Six hospital industry groups asked the Food and Drug Administration to require bar-coding on medical devices, extending an existing requirement that hospital-administered drugs, biologicals and blood products be bar-coded. In a letter to FDA Acting Commissioner Lester Crawford, the providers said, "It is a common sense next step in our shared goal of promoting patient safety, improving quality of care and encouraging cost effectiveness and supply-chain efficiency." The letter was signed by the American Hospital Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Catholic Health Association, the Federation of American Hospitals, the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems, and hospital alliances Premier and VHA. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) also is preparing a letter to Crawford asking that bar-coding of medical devices be required. -- by Tony Fong
Hospitals seek mandatory bar codes for medical devices
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