UK pharmacy Boots completes drone delivery of prescription meds
Boots has become the first community pharmacy in the UK to transport prescription-only medicines using drones. The company is working with medical drone delivery startup Apian to facilitate a trial from Portsmouth to the Isle of Wight.
Boots says deliveries are being conducted through electric, vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, the largest of which weighs 85 kg. The drones have a wingspan of 5 m and can carry up to 20 kg of payload. They have been designed and developed by Skylift, which was selected by Apian to be the project’s drone operator partners.
Rich Corbridge, chief information officer at Boots, explains that the pharmacy will be looking at how much time it can save, as well as how it can incorporate drones into its medicine supply chain to create economic efficiencies. Here’s Corbridge:
Drones have huge potential in the delivery of medicines and it is incredibly exciting to be the…