Serialization Terms for Hospitals and Pharmacies
In 2020, the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) will require that hospitals and pharmacies receive drugs with unique product identifiers, including a serial number, as part of the FDA’s broader track-and-trace regulations. With these upcoming serialization requirements comes an array of abbreviated words, acronyms, and definitions that will become part of your day-to-day life.
What, for example, is the distinction between a national drug code (NDC) and an unique identifier (UID)? And what does EPCIS even mean? As you begin to plan your serialization strategy, use this glossary of more than 100 terms as a reference guide. The sooner you master these basic definitions, the faster you can achieve your goals of planning for serialization in your hospital or pharmacy.