Cardinal Health EDI Compliance

Cardinal Health Medical is a Fortune 500 health care service company that started in 1971. The company has grown aggressively through acquisitions and now distributes pharmaceuticals and medical products to around 100,000 locations throughout the world. Cardinal provides almost 75% of all medical products to hospitals in the U.S.

In addition to distribution services, Cardinal Health produces surgical supplies such as gloves, surgery apparel, fluid management products, and much more.

EDI documents are transmitted over a VAN (Value Added Network). Below are the EDI document types and labels that are required by Cardinal Health Medical and which have been fully verified by CovalentWorks for accurate compliance with Cardinal Health Medical’s EDI credentials.

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Cardinal Health (Medical) EDI Requirements

Cardinal Health Pharma and Cardinal Health suppliers use several label types when a purchase order is fulfilled. They include:

  • Carton Only
  • Carton Only - smaller barcode for the PO
  • Pallet Only
  • Pallet Only - smaller barcode for the PO
  • SOTI Single SKU packed
  • SOTI “Mark for”
  • SOPI smaller barcode and UPC
  • SOTI Pallet - smaller barcode and UPC

For Cardinal Health, the ASN (Advance Shipping Notice) will have extensive information about the items that are being shipped and how they are being transported. For example, the numeric shipping weight, SCAC code, carrier reference, shipped date, estimated delivery date, and invoice number will be included as well as information directly from the purchase order.

ASN are in the SOPI and SOTI format for ASN’s. SOPI is mainly used for shipments with more than one item type and SOIP is typically used for shipments that have only one item type.  Some are required to include a plant code.

An SOPI (Shipment, Order, Pack (carton) and Item) ASN is also known as “Pick and Pack” because more than one type of item can be picked from the supplier’s shelves and packed into the same carton. 

The SOTI packing structure is like the SOPI packing structure, except that the carton pack information is replaced by pallet tare information. 

Here is a sample of one of the labels

Cardinal Health (Medical) Barcode Shipping Label Examples

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