The Academy recently revived efforts to introduce automated identification on vaccine products, which would allow pediatricians to control inventory and improve patient safety.

Representatives from the Association of Immunization Managers, industry standards groups, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and manufacturers gathered at a meeting hosted by the Academy in January. Although past efforts have stalled, all present agreed that the technology and timing have aligned to encourage stakeholders to continue with implementation efforts.

The CDC and manufacturers have been invested in this issue for many years, as evidenced by work with the Canadian Automated Identification of Vaccine Product working group.

Automated identification on vaccine products initially focused on barcoding, although participants were encouraged to select the data needed (lot number, expiration date, etc.) rather than the carrier of the data (barcodes). Participants determined that the National Drug Code (NDC) number would give access to the manufacturer, vaccine...

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