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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By George Wright IV, Product Identification & Processing Systems Inc.
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.
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.
The Healthcare Supply Chain Association (HSCA) and the Healthcare Industry Supply Chain Institute (HISCI) have released the results of an independent survey regarding industry adoption and integration of identification technologies used to track items in the healthcare supply chain. These include unique product identification and location codes such as Global Trade Item Numbers [GTINS] and Global Location Numbers [GLNs].