Get Your Health Products...from a Vending Machine?
Vending machines have been around since the 1800s, providing convenient access to snacks, gum, drinks, cigarettes, etc. Now, an increasing number of vending machines around the world are dispensing health and safety items.
This month, in a mall on Long Island, a vending machine will provide access to baby essentials—big and small. A vending machine at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore provides nursing supplies for breastfeeding mothers. At Six Flags amusement parks, patrons will soon be able to get first aid supplies from vending machines.
Automated pharmacies called InstyMeds—currently found in more than 200 locations in the United States and other countries, including college campuses, emergency rooms, corporate wellness centers, and others—provide virtually any prescription medication (except those requiring refrigeration) 24/7. Other items available from vending machines include bicycle helmets (Australia), injectable drug supplies (Las Vegas), and even toilet paper (Mexico).
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