The Air Force will build a $10 million pharmacy at Wright-Patterson to replace one at the center of a prescription drug mix-up three years ago.
The new 10,000-square-foot Kittyhawk Pharmacy will be built near a gas station in a base area that houses a commissary and exchange, among other retail services offered to service members, their families and retirees.
“This will replace it and enlarge it,” said Daryl Mayer, a Wright-Patterson spokesman.
The bigger pharmacy will have one drive through lane, double the lobby and processing space and a robot to fill prescriptions twice as quickly than today, according to Wright-Patterson. A groundbreaking is set June 8, with the new pharmacy opening in spring 2019.
The pharmacy fills more than 900 prescriptions daily, more than than three times what a typical civilian pharmacy fills, according to the Air Force. The base has more than 7,000 military personnel and 100,000 military retirees within 100 miles of the installation, a statement said.
Butt Construction Co. of Dayton was hired to build the pharmacy. Of the total cost, $6.6 million will be spent on construction and $3.4 million on equipment and furnishings.
In April 2014, the Kittyhawk Pharmacy was at the center of a prescription drug mix-up, investigators reported. Eight instances were found of Tylenol mixed with the muscle relaxant Robaxin, officials said at the time. The Air Force notified thousands of prescription holders of the errors, but an investigation found no patients had been harmed.
An automated dispensing system first cited as a possible link to the mix-up was restarted after investigators determined it was functioning properly and rigorous tests were conducted, officials said then.
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