Fresenius Kabi plans to add 2D barcodes to its pharmaceutical portfolio

Fresenius Kabi has announced a three-year plan to add GS1 Data Matrix barcodes to its pharmaceutical portfolio. 

GS1 Data Matrix barcodes are also known as 2D barcodes. 

The company manufactures a range of vials, syringes, IV products and parenteral nutrition products.  

The Lake Zurich, Illinois–based company says the decision will reduce the need for manual data entry by automating the identification and verification of products in medication management systems. 

Fresenius Kabi USA boasts that it is the first pharmaceutical company planning to incorporate GS1 Data Matrix barcodes on its drug product labels. 

The company tested the initiative on some of its IV products earlier this year. Fresenius Kabi plans to add the barcodes to vials in the early fall. 

Data Matrix barcodes include more information than traditional barcodes. 

Fresenius Kabi plans to use the barcodes to include lot numbers and expiration dates. 

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Fresenius Kabi to acquire Ivenix and its smart infusion system for $240M upfront

Fresenius Kabi announced today that it will acquire Ivenix with plans to bring a comprehensive infusion product portfolio to the U.S.

The acquisition, which has a purchase price of $240 million upfront, also includes potential milestone payments linked to achievements of commercial and operating targets.

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FDA clears Fresenius Kabi wireless Agilia Connect infusion system

[Image from Fresenius Kabi]Fresenius Kabi announced today that it received FDA 510(k) clearance for its wireless Agilia Connect infusion system.

Lake Zurich, Illinois-based Fresenius Kabi’s Agilia Connect infusion system includes the Agilia volumetric pump and the Agilia syringe pump with Vigilant software suite-Vigilant Master Med technology.

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Fresenius Kabi recalls sodium acetate injection due to presence of particulate matter

Fresenius Kabi USA announced today that it initiated the voluntary recall of seven lots of its sodium acetate injection.

Lake Zurich, Illinois-based Fresenius Kabi recalled the USP, 400 mEq/100 mL (4 mEq/mL), 100 mL fill in a 100 mL vial to the user level due to the presence of particulate matter found in reserve and/or stability sample vials.

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Government warns on cybersecurity issue with Fresenius Kabi’s Agilia Connect infusion system

The U.S. Cyber Security & Infrastructure Security Agency today issued a medical advisory for the Fresenius Kabi Agilia Connect infusion system.

Fresenius Kabi’s Agilia Connect infusion system has been deemed “exploitable remotely/low attack complexity” by the agency. Successful exploitation of vulnerabilities could allow an attacker to gain access to sensitive information, modify settings or parameters or perform arbitrary actions as an authenticated user.

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Omnicell, Fresenius Kabi collaborate on controlled substance dispensers

Omnicell (NSDQ:OMCL) and Fresenius Kabi announced today that they are collaborating on new technology for managing controlled substances.

The collaboration aims to provide U.S. hospitals and health systems with innovative new pharmacy technology designed to support safety and efficiency in dispensing controlled substances in patient care areas.

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Fresenius Kabi launches Simplist fentanyl citrate injection

[Image from Fresenius Kabi]Fresenius Kabi announced today that it initiated the U.S. introduction of a fentanyl citrate injection in the Simplist pre-filled syringe.

Lake Zurich, Ill.-based Fresenius Kabi’s proprietary Simplist ready-to-administer prefilled syringe offers the fentanyl citrate injection at 50 mcg per 1 mL in an effort to reduce waste and diversion while ensuring the safe delivery of medication.

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Fresenius Kabi launches sodium chloride injection in Freeflex IV bags

[Image from Fresenius Kabi]Fresenius Kabi announced today that it launched two new presentations of Heparin sodium in its Freeflex IV bags.

Lake Zurich, Ill.–based Fresenius Kabi’s Heparin sodium in sodium chloride injection at a concentration of two USP units per ml is indicated as an anticoagulant to maintain catheter patency, according to a news release.

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MedTech 100 roundup: Heading back to previous heights?

Although March brought on tough times for top stocks in the medtech industry, April is already showing signs of a rebound.

The year’s strong start, during which MassDevice‘s MedTech 100 index notched an all-time best of 110.96 points (Feb. 15) came to an end later that month and carried over into March, with the index hitting its lowest recent point on March 8 (102.16), marking a fall at a level not seen since October.

Even after a handful of slight improvements over the month of March, the industry never quite found its footing, ending the month below the 105-point mark.

The first week of April has already presented positive movement, though, with the industry rising to 106.26 points as the week ended on April 2, a 1.3% rise from the 104.87-point mark set the week prior on March 26.

Improvements highlight the secure position the industry has nestled into a year on from the height of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on medtech, as the industry…

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Fresenius Kabi, Corvida Medical ink U.S. distribution deal for drug-transfer device

Fresenius Kabi announced that it entered into a U.S. distribution agreement with Corvida Medical for the HALO closed system drug-transfer device (CSTD).

Under the distribution agreement, Lake Zurich, Ill.-based Fresenius Kabi will be the exclusive U.S. distributor for the HALO CSTD, an airtight and leak-proof CSTD designed to prohibit the transfer of environmental contaminants into the system and the escape of drug or vapor concentrations outside the system, according to a news release.

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