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Project Primary pack

Some of the twenty-one Swedish Health Care Regions are starting to request identifiers on primary pack level for medicines. The driver for this request is the switch to new e-health records/systems where, among others, closed loop medication, bed side scanning and improved follow up of medicines will be possible.
One of the health care regions added to their tender documents for procurements, with start date in Q3 2021, that labelling of primary packs will give an advantage in the procurement.

In the beginning of 2021, there was no clear owner for alignment of this topic. The Swedish authorities have neither expressed any clear directions for primary packs. The risks seen from the trade association for the research-based pharmaceutical industry in Sweden (Lif) were that a fragmented model could end up in several regional guidelines for how to identify primary pack and that these guidelines would cover (parts of) the Swedish market where in reality many medicines share pack across the Nordics.
Alignment on this area was seen as crucial to create predictability on the market, both short and long term. Instead of one of the stakeholders in the supply chain taking lead on this Lif proposed to e-VIS Board that e-VIS would lead the coordination and alignment for primary pack identifiers.

Workshop 24 May 2023

Below find agenda and presentations mainly in Swedish

Presentationer finns länkade i presentationerna

Öka kunskapen och skapa engagemang

Uppmuntra till handling

Below find agenda and presentations in Swedish


e-VIS – EAN-koder på sekundärförpackning

Kristina von Sydow, VD, e-VIS

Hur planerar Akademiska sjukhuset/Region Uppsala att arbeta med closedloop adminstration?
Hans Sjöberg, Chefsapotekare, Akademiska sjukhuset

Skanning av 2D-koder – utmaningar och lösningar
Jonas Kreku, Operations Manager, e-VIS

Uppdatering kring arbetet med produktkod på primärförpackning i VARA
Minna Tolonen Lindgren, Farmaceutisk utredare, E-hälsomyndigheten

  • Summering och diskussion tidigare rådslag
  • Hur har vi uppnått syftet kring att:
    – Öka kunskapen 
    – Skapa engagemang
    – Uppmuntra till handling
  • Hur tar vi arbetet vidare: Break out session
  • Diskussion i helgrupp
  • Summering och avslut

Full report (in Swedish only) Rådslag 25 November 2021

Below find agenda and presentations mainly in Swedish


  • Uppföljning av actions från rådslaget i juni 2021:
    • Genomgång actions, Kristina von Sydow, e-VIS
    • Patientsäkerhetsperspektivet, Uppdatering från regionerna
    • Myndighetsperspektivet, Uppdatering från eHälsomyndigheten, Läkemedelsverket och Socialstyrelsen
  • Break out sessions: Problemställningar som inkommit innan mötet
  • Break out sessions: Summering
  • Nästa steg

Summary in English – Workshop 16 June 2021

Full report (in Swedish only) from the workshop 16 June 2021

Below find agenda and presentations mainly in Swedish


• Introduktion
Kristina von Sydow, e-VIS

• Rekommendationer och guidelines i Norden
Hans Andersson, Lif

• Region Skåne och användning av kod på primärförpackning
Per Holmér med kollegor

• Primary pack barcode in Denmark
Ulla Bonderup, Amgros, Denmark

• Pharmaceutical company view Primary pack identification details
Maija Virtanen, Janssen Finland

• Break out sessions
• Summering av diskussioner
• Nästa steg

Övrigt material från mötet:
Primary packs information
Primary package identifiers_Guidance for pharma companies