2-D bar code: Phone can tell drug’s genuineness

Smart phone users could use their hi-end gadget to scan information scripted in 2-D bar code printed on the packet of medicine to ascertain whether the drug is a genuine or spurious.
Apart from 1-D bar coding identified by black lines stripes on the product, manufacturers, mostly from pharmaceutical sector, have started using 2-D bar coding.
“The unique bar code could incorporate information on as many as 28 points including date of manufacturing, name of the manufacture, batch no, expiry date, place of manufacturing, price etc,” said DS Mandloi, director of MSME Development Institute (MSME-DI).

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