India adopting barcodes

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The body that oversees the standards relating to product barcoding,
EAN, is to work with Indian pharmaceutical companies to help them
comply with the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA)
requirements on barcoding human drugs and biological products.

EAN India said that it had started working closely with major Indian pharmaceutical companies, and that more than 400 have already adopted barcoding using EAN.UCC standards, according to the Hindu Business Line​.

"The US is a major buyer of medicines and medical products. Indian exporters would need to quickly incorporate barcodes on their export supplies to meet the US FDA directive,"​ said Ravi Mathurm chief executive of EAN India, who noted that a number of pharma exporters to Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries have already been using EAN barcodes based on country/buyer requirements.

Last year​, the FDA announced that it would demand barcodes on all medicines for hospital use, in a move designed to achieve a 50 per cent increase in the interception of medication errors at the "dispensing and administration" stages, improving patient safety.

In addition, the rule also requires the use of machine-readable information on container labels of blood and blood components intended for transfusion.

Related topics: Drug Delivery, QA/QC

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