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Functional Labels and What they are Used For

Labels for marking pharmaceutical products, whether self-adhesive or applied with wet glue, have been in existence for as long as labels have. But only in recent years have labels started to be equipped with additional functional features, exceeding the mere purpose of marking products. These features are manifold, being used for such purposes as documentation or the transfer of warnings printed on label parts that can be detached from the identification label. In some cases, several functional features are combined.

All of these solutions primarily aim to provide the ultimate user who will be handling the drug - either to ingest it personally or to administer it to a patient - with time-saving or safety benefits. Documentation mentioned at the beginning of this article, which facilitates the annotation of medical records and other documents with variable data like batch numbers or expiration dates, is one such application.

Equally important is the use of removable parts for marking the container from which a product is ultimately administered to the patient. Lyophilised products, which are dissolved in a solvent, are included as well, just like products in ampoules or vials, which are filled into disposable syringes. In many cases, the drug is not immediately administered to the patient after having been filled into the syringe and, until the drug is ready to be used, the container is left practically unmarked or marked only by crude, makeshift means. Another critical situation arises whenever the individual who has filled the syringe is not the same individual who will be administering the drug to the patient later on.


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By Peter Seidl, Sales Manager of Schreiner's MediPharm Business Unit at Schreiner Label and Self-Adhesion Technology Peter Seidl has been with Schreiner Label and Self-Adhesion Technology, based in Oberschleissheim near Munich, Germany, for the past 24 years.
He is currently the Sales Manager of Schreiner's MediPharm business unit, which specialises in the production of self-adhesion products for the pharmaceutical industry. He plays a major role in the development of multi-functional labels.

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