Pharmaceutical trace system launched in 2010, is a system of Turkey. In this system, the data matrix needs to be kept drug packaging.
The Turkish “Pharmaceutical Track and Trace System” (abbreviated as İTS) defines the infrastructure constructed to track and trace all units belonging to each pharmaceutical product in Turkey. İTS is the application of the well-known “Track & Trace” structure applied to the pharmaceutical industry. The serialization providing the uniqueness of the units is ensured by the DataMatrix code instead of formerly used barcode. The ability to track each drug unit is provided by gathering the information of each unit in every single step and action; and traceability is provided by its pedigree.
İTS is the first successful and unique application of “Pharmaceutical Track and Trace System” in the world. İTS is designed to track the location of every drug unit to ensure the reliable supply of drugs to patients. Therefore, all the drugs on the market are traced by notifications in all phases from production to consumption. Thus; the sale of fraudulent drugs, drug theft and barcode scams are prevented. In addition, if required, drugs can easily be recalled due to traceability of stocks.
DataMatrix is a symbol constituted by the encoded text and/or number characters which is composed of black and white cells on a square (10x10, 144x144) or rectangular (8x18, 16x48) field.
It’s general data size can change from very few bites to 1556 bites. The codified data is associated with the amount of cells that will be used within the DataMatrix. Even if some cells of the DataMatrix get harmed so that they cannot be read, it is possible to read these with the Error Correction Technique (ECC 200). One DataMatrix symbol can include 2.335 alphanumeric characters. Depending on the coding used, a white cell represents 0 and a black cell is a 1, or vice versa. Every DataMatrix is composed of two solid adjacent borders in an "L" shape (called the "finder pattern") and two other borders consisting of alternating dark and light "cells" or modules (called the "timing pattern"). DataMatrix symbol sizes vary from 8×8 to 144×144.
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