The pharmaceutical industry is perhaps the most stringent in terms of quality control. After all, any small error could put public safety at risk.

According to recent statistics, annual medication errors cost between $5.8 billion and $27.3 billion worldwide. And in the U.S. alone, nearly 7,000 people die every year as a result of improperly dispensed drugs. That’s why it’s so essential that medical product companies precisely follow all pharmaceutical labeling requirements.

To reduce errors and the risk of recalls, you’ll want to prioritize the finer details of your pharmaceutical labels and packaging. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Inspect All Artwork and Text

All artwork and included text must be inspected very carefully to ensure that any errors are caught and rectified prior to bringing the product to market.

Improperly labeling one product as another, placing a label on the wrong side of a package, or including an incorrect dosage or expiration date might sound like errors that can easily be avoided — and they are. However, you’d be surprised by how many times such an event occurs. And when it does, products can easily be recalled to minimize the negative effects on consumers.

All text and design need to be inspected during every step of the packaging and product labeling process to ensure that the information is accurate, legible, and compliant. Keep in mind that braille must also be included in pharmaceutical packaging, so this needs to be carefully analyzed for accuracy as well.

Proofread Last-Minute Changes

In the medical industry, last-minute adjustments occur all the time. It’s essential to be able to roll with the punches in order to accommodate new information.

At the same time, you’ll need to go over any recent changes with a fine-toothed comb prior to approving these pharmaceutical labels. It’s easy to miss an error when changes are made late in the game, but this is what could be your company’s downfall.

Grammatical errors or incorrect barcodes are common — and they need to be fixed immediately. Otherwise, your products could be recalled after the fact. A slight delay to ensure information is correct is much more preferable than dealing with a recall and the subsequent bad publicity for your product.

This is especially critical when it comes to globalization and multinational sales. Because of the use of multiple languages on your labels, sophisticated proofreading equipment must be used in order to check copy for correctness, as not every company has people that speak every language that must be printed. With today’s expanded content technology, even multi-page labels for small containers can be manufactured to allow for all required informational and regulatory content in multiple languages.

Safeguard Against Contamination

Pharmaceutical labels play a vital role in how your product is perceived and used. But superior packaging is required, as well.

In the medical industry, it’s not just about having unique packaging that catches a customer’s eye. Packaging also needs to keep consumers safe and guide them in how they’ll utilize the product at home. You’ll, therefore, need to prioritize tamper-evident packaging when appropriate to make certain that medications and consumers are protected.

What’s more, the packaging you use for various products will need to have obvious differences to reduce the risk of a packaging mix-up and subsequent medication errors. Having an attractive packaging design is important, but so is packaging that will alleviate contamination and the potential for misuse.

Recap

Having professional, attractive, and compliant pharmaceutical labels and packaging is a must for medical manufacturers and suppliers. To learn more about how our pharmaceutical labeling can set your product apart and help to protect the end consumer, please contact us today.