Bar Coding

Editorial: You, Too, Can Drive Healthcare Efficiency

I recently downloaded the iPhone app iTriage, just to be able to manage my health needs while on the go.

Little did I know that I would hear HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius extoll iTriage's benefits at Datapalooza 3. The app is among new tools that seek to mine healthcare data for innovation and progress.

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Microscan Lands Ringier Technology Innovation Award for Packaging

The recognition salutes the company’s C-mount design QX Hawk barcode imager, which is suitable for pharma packaging track-and-trace applications.

Microscan, a global leader in technology for precision data acquisition and control solutions, announces that its C-mount design QX Hawk barcode imager has won a 2012 Ringier Technology Innovation Award in the Packaging Industry category. Microscan’s Weijiang Song accepted the award during a ceremony in Shanghai. This event was co-organized by Ringier Trade Media and its magazine International Packaging News for China, together with ProPak China 2012.

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GPO Selects Firm for Repackaging and Bar Coding Services

Safecor Health LLC will now be providing medication repackaging and bar coding services to HealthTrust Purchasing Group L.P., in an effort to enhance medication safety and improve pharmacy operations. HealthTrust is a group purchasing organization that serves nearly 1400 not-for-profit and for-profit acute care facilities, as well as 10,600 ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices, and alternate care sites.

GS1 Working Ahead of Mandates

No national requirement for pharmaceutical track and trace has materialized to supersede California’s 2015 law, and Unique Device Identification has just been proposed in draft form.

With U.S. mandates slowly emerging, pharmaceutical and medical device companies should consider business needs as they prepare for unique product coding, GS1 representatives urge. The identification standards organization promotes its systems for standardizing product identification throughout the supply chain.

Health Systems Group Seeks GS1 Standards

Speakers at GS1 Connect in June shared several business reasons to standardize product identification. Health systems representatives spoke of efficiencies that standardized identification could bring in product and patient identification and tracking as well as improvements in billing, ordering, and inventory. Many spoke of the need for standards, such as the GS1 family of standards.

Implications for Pharma Labelers of Revision to GS1 DataBar Limited Specification

Scanner and verifier manufacturers, pharmaceutical labelers who print, and users who scan GS1 DataBar Limited on unit-dose packaging are affected.

By George Wright IV, Product identification & Processing Systems, Inc.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published a revised specification (ISO/IEC 24724:2011) in April 2011, that redefines the symbol structure, decode algorithm, and scanner processing requirements for GS1 DataBar Limited.

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GS1 Healthcare US Names New Leader

GS1 US has appointed Siobhan O’Bara as vice president, healthcare. O’Bara is now responsible for setting strategy and ensuring achievement of operating results for GS1 Healthcare US, including supporting GS1 Standards implementation initiatives
across the U.S. healthcare industry, the standards organization reported in a press release. 

HDMA Releases Major Revision to “Case Pack” Bar Code Label Guidelines

Changes introduced to meet evolving GS1 and supply chain requirements simplify and adapt case pack labels for serialization and 2-D scanning technology.

By George Wright IV, Product Identification & Processing Systems Inc.

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Achieving Necessary Control

The need for packaging line control as well as further collaboration among supply chain partners was emphasized during AIM Expo’s panel discussion, “Serialization in the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain: Lessons Learned and Remaining Challenges,” moderated by Bob Celeste, Director, Healthcare, GS1 US.

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Leading the Way

As most of the pharmaceutical industry waits for a federal requirement for track and trace or electronic pedigrees to supersede California’s e-pedigree law, two early adopters advance their pilots.

When it comes to implementing item-level serialization, most of the pharmaceutical supply chain seems to be waiting for FDA’s next move, or for California’s deadline for electronic pedigrees to get closer. Nonetheless, Purdue Pharma and Pfizer keep forging ahead. These two pharmaceutical manufacturers have been at the forefront of the pharmaceutical industry in piloting and adopting automatic identification technologies at the unit package level to combat counterfeiting and diversion.

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