Safety institutes urge better bar-coding of drugs

March 2010
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;3/23/2010, Vol. 182 Issue 5, pE237
Academic Journal
The article reports that the Institute of Safe Medication Practices Canada (ISMP Canada) and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute encourages all pharmaceutical companies to voluntarily use GS1 bar codes on their products. GS1 Canada says that all bar codes contain a drug's identification number to identify the product, packaging size, and brand name. Meanwhile, sociologist Ross Koppel says that bar-coding might produce more problems, though it may increase patient safety.


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