Bar Coding

Premier Purchasing Partners Awards Safecore Health Repackaging Agreement

Premier Purchasing Partners LP awards Safecor Health L.L.C. (Woburn, MA) a three-year, multi-source agreement for pharmaceutical repackaging services. Under terms of the agreement, Safecor Health will provide Premier members a flexible and comprehensive menu of unit-dose and bar-coded repackaging services geared toward each client's unique packaging needs and medication safety initiatives.

New Identification Standard for Medical Devices

GS1 Healthcare (Brussels, Belgium) has published a new voluntary standard for the Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) of medical products. The standard provides a common set of data and data carriers for medical products at every packaging level, including specific guidance on selection and use of:

Track and Trace in 2009: How Far Have We Come?

Better to begin now when you have time to learn and test, rather than when faced with a legislative deadline.

Editor's Note: While preparing January PMP News's Track and Trace column for the 5th year in a row, Nosco's Gregg Metcalf realized that the pharmaceutical industry has come full circle. His first few articles focused on anticounterfeiting, and then he shifted to track-and-trace and e-pedigree as retailers and legislators did. Given worldwide increases in counterfeiting, today's focus is again on anticounterfeiting along with serialization without pedigree. Read on for a quick recap of past events and for ideas on building your product-protection strategies for 2010.

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Verifying the Bar Code Verifier

For years, users of linear bar codes have been able to do something 2-D bar codes users haven’t—confirm the accuracy of bar code verification systems through the use of a Calibrated Conformance Standard Test Card (CCSTC). These cards can be used for verifier calibration but are principally designed as a tool to test a verifier for conformance as per ISO/IEC specifications. In December, however, GS1 US announced the availability of the ISO/IEC Data Matrix and GS1 DataMatrix CCSTC, featuring 2-D bar code symbols of exact dimensional and reflectance values.

GS1 DataMatrix: FNC1 versus GS as the Variable-Length Field Separator Character

The GS1 General Specification requires the use of FNC1 but the transmitted data are the same if GS (Group Separator) is encoded instead. Does it really matter?


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Blister Printing Unit

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DotCode Published by AIM

AIM (Warrendale, PA), the international association focusing on bar codes, RFID, and enterprise mobile computing, has published DotCode, a rectangular matrix symbology. AIM reports that the code is designed for machine-readable coding with existing, in-market high-speed industrial printing equipment.

GS1 to Hold Bar Code Certification Course in New Jersey in November

GS1 will be holding its bar code certification program known as the “GS1 US Bar Codes and eCom Bar Code Consultant program” at its New Jersey offices November 11-12.  Described as an intensive two days of classroom instruction on GS1 General Specifications, the program will conclude with an open book test.  Participants that score ≥80% correct on this test will be granted a Certificate of Completion as GS1 US Bar Codes and eCom Bar Code Consultants. This certificate indicates the consultant is trained in the GS1 General Specifications and its application.

Bar Coding Unit-Dose Blisters

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What's in the Box?




FDA is developing standards for automatically identifying lots or serialized products. Product manufacturers are looking at bar codes to help them uniquely identify pharmaceuticals and medical devices, which leads them to some level of variable coding technology use.


By Daphne Allen


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