Using RFID technology for drug administration

Over the past decade, health care organizations (HCCs) have relied on radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions to help with patient identification and monitoring. Pharmacy practices also benefit from the use of such technologies: RFID-based tracking methods have the potential to reduce drug errors, improve patient safety.1 However, Matthew Farley, Pharmacist, General Manager, Pharmaceutical Technology and Analysis, Freennius Cabi, Pharmacy He said many HCCOs are not fully utilizing the power of RFID technology. They have been held back by the tedious process of identifying drugs and the association of information society.

RFID technology has the ability to improve workflows to ensure that those essential drugs are in the right place at the right time. “Current RFID processes still require manual tagging. This is a huge time commitment for pharmacists and pharmacists, because they have to make sure that each RFID tag is related to the drug – and that the lottery number and expiration date are correctly entered into their systems. That can take a long time. ”

Leading pharmaceutical manufacturers provide RFID-enabled products that automatically include important pharmaceutical information in each drug label, eliminating the need for such time-consuming handiwork, said Mike Axlesen, senior manager of pharmaceutical technology and analytics. , Fresenius Kabi. And when these manufacturers use a standard data format based on GS1 standards for RFID tags, any participant in the supply chain can read that information, including the NDC number, lottery number and expiration date.

“There are many benefits to open source RFID systems,” he said. “As a pharmacist, it saves me a lot of time to have a manufacturer-approved RFID label that can be read in the current system. That was the time I spent developing clinical and patient care activities. “Also, having an automated account link also reduces the chances of copying errors during manual input input, thus reducing the likelihood of drug errors.”

Farley added that the use of a manufacturer-enabled RFID tag can increase the number of different drug flows, including administration procedures and even drug monitoring and control. As the manufacturer-sponsored RFID adoption grows and pharmaceutical teams look at the value, he said, there will be a variety of new and innovative ways in which the technology can be used to improve pharmacy operations and compatibility.

Pharmacists say that using GS1 standards to get this universal manufacturer’s active label gives them peace of mind. “These solutions have the potential to help us with big problems

There is a shortage of supply chain, counterfeit and even shortage. The Power to Overcome the Challenges of Pharmaceutical Management – Helping Some HCs Get Rid of Their Daily Anxiety will help all HCCs realize the full potential of RFID technology.

Read our case study to learn more about the GS1 electronic product code-enabled RFID tag.


  1. Acumenical research and consultation. 2021 Global Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) in the healthcare market. tag- rfid-in-health-market.

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Freninius Kabi is an international health care company specializing in vaccines, blood transfusions, and clinical nutrition for life-saving drugs and technologies. Our products and services are used to help care for serious and chronic patients. The people of Fresenius Kabi are led by one purpose – to put life-saving medicines and technologies in the hands of caregivers and to find solutions to the challenges they face. Freninius Kabi employs more than 40,000 people worldwide.

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