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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.