Pharmaceutical traceability is required to eliminate counterfeits, ensure patient safety, and comply with regulations.
According to GS1, the global traceability standard for healthcare, "Traceability in healthcare enables you to see the movement of prescription drugs or medical devices across the supply chain. You can trace back to identify the history of the transfers and locations of a product, from the point of manufacture onwards. And you can track forwards to see the intended route of the product towards to the point of care."
In the healthcare industry, counterfeit or defective product can have significant consequences on patient health. Because of this, pharmaceutical manufacturers must adhere to strict regulations to ensure that their products can always be traced back to their source and that the Chain of Custody (CoC) and Chain of Ownership (CoO) for products are reliably documented. In addition, manufacturers must be able to quickly and completely recall any defective products to ensure patient safety.
To accomplish these goals, a reliable barcode reading solution must be implemented at every stage of the process. Barcode readers capture valuable data which can be used, when needed, to determine four dimensions of traceability outlined by GS1:
ABR 3000 barcode readers offer superior decoding capability in a compact form factor, multiple resolutions, and a wide range of lens options.
The iVu BCR offers advanced 1D and 2D barcode reading capabilities for traceability in a rugged package.
ABR 7000 barcode readers offer superior decoding capability and are in multiple resolutions and a wide range of lens options.