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CHPA on bar codes

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

Use of the UPC code to address medication errors will "result in significant barriers in distribution channels" if it changes code's current intended use or efficiency, CHPA says in July 12 comments to FDA. Responding to agency's request for input on whether all OTC, Rx drugs should carry bar codes, trade association says it is unsure whether "a bar code in addition to the UPC on the package is either feasible or that institutions will have the appropriate tools to read this code and convert the information into a usable format that will reduce medication errors." CHPA cites need to establish "well-developed, evidence-based description" of medication errors involving OTC use in institutional settings. Group will make more detailed remarks at July 26 meeting (1"The Tan Sheet" June 24, 2002, p. 4)...

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