Despite the fact that the original 1992 Earth Summit mandate created guidelines for pharmaceutical labeling companies to abide by, there are still discrepancies made around the world.

The Summit laid out two different rules for pressure sensitive adhesive label printing:

  1. There must be a harmonized criteria for classifying substances and mixtures according to their health, physical, and environmental hazards, and
  2. There must be a regulated hazard communication put in place between industries.

Unfortunately, these mandates are not steadfast rules, as the state of label management in the U.S. pharmaceutical industry is not as universal as people once hoped it would be.

As a result, a recent survey was conducted of 100 different companies in the pharmaceutical healthcare industry, to assess the state of consistency in pharmaceutical labels. The goal was to identify some of the different challenges faced when printing and creating these custom labels.

Here we explain some of the key challenges that were referenced by the respondents according to the released survey results.


Following mandatory regulations

While there were numerous challenges reported, the most common (24%) was compliance with upcoming pharmaceutical regulations. Whether it is integrating with other packaging and labeling companies or becoming familiar with the differing pharmaceutical industry standards, mandatory compliance requirements were the biggest issues for many survey respondents.


Creating accurate labels

There are a lot of different factors in play when it comes to creating inaccurate pharmaceutical labels. Incorrect label information can seriously harm the individual consuming it, and the pharmacy companies could be at risk if any injuries occur. Those industry professionals polled hope that these risks will be mitigated by incorporating a fragmented production environment.


Developing a single, centralized platform for labeling

Nearly two-thirds (61.6%) of respondents reported that they would like one central platform for creating, printing, and integration for their products. Only 17% decided this wasn’t an option that interested them.


This survey highlights the importance of preventative maintenance in the pharmaceutical labeling industry. If you are interested in learning more about how Luminer’s pharmaceutical labeling capabilities can help produce labels that allow you to maintain accuracy and regulatory compliance, do not hesitate to contact our professionals today.