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Legislation/Regulation > Government Resource
US Food and Drug Administration, HHS. Final rule. Fed Regist. February 26, 2004;69(38):9119-9171.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires certain human drug and biological product labels to contain bar codes. The rule aims to reduce the number of medication errors by allowing health care professionals to use bar code scanning equipment for necessary verification. This protects against an incorrect drug administration. Effective date: April 26, 2004.
Tools/Toolkit > Fact Sheet/FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions. Bethesda, MD: US Food and Drug Administration Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research; April 13, 2006.
This FAQ answers questions related to the FDA machine-readable bar-coding requirement for blood components.
Journal Article > Study
Follow-up study of medication errors reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
Varricchio F, Reed J, and the VAERS Working Group. South Med J. 2006;99:486-489.
The investigators analyzed medication errors submitted to a national database to assess whether they were true errors, the reasons for these errors, and responses to the errors.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Patient Safety News. Show #58. December 2006.
This video story reviews a high-profile medication error and suggests actions to prevent similar incidents from occurring.
MedWatch Safety Alert. Silver Spring, MD: US Food and Drug Administration; December 9, 2008.
This announcement recalls a particular lot of injectable potassium chloride solution due to incorrect barcode labeling, which could result in medication errors.