Well, humans tend to remember the things they want to and forget things that are seemingly complicated and or involve the cost of money. So with that in mind, patients may not inform themselves about the medication they are taking; especially if they take more than one. This becomes a problem since drug bottles and drugs do not talk (except when you end up in the ER) and tell you when you are going to ingest a pill or capsule containing something other than your prescribed medicine. The ambiguity of the word tablet may seem like a striking coincidence. But the intention is to create some sort of wellness and knowledge across the spectrum.
QR code stands for quick response code. It consists of a black and white matrix. Information contained within the QR code can be almost anything and not just for items on sale in the mall. These QR codes appear pratically everything. QR codes should be placed on pill bottles and or boxes containing medications; this also includes injectable drugs,vaccines and over the counter stuff. You might ask, what is the reason for doing so? I should have an answer for this, which is- because the QR code, once placed against a QR scanner, which is just a piece of downloaded software that can be placed on a cell phone, computer or tablet with a camera, that is able to interpret the information contained in the black and white matrix and provide instant information regarding a pharmaceutical product.
So how is this used for medications?
Every medication including controlled substances, over the counter, brand, generic, injectables and vaccines should contain a QR code on the box or container/bottle it arrives in for storage. The QR code contains the phone numbers and website information to the pharmaceutical company manufacturers. The information contained within is described as hotline information access, so that if there is a problem or a recall on certain brands or lot numbers of a product, you can actually scan the box to see if you are affected and if so you can take the necessary action. The QR code and scan can also be very helpful to pharmacies who can use their QR codes as quality check to scan batches of medication for safety purposes and pharmaceutical updates in the event of a recall. By doing so pharmacies and pharmaceutical manufacturers are able to quickly scan a QR code or search a particular batch number and be provided information about the consumers who purchased a medication for notification and if it is an over the counter drug and paid for by cash, then at least the manufacturer knows what pharmacies or stores the medication was sold in so they can hopefully alert customers who made such purchase. QR scanners can be placed inside stores, pharmacies, hospitals and even be used in a physicians office to maintain safety checks on medications that are provided as samples. During a crisis, the pharmaceutical company representative that you see almost on a weekly basis is suddenly out of town and somewhat difficult to contact.
QR codes for medicine- well at least something in medicine can be in black and white!