First prescription bottles were using 2d codes for authentification, now the actual prescription will use a 2d code to be linked to an electronic network.
2d code readers and generating companies will soon be in high demand for the numerous applications they will offer.
From e-health Barcodes on prescriptions
The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland has announced it has signed a £6.8m contract with Hewlett Packard to provide it with bar-coded prescriptions in an effort to counter fraud.
The new Electronic Prescribing and Eligibility System (EPES) will be rolled out over the next two years. Paper prescriptions will be printed with a two-dimensional barcode at the GP's surgery that encodes all of the information. The prescription itself will be logged in a database.
When the script is presented at a pharmacy, the barcode will be scanned, capturing all of the information written on the prescription, and this will be compared against the electronic record. Payment to the pharmacy will then be made from the electronic, not the paper record.