Pharmaceutical company expands barcodes

LAKE ZURICH — Fresenius Kabi USA has announced a three-year plan to add GS1 Data Matrix barcodes to its pharmaceutical portfolio of vials, syringes, IV solutions and parenteral nutrition products.

The new barcodes will be added to each unit of use, as well as packaging. Fresenius Kabi is the first pharmaceutical company to commit to offering GS1 Data Matrix barcodes on all pharmaceutical product labels.

Data Matrix barcodes on product labels are easily scanned at any position and store more crucial information, such as batch number, expiration date and national drug code, than a code -standard one-dimensional bar that only stores the national drug code, the company said. .

The initiative was piloted on select IV products earlier this year and will continue with the first bottled products available in early fall. This initiative will help streamline workflows in healthcare facilities by reducing error-prone manual data entry by providing automatic product identification and verification in medication management systems, Fresenius Kabi said.