The Telltale Of The Medical Barcode

The barcode terror in the medical industry is caused by clash of interests of the players in this industry. it can be summed up as follows:-

The Golden Rule

Any medical barcode must hold at least

1-The Drug Code

2-The Expiry Date Of The Item

Unfortunately the grocery-style barcode is capable of holding only one of the above ,therefore , the medical industry must have any high density barcode ,like code 39 or data matrix or color Barcode... that is what you tthink. Here comes the headache and the excuse parade from the parties involved and the arguments of the respective parties are as follows
  • 1-The Hospitals needs the codes to be on the Hospital Unit-Dose(HUD) .. to protect the patient who is after all the final target
  • 2- The Drug Warehouses find that a bit too farfetched and want the coding to be based on the Stock Keep Unit(SKU) ,enabling the company to systematically track its inventory or product availability
  • 3- The Pharmacists want the coding to be according to the layout of his pharmacy which is based on Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical Classification System (ATC System). because that is how their eyes are screwed up towards the shelves
  • 4- The Manufacturers ,are interested in simple , unique, export friendly, grocery-style barcode which is less costly
  • 5-The Central Government need the National Drug Code(NDC) to be there and each new drug must be Registered to ensure that drugs have (FREE SALE CERTIFICATE(FSC))
  • 6- The Software hardware Business are the only happy party because they are selling barcode reader to an industry that does have a barcode

That Is The End Of The Telltale



Against this back ground,what the pharmacist should do? and how the hospitals should solve the most important question of HUD,while the medical warehouses are the most adversely affected sector.. . this is what we discovered from our regular visit to the medical warehouses in the middle east and Turkey. We offer two solutions please contact us

National drug code refers to a computer code in digital format used in the process of drug development, manufacturing, distribution, clinical application and regulation, according to the regulation. The standard national drug code  consists of 14 digits that include a country code, a drug category code, a drug body code and a verification code.