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Cardinal Health Unveils New Unit-dose, Barcoded Packaging Solutions for Oral Liquid Medications
Date:12/1/2011

DUBLIN, Ohio, Dec. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- At the 46th Annual Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition for the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), taking place from Dec. 4-8 in New Orleans, Cardinal Health will unveil a unique unit-dose, barcoded packaging solution for oral liquid medications that are not currently commercially available in unit-dose form.

Cardinal Health developed this new line of packaging solutions in direct response to recommendations and input from hospital pharmacy directors from around the country.

"As more hospitals expand their use of barcode administration technology, we know that many consider repackaging liquid medications to be a time-consuming and challenging task. We're pleased to introduce new packaging solutions that remove some of that burden," said Jon Giacomin, president, U.S. Pharmaceutical Distribution, Cardinal Health. "As we expand our portfolio of unit-dose, barcoded liquid medications, our goal is to help hospitals increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their patient safety initiatives while also freeing up valuable staff time to focus on patient care." 

Oral liquid medications from Cardinal Health are now available in different unit-dose package sizes, allowing for dose sizes ranging from 5 to 45 milliliters.  Other key features of this innovative packaging design include:

  • A flat-spoon shape to help ensure proper dosing, and to allow medication to be administered to the patient directly from the package.  
  • More printable space for complete product labeling.
  • Durable, flat shape that makes it easier for hospitals to store liquid medications in medication filling bays and automated dispensing machines.
  • "Tall man" lettering to enhance patient safety by helping nurses and other clinicians differentiate sound-a-like, look-a-like products.
  • Reduced space symbology (RSS) barcodes, which allow health
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