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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Merck Drone Medicine Delivery in Puerto Rico

Drones move forward for advanced delivery tasks in disasters  Some intriguing details are included.

Merck takes part in test of medicine-delivery drones in Puerto Rico
Merck, Volans-I, Softbox and AT&T are working with Direct Relief to test the drone system, which will deliver medicines to remote areas of the island.    By  Alaric Dearment in MedCityNews

As the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico becomes clearer, one of the largest drugmakers in the country is participating in a test of a drone system designed to deliver medicines to areas affected by disasters.

Merck & Co. – together with Softbox Systems, Volans-I, AT&T and the nonprofit group Direct Relief – began piloting the test of emergency medical supply deliveries on the island last week. The drones carry medicines to which people often lose access in disasters and include temperature-controlled units that can carry products requiring refrigeration. Volans-i manufactures the long-range drones, while Softbox makes the packaging system for transporting cold-chain medications.  .... " 

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