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GS1 Healthcare Newsletter
No. 24 – Spring / Summer – 2012 -
Supply chain modernisation for
pharmaceutical products in Asia-
Pacific Region
Major patient safety initiatives are underway in hospitals in
Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, to improve the Supply Chain
Management and patient safety in Healthcare institutions.
The Asia-Pacific region is progressing with several actions
already underway in order to adopt Global Trade Item
Numbers (GTINs) as the main product identification code.
Following a report published in the New England Journal of
Medicine (NEJM), showing a medication error reduction of 50%
with the introduction of bar codes, Taiwan Society of Health-
System Pharmacists (TSHP) is participating in a project aiming
at standardising and implementing the medication bar code
In Thailand, eleven organisations came together to form
the Thailand Healthcare Cluster to encourage stakeholders
to adopt the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) as identifier
for all pharmaceutical products supplied to hospitals. The
hospitals also require that by May 31
, 2012, this data be
uploaded in a data pool called 'Drug Net', including name,
ingredient, date of manufacture, and lot number. In addition,
by June 2012, the cluster will only order medicines from
suppliers who have adopted GTINs for their products.
Likewise, the Hospital Authority in Hong Kong has launched
the Supply Chain Modernisation of Pharmaceutical Products
initiative, which should enable to track and trace the
product from suppliers to the pharmacy stores, using GS1
unique identification keys (GTINs and SSCCs).We have the
responsibility to ensure that we adopt the best practices, to
engage our vendors and the technology to enable the process
to be efficient as well as meet patient safety goals” said Mrs. SC
Chiang, Senior pharmacist, at Hospital Authority, Hong Kong.
In Japan, early this year, the NTT Medical Center in Tokyo, has
implemented a state-of-the-art traceability project, enabling
the identification of endoscopes used in the operating room
after surgery. A real accomplishment as endoscopes are made
of 26 different small parts, all marked with GS1 DataMatrix
symbols as small as 1mm by 1mm. Using MNEXT technology for
marking and reading GS1 DataMatrix has enabled us to optimize
inventory management as well as ensure patient safety, said Dr
Ochiai, Chief Executive of NTT Medical Center Tokyo.
Ensuring Healthcare supply chain
traceability and safer medicines
Argentinas fight against counterfeit drugs has become a reality,
following the implementation by ANMAT (National Drug, Food
and Medical Technology Administration) of their National
Traceability System. The primary objective of the program is
to counteract the distribution and supply of illegitimate drugs
and guarantee patient safety. The programme is based on the
unambiguous identification of products through the IT systems
and the use of a harmonised language: GS1 Standards (GTINs
and Serial Number). All drug movements are then recorded
real-time in a central database managed by ANMAT using
Global Location Numbers (GLNs) to identify the various agents
involved in the supply chain.
EFPIA (European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and
Associations) is also actively working to meet the requirements
of the EU Falsified Medicines Directive and is supporting a
globally harmonised coding solution that will enable medicine
packs to be verified at the point of dispensing. The system:
the European Medicines Verification System (EMVS) will
ensure optimal patient safety and is based on GS1 DataMatrix
including GTIN, Serial Number, Expiry Date and Batch Number.
The solution, which was tested in Sweden in 2009, rhas been
developed the major pharmaceutical stakeholders: European
Association Euro Pharmaceutical Companies, European
Association of Pharmaceutical Full-Line Wholesalers (GIRP),
European Association Representing Community Pharmacists
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