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  1. Labeling for CBER-Regulated Products

Blood and blood components must be labeled with with specific machine-readable bar code information by April 26th, 2006. The unit of blood or blood component label would contain the machine-readable information if the blood or blood component has any possibility of being transfused to a patient, whether or not the unit is actually transfused. The purpose of the bar coding rule is to reduce transfusion errors and increase patient safety.

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