First two Sandoz medicines labeled with RFID technology will be available in US hospitals starting in October, followed by several more through Q1 2021
Sandoz and Kit Check together provide comprehensive solutions to hospital customers to lower costs, reduce risks and treat patients safely and more efficiently
Advanced tracking technology streamlines inventory, workflow and auditing processes, further advancing Sandoz goal of being supplier of choice in hospitals
Princeton, New Jersey, October 1, 2020 – Sandoz Inc announced today that its first two injectable medicines with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags will be available this month to US hospitals through its collaboration with Kit Check, Inc., a leader in automated medication management solutions for hospitals.
The first two medicines include Anectine 200 mg/10mL and Rocuronium 50mg/5mL and 10mg/5mL (paralytics to relax muscles during surgery or other medical procedures). Several more Sandoz medicines are expected to be made available to Kit Check’s hospital partners through early 2021.
“Maintaining inventory of critical medicines is vital for hospitals to effectively treat patients, especially during COVID-19. Several products included in our collaboration with Kit Check are important hospital medicines that physicians rely on for immediate treatment of critically ill patients,” said Carol Lynch, President of Sandoz, Inc. “This aligns with our strategy to supplement our ongoing work through disruptive channels to ensure a reliable supply of high-quality injectable medicines makes it to hospital patients who need them.”
Through its collaboration with Kit Check, Sandoz will help hospital pharmacies improve efficiency, reduce risk and better support patient treatment in hospitals by providing real-time inventory reports and timely tracking of expiration of products and recalls. This will aid in automatic replenishment of supplies long-term. Especially during a pandemic, ensuring medicines are readily available, in addition to keeping prices stable, is paramount to patient care when healthcare systems are already being challenged and overwhelmed. Both Sandoz and Kit Check are members of the newly formed industry consortium DoseID, launched in August 2020 to ensure standardization and interoperability of RFID in the pharmaceutical supply chain.
Kit Check is a leader in RFID-based medication inventory tracking and automated tray processing in use at more than 500 hospitals in the US and Canada. RFID tags are applied to vials, syringes, bags, and other medication packages and supplies in trays and kits and used to track each medication that passes through the hospital pharmacies. Scanners will automatically identify the products in terms of NDC, lot number, and expiration date, saving time for hospital staff and reducing the risk of medical error. As a result, the pharmacy can see the product’s journey from the plant to the point of administration in real time.
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