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Unit-dose, barcoded packaging targets oral liquid medications

Cardinal Health : 06 December, 2011  (New Product)
Cardinal Health unveils a unit-dose, barcoded packaging solution for oral liquid medications that are not currently commercially available in unit-dose form.
Cardinal Health developed this new line of packaging solutions in direct response to recommendations and input from hospital pharmacy directors from around the country.



"As more hospitals expand their use of barcode administration technology, we know that many consider repackaging liquid medications to be a time-consuming and challenging task. We're pleased to introduce new packaging solutions that remove some of that burden," said Jon Giacomin, President, US Pharmaceutical Distribution, Cardinal Health. "As we expand our portfolio of unit-dose, barcoded liquid medications, our goal is to help hospitals increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their patient safety initiatives while also freeing up valuable staff time to focus on patient care."  



Oral liquid medications from Cardinal Health are now available in different unit-dose package sizes, allowing for dose sizes ranging from 5 to 45 millilitres.  Other key features of this innovative packaging design include:




  • A flat-spoon shape to help ensure proper dosing, and to allow medication to be administered to the patient directly from the package.

  • More printable space for complete product labelling.


  • Durable, flat shape that makes it easier for hospitals to store liquid medications in medication filling bays and automated dispensing machines.

  • "Tall man" lettering to enhance patient safety by helping nurses and other clinicians differentiate sound-a-like, look-a-like products.


  • Reduced space symbology (RSS) barcodes, which allow health care providers to track the NDC lot number and expiration date of each medication dose, within in a single scan.  



The new product meets USP Class A packaging material standards and receives up to 12 months of expiration dating.



Unit-dose, barcoded liquid medications from Cardinal Health are packaged at Cardinal Health Pharmaceutical Repackaging, a facility that is registered with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and strictly follows current good manufacturing practices (cGMP) and FDA repackaging guidelines.  



For hospitals that have adopted CardinalASSIST ADM logistics to facilitate accurate and efficient automated dispensing machine replenishment, these products are also available in CardinalASSIST packaging.



Both oral liquid and ReadyScan oral solid unit-dose packaged products are available for order via cardinalhealth.com with next day delivery.
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