Moorfields Pharmaceuticals, an autonomous manufacturing business unit of Moorfields Eye Hospital Foundation Trust, has implemented standardised barcoding to uniquely identify its range of unlicensed "specials" medicines.
Moorfields has deployed barcoding based on technology from GS1 UK, the independent supply chain data standards body.
The new process was implemented to improve the specials system and following requests from customers.
The medicines are prescribed by doctors and pharmacists for exceptional requirements such as eye drops and solutions, when no licensed pharmaceutical product is available to fit the need of the patient.
Bar codes using GS1 standards will help Moorfields Pharmaceuticals' customers to facilitate the use of automated dispensing and ordering processes, improve stock control and match patient records to the right medication.
Moorfields Pharmaceuticals has more than 100 product lines serving 3,000 customers, which were previously packaged in plain, white, labelled cartons.
Customer demand and the need for clear and accurate identification led to a complete re-design of the packaging across all product lines, incorporating a colour-coded system and a standard barcode.
The new standardised system is compatible with all of its customers' IT infrastructures and will help remove the risk of mismatched information.
"Providing our customers with a system to help guarantee that their patients are getting the right medication, at the right time, in the right dose, via the right route was crucial," said Geoff Bartlett, sales and marketing director at Moorfields Pharmaceuticals.
"In just six months we have the bar codes in place and this relatively simple change has led to an increase in business and positive feedback from our customers," he said.