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While the branding of a label on a package is of high importance for any industry manufacturer, focusing only on the branding design and not taking care of the crucial info can result in small to huge errors which can ruin a great package design. The effects of label errors go beyond label recalls and financial losses. In a complex industry such as pharma and medical devices, it can go as far as the loss of human life. Because unclear or erred medication instructions are a huge risk for patient safety. This is why the US FDA is continually maintaining a high level of regulations when it comes to drug packaging. Patient safety is always the main point of focus.

A company may need to maintain its business, branding and marketing goals; but human life is way more important. So, organisations need to find balance. A way to have their brand stand out, but also to prioritise the safety and usage instructions. These things get tough when translation is involved. Because the entire label needs to be translated into a natural, understandable language. Additionally, product packages being exported to different countries, also need to adhere to the ever-evolving industry regulations worldwide. Another challenge faced by the industry is the use and the amount of available space. A label needs to be small or big enough to fit a container appropriately and to contain all of the information required by a regulatory organization, which often depends on the country a package is being exported to.

 

A clearly defined label design workflow

A great starting point for changing and introducing automation into the packaging and labeling workflow is the FDA Safety Considerations guidelines document. The document contains the suggestions for safety precautions on label design and guidance on what information is regulatory and what is advised. By defining a clear project scope for a label production workflow and creating a checklist approved by all stakeholders, a label production process can run much smoother and stay on track with the milestones and deadlines. It’s important to always keep in mind that manual artwork proofing and inspection takes much more time and is prone to human error. Pharma and Medical Device companies need to stay up to date with the latest automation novelties.

 

It’s also crucial that a clear strategy is defined for introducing the change and automating the packaging and label production workflow in order to speed up the process and reduce label errors. Finally, whether printing is being done in-house or outsourced, the label production stakeholders and the printing stakeholders need to carry out the printing inspection on both ends. They must double check and verify the approved artwork PDF against the Printer Proof, in order to eliminate all label printing errors. GlobalVision is the world leader in the design of innovative proofreading technologies. Their solutions have been integrated into the packaging workflows of leading consumer packaged goods companies, printing firms and over 70% of the top pharmaceutical companies worldwide.

The GlobalVision Text Inspection software compares two unlike documents to manage the accuracy of text along the artwork, document, and packaging creation workflow. It’s perfect for making sure there aren’t any unintended changes as your text moves from your copy document to artwork to print.

How it works:

  1. The Text Inspection software simultaneously reads and compares the text of two separate documents.
  2. This software is based on reading and comparing the Unicode value of each character, a text code that is common to all computer systems.
  3. If the Unicode characters are different, the differences are highlighted in a report.

With features like:

  • Ensure copy integrity
  • Inspect text in foreign languagesText Inspection
  • Compare different file formats
  • Find every difference type

What’s at stake with a product misspelling?

For any other type of business, it would mean a complete recall – which is costly, but may be otherwise harmless– but, when it comes to the pharma industry, a whole other set of issues could arise.

In addition to the financial costs of a recall and the time lost by resolving these issues, we have to keep in mind the obvious: Patients rely on their prescriptions to help them maintain their health.

Errors in pharma labeling can be devastating because they lead to drug misuse and the appearance of potentially lethal consequences.

A mistake of “Take every 2-4 hours” vs. “Take every 24 hours” is an easy difference to miss when verifying text, but as you can imagine it’s an error that cannot happen.

So, what might be an unfortunate and mild inconvenience for almost any other type of company, becomes a major, life-threatening issue for a pharmaceutical one. The risk placed on people’s lives, the money and time you have to consume, and the damage to your company’s image and reputation makes pharma labeling a process that must be undertaken with extra care and meticulous attention to detail.

Sadly, however, misspellings in the pharma industry continue to happen time and again.

Why does a process that’s supposed to be highly technical and scrupulous keep encountering problems with labeling issues?

It’s hard to pinpoint a single reason, mainly because medical packaging methods and techniques are different for every company.

Follow the link to analyse some common causes of medical and pharmaceutical spelling errors and what can we do to eradicate them:

 

Global Vision, a world leader in the design and delivery of innovative automated proofreading technologies, has announced its new and improved all-in-one Quality Control Platform. This technology has been called “streamlined and more efficient than ever,” and has been designed to keep businesses error-free. This is the first time Global Vision technologies have been combined into a single, unified application for desktop deployment. It gives clients easy access to every intuitive Global Vision inspection tool while removing unnecessary steps and reducing downtime. This first generation of its updated proofreading solution includes a range of key improvements – from using Adobe as a PDF generation.

 

This first generation of its updated proofreading solution includes a range of key improvements – from using Adobe as a PDF generation engine, to improved support for colour separations, to a side-by-side view for graphics’ inspection.

GlobalVision constantly strives to help clients make their businesses more efficient and profitable. That is why they have investigated inward as well as seeking client feedback. As a result, they have revolutionised their current products to better serve their clients’ needs.