Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) will ask the Food and Drug Administration to consider requiring bar codes on medical devices. The FDA last year mandated that bar codes be placed on hospital-administered drugs, biologicals and blood products but not on medical devices. According to a letter being drafted to the FDA by the congressman, requiring bar codes on medical devices would be "a common-sense next step in our shared goal of improving quality, cost effectiveness and supply-chain efficiency." Sessions is gathering signatures for the letter, his office said. -- by Tony Fong
Congressman intends to push bar codes for devices
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