With Debra Bogo-Ernst
On February 25, 2004, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced new regulations requiring "bar codes" on most prescription drugs and certain over-the-counter drugs (the Final Rule). By promulgating this Final Rule, the FDA hopes to reduce the number of medication errors in hospitals and other health care settings by allowing health care professionals to use bar code scanning equipment to verify that the right drug (in the right dose and right route of administration) is being given to the