Bar Coding

American Health Packaging Launches New Exclusive Unit Dose Products

American Health Packaging launches two additional SKUs to its growing unit dose line. The launches include Tacrolimus 0.5 mg, 1 mg and 5 mg capsules and Metroprolol Succinate ER 25 mg, 50 mg, 100 mg and 200 mg tablets, which are American Health Packaging exclusives. American Health Packaging is the only bar-coded, unit-dose offering in the marketplace. Other recent launches that are not exclusive include doxycycline Hyclate 100 mg tablets and anastrazole 1 mg tablets.

Networking For Data Sharing

In order to realize product security and business benefits from serialized bar codes, companies need to embrace interoperable solutions for capturing supply-chain events.
FDA’s approach for securing the drug supply chain was clarified last month when the agency issued final guidance on a serialized standard numerical identifier (SNI).
As with the agency’s draft guidance of January 2009, the agency said it should be viewed as recommendations and its current thinking on the topic.
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GS1 to Sunset Application Identifier AI(22) Data Structure for Secondary Attributes

Introduced more than 15 years ago to provide a convenient migration path for companies converting from the Health Industry Bar Code (HIBC) Supplier Labeling Standard to the global GS1 System of product identification and bar code marking standards, Application Identifier AI(22), “Secondary Data for Specific Health Industry Products,” is now slated for withdrawal effective January 1, 2013.

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Coding at Jet Speed

New print heads use Power over Ethernet technology to deliver coding data to the packaging line quickly and reliably.

Imagine having your coding data and your power delivered by one cable. What benefits could such a system deliver to your packaging line?

Code Tech Corp. (Princeton, NJ) is introducing the first Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) self-contained HP print module, the I jet. Manufactured in Germany by Mark-o-Print GmbH and distributed in the United States by Code Tech, this new HP printer can interface with all vision systems platforms and acts as a discreet device on the line.

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FDA Issues Final Guidance For Standardized Numerical Identifier For Prescription Drug Packages

FDA refined its draft guidance on a serialized numerical identifier (SNI) for prescription drug packaging with the issuance of final guidance March 26.

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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