Docket Management
Docket: 02N-0204 - Bar Code Label Requirements for Human Drug Products
Comment Number: EC -15

Accepted - Volume 6

Comment Record
Commentor Mr. Charles Rozak Date/Time 2003-04-01 12:56:42
Organization Elliot Hospital
Category Health Professional

Comments for FDA General
Questions
1. General Comments I am in full support of the Bar Code Label Requirements proposed by the FDA. I work in a health care system that utilizes bar codes to dispense patient medications. We conducted a study to determine the effect of using the automation (a robot) to dispense medications vs manually prepared medications. We were able to reduce our manual error dispensing rate by 50% by utilizing the robot. We are in the process of implementing bed side scanning. The pharmaceutical industry should be required to support such patient safety activities as robot dispensing and bed side scanning. I am a witness to the success that can be achieved. If one breaks the operational cost of this technology down to a cost per admission, it is less than the cost of most medications for one hospital day.




EC -15