The Government has announced that the QR codes to be affixed on packaging label of top 300 drug formulations from August 2023.
The government has notified the Drugs (Eighth Amendment) Rules, 2022.
Calpol, Allegra, Betadine ointment, Gelusil, and Dolo 650 are among the top 300 drug formulations. These QR codes can be used to check whether the drugs are fake.
The amendment inserts a clause in Rule 96 providing the manufacturers of drug formulation products must print or affix Bar Code or Quick Response Code on its primary packaging label or, in case of inadequate space in primary package label, on the secondary package label that store data or information legible with software application to facilitate authentication.
The stored data or information shall include the particulars, namely unique product identification code; proper and generic name of the drug; brand name; name and address of the manufacturer; batch number; date of manufacturing; date of expiry; and manufacturing licence number.
Date: 17th November, 2022