The Ministry of Public health has launched the pilot phase for 2D data Matrix Barcode Implementation on pharmaceutical products in the auditorium of the Ministry in Bir Hassan, under the patronage of Deputy Prime Minister Health Minister Ghassan Hasbani and in the presence of Director General of the Ministry Dr. Walid Ammar, the President of the Lebanese Order of Parmacists Georges Sili, the President of the Syndicate of Pharmaceutical Industries Caroline Abi Karam, the president of the Lebanese Pharmaceutical Importers Association Armond Phares, the President of the Syndicate of Hospital Owners Sleiman Haroun, the President of the Order of Physicians Raymond Sayegh, The Director of the Medical Care Directorate Dr. Joseph El-Helou, WHO representative Dr. Alissar Radi, Director of E-Health program at the Ministry Lina Abou Mrad, and a number of representatives of hospitals and pharmaceutical industries.(Read more...)
Guidelines-Implementation of the 2D BarCode on Pharmaceuticals
In order to ensure the patient’s access to safe drugs, the Ministry of Public Health has adopted the two-dimensional (2D) barcode as a unified identification number on the package of the pharmaceutical products. The 2D barcode will help trace these products within the supply chain, from manufacturing, to storage, distribution and receipt of drugs by patients.
It has therefore become necessary to develop this manual designed to ensure the adoption of the necessary standards to include the barcode on drugs and help seize smuggled and counterfeit drugs in the Lebanese market.