Code Corporation Pharmacy Solutions
Healthcare is one of the most challenging environments for bar
code reading. Unlike a retail environment where there are bar code
standards, healthcare sees many different sizes and types of bar
code symbologies printed on a variety of surface types.
Inconsistencies in bar coded data also present a challenge and
require bar code readers to parse data for integration into health
The FDA has issued a ruling requiring drug manufacturers to place
a bar code consisting of the National Drug Code (NDC) associated to
that drug on the drug packaging, but drug manufacturer can choose to
encode additional data in the same bar code. The bar code may also
include lot numbers and expiration date.
In order to achieve success with bedside medication
administration and verification process, pharmacies need to apply
bar codes to as many of the unit-dose and compound medications as
possible. If a drug can be scanned in the Pharmacy, it can be
scanned at bedside, thus eliminating any manual processes or
workarounds associated with unscanned medications.
Bar coding inventory gives Pharmacists a tool to track
medications from receiving to dispensing accurately and efficiently.
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