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Ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for new prescription refill machine

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – The 30th Medical Group and Col. Nina Armagno, 30th Space Wing commander, are scheduled to officially introduce a new machine called the ScriptCenter during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Base Exchange at 10 a.m. The ScriptCenter is an automated system similar to a typical vending machine by design, but is used by patrons to bypass going to the base’s pharmacy for prescription refills. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – The 30th Medical Group and Col. Nina Armagno, 30th Space Wing commander, are scheduled to officially introduce a new machine called the ScriptCenter during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Base Exchange at 10 a.m. The ScriptCenter is an automated system similar to a typical vending machine by design, but is used by patrons to bypass going to the base’s pharmacy for prescription refills. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Staff Sgt. Levi Riendeau)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The 30th Medical Group and Col. Nina Armagno, 30th Space Wing commander, are scheduled to officially introduce a new machine called the ScriptCenter during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Base Exchange here at 10 a.m. Feb. 16.

The ScriptCenter is an automated system similar to a typical vending machine by design, but is used by patrons to bypass going to the base's pharmacy for prescription refills.

Personnel assigned to the 30th MDG have installed the machine between Charley's Grilled Subs and the coffee shop at the Base Exchange. This service will be available to all beneficiaries eligible for care at the Vandenberg pharmacy.

To use the new system, patients must call the refill line at 805-605-0200 and select ScriptCenter as the desired pick-up location. Medication refills called in before 1:00 p.m. will be ready for pickup at the ScriptCenter after 12 p.m. the next duty day. The ScriptCenter offers more convenience as it can be used any time the Base Exchange building is open. Prescriptions will remain in the machine for seven calendar days and will be returned to the main pharmacy if not picked up within that time.

Patients may pick up all refills at the ScriptCenter unless they include controlled substances, oversized items or refrigerated items. If for any reason the prescription is not in the ScriptCenter, the machine will print instructions directing patients to pick up from the pharmacy located at the 30th MDG clinic.

For customers who are under the age of 18, the machine requires a prescription number and birth date. For everyone else, people will need an ID and PIN established when setting up an account in the ScriptCenter. Patients will then need to input their prescription number located on the prescription label. Patients may also add other eligible beneficiaries to an account once logged in or activate finger print sign-in options.

"For people who live downtown and work during the day, it can be difficult to find time to pickup refills," said Maj. Jeana Skora, 30th MDG pharmacist and Diagnostic and Therapeutic Flight commander. "I am excited that patients will be able to have another option to pick up refills which will offer more convenience and flexibility."

There will be enrollment drives the week of Feb. 20 - 24 for further assistance with registration.

For more information, call Senior Airman Tammi Aronce at 605-7572, or Capt. Anoop Joseph at 606-5327.