Universal Pill Feeder – enables unattended packaging

Yes

No

Telephone Technical Support

Yes

Limited Vendors

No Print Ribbon Required

Yes

Limited Models

Operating Software: m:Print® Bar Code Labeling Software – 64 & 32 Bit Compatible

Yes

No

Unlimited Custom Label Templates – 2D or Linear Bar Codes

Yes

No

Interfaced Auxiliary Label Printing

Yes

No

Windows® Fonts & Formatting

Yes

No

Emergency Stop Button

Yes

No

Real Time On-Line Customer Support

Yes

Limited Vendors

Loaner Unit Available – free with Customer Support Agreement

Yes

No

Bar Code Labeling Software

The iPack®Rx Unit Dose Packager is exclusively operated by m:Print® Bar Code Labeling Software. m:Print® allows every pharmacy to increase efficiency and accuracy of its unit dose labeling. Changing package sizes only requires a few clicks of a mouse. m:Print® makes unit dose packaging easy and simple.

  • Print pharmacy labels including clearTag® labels, sheet labels, and roll labels of any size.
  • Medi-Span Drug Database featuring pill images and tallMAN lettering.
  • 4 Levels of Security for optimal and secure unit dose packaging
  • Create unlimited label templates for unit dose packaging
  • Save all your pharmacy label templates in ONE place

Pearson’s intelliCount® Automated Universal Pill Feeder allows for convenient, unattended medication packaging.

Simply pour your tablets in and start your packaging run after a few simple clicks of a mouse. The intelliCount® also has HOT fill capability, allowing you to easily replenish the feeder during operation.

Reduce the number of crushed pills and avoid double pills in packages using the automated feeder.

Take away timely manual unit dose packaging and utilize the iPack®Rx Unit Dose Packager with intelliCount® Automated Universal Pill Feeder for more convenient, safer unit dose packaging solutions.

Q: Can I use the iPack®Rx Unit Dose Packager to manually package my medication?

Yes. The iPack®Rx Unit Dose Packager uses a patented Universal Pill Disk that directs your pills in the middle of the package. During manual packaging, our Pill Drop Sensor will ensure you do not have empty packages while you are manually packaging your medication, even if there are not consecutive pills in each slot. To see a demonstration of this feature, please contact us at sales@pearsonmedical.com to schedule a live webcast.

Q: Do I need the intelliCount® Automated Pill Feeder?

This is an optional add on feature to the iPack®Rx Unit Dose Packager. With the feeder, you are able to package your medication while attending to other tasks, saving you both time and money. The intelliCount® Automated Pill Feeder is an ideal feature for your long packaging runs and allows for HOT pill replenishing.

Q: Can the iPack®Rx Unit Dose Packager package liquids?

At this time, the iPack®Rx Unit Dose Packager cannot package liquids. Further development for a liquid packager is in process for future release. However, the iPack®Rx’s operating system, m:Print® can print clearTag® flag labels that can be used for ampoules, vials, syringes, and all your hard to label pharmacy products.

Q: What is the size range of tablet or capsule for the iPack®Rx Unit Dose Packager?

The maximum length of a capsule/oblong tablet that can be packaged with the iPack®Rx Unit Dose Packager is 1″. The minimum length is about 0.1″. The maximum diameter of a round tablet is .77″ diameter and .23″ thickness for a large pill like a calcium carbonate (Tums).

Q: What kind of maintenance service should be provided locally?

Daily cleaning of feed throats, feed tray, universal pill disks, pill shelf, reflective mirror and feeder disks by the pharmacy staff is recommended.   There is really no annual service necessary for the iPack®Rx Unit Dose Packager as long as the pharmacy staff commit to daily cleaning of parts.  Alcohol or alcohol wipes are all that are necessary for cleaning of the parts.  In the event that a part should fail, a checklist covering “mechanical” services such as cleaning sealing jaws, checking for loosened screws on feeder, pinch rollers, etc., checking film build up on sealing jaws, checking the rubber thickness on sealing jaws, checking stability of sensors would be provided to your technical support team.  The tools required for servicing/repairing an iPack®Rx Unit Dose Packager would be a standard allen wrench set.

Q: Since there is no print ribbon involved in the packing process, is it a thermal printer placing the text and barcodes on the packing?

The iPack®Rx Unit Dose Packager uses a direct thermal printer to print the barcode and drug information directly onto the unit dose package.  Therefore, no print ribbon is necessary.

Q: In the video, it talks about a single universal feeder. Is there truly only 1 feeder tray, and does it work for tabs and caps, small and large size?

The iPack®Rx Unit Dose Packager can operate with or without the intelliCount Universal Automated Feeder.  When operating the iPack®Rx Unit Dose Packager in manual mode (without intelliCount Feeder) there are two pill disks (a) universal pill disk for all pills EXCEPT calcium carbonate pills; and (b) the calcium carbonate disk (sometimes referred to as the “Tums Disk”.  There are three (3) feed throats, each uniquely designed for specifically shaped pills.  This increases the accuracy of the pills dropping into the packages and prevents pill crushes.

Q: If we have two machines, can they share a single database for users and package formats?

Yes.  Two machines can be operated by one computer which is running one instance of m:Print® software and one database; however, the machines cannot conduct packaging runs simultaneously.  A network version of m:Print® would be necessary to perform packaging operations on multiple machines simultaneously.  A network version of m:Print® Bar Code Labeling Software is planned for a future release.

Q: Can the m:Print® Bar Code Labeling Software be used outside of the packaging process (to create a sheet of a single barcode, to make a sheet that would represent an emergency tray and have multiple different barcodes?

Yes m:Print® can print to sheet labels or roll labels for items (drugs, vials, ampoules, IV bags, etc.) which cannot be put through the iPack®Rx Unit Dose Packager.  The iPack®Rx Unit Dose Packager can only package oral solids up to 1” in length.  m:Print® software comes pre-loaded with label templates for several label sizes, including Healthcare Logistics and Medi-Dose lid stock.  m:Print® Bar Code Labeling Software can be used to create labels with multiple barcodes on the same label in some instances; however, to completely and accurately answer this question, we would require further explanation as to the application.

Q: Can the package size be altered from one drug to the next? If so, is that controlled from the label format of the individual drugs, or do the users have to manually change something in the software with each med?

Yes. The iPack®Rx Unit Dose Packager can package in 4 different package lengths.  (Width is always 2”.)  The package lengths are 1.25”, 1.46, 1.67”, or 2”.  When a label template (label format) is created, a package length is selected, and the label template is saved for future use.  When the packaging technician begins a packaging run, the first step is to select a label template.  Because the label template already has the package length defined, there is no further step necessary by the technician.  The technician is now ready to scan the stock bottle to populate the fields of information for the specific drug.

Q: Is there a scanner that verifies each package barcode?

Yes, a standard feature of the iPack®Rx Unit Dose Packager is a built-in bar code verifier that scans each unit dose package as it moves through the iPack®Rx Unit Dose Packager.  The bar code verifier scans the printed bar code on the package to confirm readability of the bar code and to further confirm that the bar code contains the correct information as intended on the label.

Q: Is there a consumables price list, and would we order that from you?

All consumables for the iPack®Rx are ordered through our supply distribution center in Chicago, IL.  If the order is placed by 10:30 CST, in most cases the order can ship the same day.

Q: Can you explain the process to remedy a problem (phone, local, support flown in, or machine replacement)?

There are two ways to contact Pearson Medical’s Customer Support Department:  (1) via the toll free support line; or (2) via email at support@pearsonmedical.com.   Customer Support Agreements offer unlimited telephone technical support during normal business hours (Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. central standard time).   We have a guaranteed telephone response time of one (1) hour during regular business hours and by next business day after hours.  Technical issues unresolved via telephone or email are resolved via remote log-in to customer’s iPack®Rx Unit Dose Packager.  If it is determined a part needs to be replaced, the part is shipped to the customer with instructions on replacing the part.  The customer support team will provide live web-based support to aid the customer in changing the part.  Depending upon the level of CSA, the Pearson Medical can send a technician on-site when necessary.  The mean time between failures (MTF) is twenty-one (21) months.

Q: Can I lease the iPack® Rx Unit Dose Packager?

Yes. We do offer leasing options for the iPack® Rx Unit Dose Packager. Please contact us for a leasing estimate.