By Mike Spooner
Barcodes have changed very little over the last 60 years. Yet for pharmaceutical companies the barcode has taken on a vital role throughout the product’s lifecycle from original packaging to in hospital unit dose identification.
For pharmaceutical companies, a barcode helps to assure the origins of the drugs, which in turn helps in minimizing the possibility of a genuine drugs being considered sub-standard or counterfeit. Many nations are also passing legislative initiatives making it mandatory for pharmaceutical companies to affix barcodes on all primary level packaging.