Product | Kirby Lester KL1Plus Pill Counter
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Kirby Lester KL1Plus RxLabel Scan Capabilities

Kirby Lester KL1Plus Pill Counter

Error-Preventing Tablet Counter For Controlled Medication Inventory and NDC Scan-Verification

The KL1Plus is a multi-functional tool for any size community pharmacy. It combines the simplicity of a Kirby Lester tablet counter with computerized scan-verification to safeguard against prescription filling errors, and inventory software to eliminate manual logs for controlled substances. Suitable for any volume or size community or outpatient pharmacy, the KL1Plus ensures prescriptions (tablets, capsules and unit-of-use items) are verified before counting, and every Rx dispense is archived for up to 10 years. And, if your pharmacy uses a fully automated pharmacy robot, a KL1Plus is the perfect partner to handle everything else for 100% medication verification and narcotics management peace of mind.

Perpetual Narcotics Inventory Management

link to replace your manual C-2 log pdfThe KL1Plus helps your pharmacy maintain absolute inventory accuracy, especially for controlled medications (manual counting is only 95% accurate at best, with no record of what was filled). This “Directed Dispensing” system ensures all pharmacy staff members who process prescriptions are following best practices.

Kirby Lester KL1Plus is Designed For:

  • Prescription counting
  • Narcotics inventory counting and recording
  • Perpetual inventory software, including dynamic interface with Datarithm® 
  • Automated packaging device: cassette/cell inventory
  • Returns and expired medication inventory tracking

KL1Plus - Verify plus count with 1 device

Pharmacist scanning an RX bottle with a KL1Plus
KL1Plus - Verify plus count with 1 device

Key Features

  • Forces a check for all medications (tablets, capsules and unit of use) before counting; KL1Plus software alerts the technician to a potential error (wrong med, strength, or quantity)
  • Flags for exception-med handling (e.g., USP-800 list drugs, penicillin, sulfa)
  • Orders are verified and filled in less time than traditional hand-counting (14.3 seconds faster (avg) than hand-counting for a 90-count Rx)
  • Completed prescriptions can be retrieved for up to 10 years
  • “Directed Dispensing” ensures all pharmacy staff follow designated controlled medication procedure
  • Inventory management software provides an electronic C-II log and browser-based reports, replacing manual log processes
  • Essential for perpetual inventory management, records can be exported. Including Datarithm direct interface for daily cycle counts to assist forecasting for medication reordering
  • Biometric finger scanning for user and time tracking
  • Compact design, about the size of a traditional counting tray
  • Frees up time to help staff concentrate on priorities like customer service and MTM, and pharmacists save precious time during script check
  • Counts almost any tablet or capsule without calibration, maintains absolute accuracy
  • Optional carrying case available when portability is needed
  • Capsa is ISO 27001:2013 certified, meeting the highest standards for cyber-security and HIPAA compliance
View Specifications
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Pills being poured into a KL1Plus

Pour almost any tablets or capsules through the 5.2” diameter funnel, up to 15/second

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Windows-based PC, RJ45 connector for interfacing and networking

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KL1Plus screen showing a record of a previously filled prescription

Bright 7” WSVGA (1024 x 600) touchscreen TFT LCD display

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Left-or right-hand tray, large capacity (up to 1,425 ibuprofen 200mg)

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Finger scanner for user tracking

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100,000+ meds & images pre-loaded

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Imaging scanner, reads traditional and 2D barcodes

Well Suited For

  • Retail pharmacy
  • Hospital outpatient pharmacy
  • LTC and specialty pharmacy


  • Dimensions: 14.6”(h) 12.5”(d) 8”(w) / 37.1(h) 31.75 (d) 20.3 (w)cm
  • Weight: 9.6 lb (4.4 kg)
  • Top Funnel Diameter: 5.2” (13.2cm)
  • Touch Screen: 7” WSVGA (1024 x 600) color TFT LCD display
  • Biometric fingerprint scanner
  • Windows-based PC
  • Tray Capacity: 800cc  (maximum capacity approx. 1,450 ibuprofen 200mg brown/round, approx 425 metformin 1000mg)
  • Tray Pouring: Left or right opening
  • Count Capacity: Up to 9,999
  • Maximum Tablet Size: 0.86” long (22mm) and 0.74” wide (19mm)
  • Minimum Tablet Size: 0.125” smallest diameter (3.175mm)
  • Throughput: Up to 15 tablets/capsules per second
  • Special Mode: For counting items with odd shapes or holes
  • C-II Electronic Log Mode: Track all controlled inventory from wholesaler receipt; each filled prescription and return-to-stock performed on the KL1Plus which adjusts on-device inventory; track any discretion/variance by user;  browser report shows total and NDC-specific activity.
    • KL1Plus browser forces quantity variance to be categorized: Broken Tablet, Clinical Transfer, DFI/Med Event Error, Expired; Manufacturer Shortage; Recalled; Theft/Loss
    • Variances ID’d by user and date/time
  • Inventory Mode: Essential for daily cycle counts and regular narcotics inventory. Count full and partial stock bottles (to-the-pill) and unit-of-use medications; export data for adjusting your pharmacy software, or for a record
  • Pharmacy Management System Interface: Available for most common platforms; 2-way interfaces available
  • User Maintenance & Tracking: Flexible system to track usage and authorize tasks; can be turned on & off; can use employee I.D. badge scan
  • Barcode Scanner: Imaging scanner reading traditional and 2D barcodes
  • Drug Images: 100,000+ medications pre-loaded, updated via cloud connection
  • Rx Archive: Retrieve the time/date of fill, count quantity, NDC match and user (if enabled), record kept up to 10 years
  • Meets EU standards for health, safety, and environmental protection
  • Meets CSA North American safety requirements for electrical equipment for measurement, control, and laboratory use