White's Pharmacy testing a robotic pill packaging machine

White’s Pharmacy is celebrating another first with the latest robotic pill packaging machine from Script Pro, the MP 100.

The MP100 is the newest pill packaging machine, will be tested at White’s Pharmacy, so a select group of customers in Wiggins will receive the first prescriptions filled by the fully automated machine.

White’s already has a SP 200 that fills their top 200 prescriptions, which marked another first when it was acquired after moving to their third, now current location in 2008.

“It’s exciting to be the first one,” said fourth-generation pharmacist Alexandra White.

“I’m excited to offer this to the community, to keep growing, and continue my grandpa’s legacy.”

The first prescriptions filled through the beta-testing will be for 50 patients for nursing home clients. After the robot finishes each order, a pharmacist will hand-check each pouch to ensure every pill is accounted for and each dosage is accurate.

“All of their medicine can be in one pouch as opposed to each pill in a different bottle,” White said.

White’s Pharmacy fills hundreds of prescriptions depending on the day, so the new robot will help pharmacists fill orders faster and more efficiently. The MP 100 will be able to package a full set of once-daily medications for each individual. At full capacity, the MP100 can package up to 54 pouches per minute or up to 3,240 pouches per hour.

In medical facilities, one or more nurses are responsible for making sure dozens of patients have the correct number of pills each day. That can get complicated when one nurse has to account for over 50 patients, White says.

The pouches allow nursing home staff to have a more efficient medication schedule.

White said the pouches make the process simpler and decrease any chance of a patient missing a dose of their medication.

But the pouches are not just for patients in larger facilities.

White said anyone who has a multi-prescription pill regiment can benefit from having their medicines streamlined with the MP100.

“It’s not just for nursing home patients, it’s also for your grandmother who can’t keep track of her morning pills,” she said. “It could be for me, maybe I just want to make things simpler.”

The staff believes that Wiggins, though small, deserves the best this small business can offer.

“We do whatever has to be done to give patients the best care,” White said.

The White family has always strived to serve their customers with cutting-edge technology.

The late John White, who graduated from Ole Miss Pharmacy School in 1961, started White’s Pharmacy after purchasing Hinton’s drugstore in March of 1965. In 1978, John received the first Qs1 Pharmacy Computer system in the state of Mississippi, which was his claim to fame. John Solomon, who has been working for White’s Pharmacy since 1976 has been with White’s every step of the way through each new technology advancement.

The pharmacy marked another first when it acquired an automated ScriptPro.

The White family’s dedication to quality customer service and improvement inspired the youngest White pharmacist from an early age.

“When I was seven years old, I would come every other weekend and work with my grandfather,” she said. “It was such a good feeling, seeing how important my grandfather was to so many people.”

That’s what a career in pharmacy means to the White family,

“It’s something you can’t explain,” White said. “It’s a love for your family and a love for taking care of people.”

White’s Pharmacy is celebrating another first with the latest robotic pill packaging machine from Script Pro, the MP 100.

The MP100 is the newest pill packaging machine, will be tested at White’s Pharmacy, so a select group of customers in Wiggins will receive the first prescriptions filled by the fully automated machine.

White’s already has a SP 200 that fills their top 200 prescriptions, which marked another first when it was acquired after moving to their third, now current location in 2008.

“It’s exciting to be the first one,” said fourth-generation pharmacist Alexandra White.

“I’m excited to offer this to the community, to keep growing, and continue my grandpa’s legacy.”

The first prescriptions filled through the beta-testing will be for 50 patients for nursing home clients. After the robot finishes each order, a pharmacist will hand-check each pouch to ensure every pill is accounted for and each dosage is accurate.

“All of their medicine can be in one pouch as opposed to each pill in a different bottle,” White said.

White’s Pharmacy fills hundreds of prescriptions depending on the day, so the new robot will help pharmacists fill orders faster and more efficiently.  The MP 100 will be able to package a full set of once-daily medications for each individual. At full capacity, the MP100 can package up to 54 pouches per minute or up to 3,240 pouches per hour.

In medical facilities, one or more nurses are responsible for making sure dozens of patients have the correct number of pills each day. That can get complicated when one nurse has to account for over 50 patients, White says.

The pouches allow nursing home staff to have a more efficient medication schedule.

White said the pouches make the process simpler and decrease any chance of a patient missing a dose of their medication.

But the pouches are not just for patients in larger facilities.

White said anyone who has a multi-prescription pill regiment can benefit from having their medicines streamlined with the MP100.

“It’s not just for nursing home patients, it’s also for your grandmother who can’t keep track of her morning pills,” she said. “It could be for me, maybe I just want to make things simpler.”

The staff believes that Wiggins, though small, deserves the best this small business can offer.

“We do whatever has to be done to give patients the best care,” White said.

The White family has always strived to serve their customers with cutting-edge technology.

The late John White, who graduated from Ole Miss Pharmacy School in 1961, started White’s Pharmacy after purchasing Hinton’s drugstore in March of 1965. In 1978, John received the first Qs1 Pharmacy Computer system in the state of Mississippi, which was his claim to fame. John Solomon, who has been working for White’s Pharmacy since 1976 has been with White’s every step of the way through each new technology advancement.

The pharmacy marked another first when it acquired an automated ScriptPro.

The White family’s dedication to quality customer service and improvement inspired the youngest White pharmacist from an early age.

“When I was seven years old, I would come every other weekend and work with my grandfather,” she said. “It was such a good feeling, seeing how important my grandfather was to so many people.”

That’s what a career in pharmacy means to the White family,

“It’s something you can’t explain,” White said. “It’s a love for your family and a love for taking care of people.”

White’s Pharmacy is celebrating another first as they take part in testing the latest robotic pill packaging machine from Script Pro.

The ScriptPro MP100, the newest pill packaging machine, will be tested at White’s Pharmacy, so a select group of customers in Wiggins will receive the first prescriptions filled by the fully automated machine.

“It’s exciting to be the first one,” said fourth-generation pharmacist Alexandra White.

“I’m excited to offer this to the community, to keep growing, and continue my grandpa’s legacy.”

The first prescriptions filled through the beta-testing will be for 50 patients for nursing home clients. After the robot finishes each order, a pharmacist will hand-check each pouch to ensure every pill is accounted for and each dosage is accurate.

“All of their medicine can be in one pouch as opposed to each pill in a different bottle,” White said.

White’s Pharmacy fills hundreds of prescriptions depending on the day, so the new robot will help pharmacists fill orders faster and more efficiently.  The MP 100 will be able to package a full set of once-daily medications for each individual. At full capacity, the MP100 can package up to 54 pouches per minute or up to 3,240 pouches per hour.

In medical facilities, one or more nurses are responsible for making sure dozens of patients have the correct number of pills each day. That can get complicated when one nurse has to account for over 50 patients, White says.

The pouches allow nursing home staff to have a more efficient medication schedule.

White said the pouches make the process simpler and decrease any chance of a patient missing a dose of their medication.

But the pouches are not just for patients in larger facilities.

White said anyone who has a multi-prescription pill regiment can benefit from having their medicines streamlined with the MP100.

“It’s not just for nursing home patients, it’s also for your grandmother who can’t keep track of her morning pills,” she said. “It could be for me, maybe I just want to make things simpler.”

And why would the business want to be the first pharmacy in the world to test this automated machine? Because the staff believes that Wiggins, though small, deserves the best this small business can offer.

“We do whatever has to be done to give patients the best care,” White said.

Ever since White’s Pharmacy opened in Wiggins in the 1970s, the White family has always strived to serve their customers with cutting-edge technology.

Pharmacist John White, who started working as a local pharmacist in 1946, purchased the Hinton Drug Store in 1965 and founded White’s Pharmacy thereafter. The Wiggins location opened in 1976. Two years later, John and Pat White installed one of the first computers.

Later in 2008, the pharmacy marked another first when it acquired an automated ScriptPro.

The White family’s dedication to quality customer service and improvement inspired the youngest White pharmacist from an early age. White graduated pharmacy school in 2018 and began working at her family’s pharmacy later that year.

“When I was seven years old, I would come every other weekend and work with my grandfather,” she said. “It was such a good feeling, seeing how important my grandfather was to so many people.”

That’s what a career in pharmacy means to the White family,

“It’s something you can’t explain,” White said. “It’s a love for your family and a love for taking care of people.”