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Safetrac™ Radiopharmaceutical Barcoding

Raising the bar in radiopharmaceutical tracking. The industry’s only complete radiopharmaceutical tracking system: from beginning to bedside.

What is the Safetrac™ Barcoding System?

Barcode technology is one of the most important components in safely tracking medications and verifying a patient’s five rights before administration: right patient, right drug, right dose, right route and right time. But some medications – such as unit-dose radiopharmaceuticals – are exempt from the FDA’s barcoding requirements, creating a potential gap in the tracking process and opening the door to patient dosing errors.

Watch the video to see how the Safetrac™ Barcoding System works from beginning to bedside.

Until now. The Cardinal Health™ Safetrac™ Barcoding System is the industry’s first and only system that tracks radiopharmaceuticals from beginning to bedside, with no gaps in tracking.

Download the Safetrac Barcording system brochure to learn more.

What is the Safetrac™ Barcoding System?

Every dose is now tracked when ordered, prepared, shipped, delivered and administered at the point of care by integrating with your EHR system. This reduces the number of crucial points for human error. Follow the dose from beginning to bedside below.




Electronic ordering integration drives efficiency and accuracy



Barcode-driven process for sterile preparation, prescription dose dispensing and pharmacy packaging, which exceeds standards and ensures each dose is accurate



Dose tracking provides real-time-information on delivery time or potential delays



Wirelessly confirms delivery accuracy and provides electronic proof of delivery
Enables users to quickly scan inventory and match it to patient studies


Enables scanning at the point of care to help eliminate administration errors


Five important reasons to track your radiopharmaceuticals from beginning to bedside:

Though radiopharmaceuticals are exempt today, barcoding radiopharmaceuticals could become a mandate in the future. By implementing the Safetrac™ Barcoding System, you and your facility remain proactive in meeting possible future requirements.

Errors in patient dosing happen more frequently without safeguards, and the potentially devastating effects may be reduced with the use of barcoding systems.

IT systems, such as computerized physician order entry systems and bedside barcoded medication administration systems, are key components of initiatives to prevent medication errors. The Safetrac™ Barcoding System helps support the effort to track all patient records electronically.

Patient dosing errors can have a financial impact. As healthcare shifts to an outcomes-based reimbursement model, it’s critical for providers to meet high quality standards to avoid potential reimbursement risks.

Since patients have a choice where they receive care, a good reputation is critical. A record of adverse patient events may harm your ability to attract patients and referring physicians.

Download the Why do something? Why now? Guide . Share with your Director of Pharmacy.

How does implementation work?

If you already use an EHR system in your nuclear medicine department, adoption is simple:

  1. Cardinal Health will provide you with a data table to link our codes to the radiopharmaceutical eRx codes in your EHR system.
  2. Your pharmacy personnel simply enter the codes in your system – no programming required.

To get started or for more information: contact us to be connected with your local sales consultant or pharmacist.


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