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.