Following our recent webinar in partnership with Clinlogis titled ‘Labeling Scrutinized – The Importance of Inspection’, we have picked out five key learnings that will help you to understand why data level inspection is vital to your labeling process. If you wish to watch the webinar in full, follow the link here.
Here are five key points:
- Poor label design = poor labels – Many aspects of label design can influence how effective inspection will be, the following need to be considered. Font size – machine-based inspection might be better at looking at smaller text than a human, but there is a limit. Consider legibility and clarity too. Complex labels with many blocks can be an issue so it's a good idea to avoid crowding, consider where a barcode is going to be positioned, whether corporate images need to be included, the size and location of required pictograms, the use of color, the label & backing color and the margin size.
- Label inspection improves patient safety – Labeling ensures the correct treatment is provided to the correct patient at the appropriate quality. Automated label inspection ensures critical information such as dosage or usage are legible, unambiguous and reflect what was sent to the printer A badly labeled medical device product being used by a health professional could result in potentially fatal results. While a barcode may look ok to the human eye, the print inspection solution should be able to detect if there might be issues once someone attempts to use the barcode, improving quality and resulting in better patient safety.
- Label inspection can reduce recalls – Year on year approximately 20% of major pharmaceutical product recalls are due to label issues such as incorrect data or illegibility. By using automated inspection at the time of printing, you can identify print quality issues before labels and products make their way further down supply chain. A recall can significantly damage a business financially and reputationally, so it is crucial that labeling recalls are avoided. If there is a recall in a clinical trial, there is the chance that your trial will have lost ground to other competitive trials.
- Label inspection ensures compliance – Inspection of printed labels is not an option – regulations demand it. Real time verification is achieved by label inspection as you can check what was sent to the printer is what got printed. Having a single audit log that not only captures all inspection results centrally, but also integrates those results with the details of the original print job and all prior aspects of the approval flow for the label and data in the same place makes future access to all compliance related activities easy and reliable.
- 52.1% of attendees answered they inspect printed labels manually – this appears to be a fairly high number when you consider the potential risk associated with human inspection. Human inspection is prone to error as there are things on a label that may not appear to the human eye as wrong on a label such as a date, language error or barcode error. You also have the issue that humans can make mistake as they may be rushing to get something done or could have been distracted from the task at hand. Automated print inspection delivers automated, real-time inspection of printed labels to identify quality issues with printed labels every time.
We hope these five key learnings were useful for you, but if you would like some more information on automated print inspection, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
About the author
Jack Cowmeadow, Senior Marketing Executive, PRISYM ID
I’m Jack Cowmeadow, and as part of the marketing team here at PRISYM ID, I have a keen interest in researching and analyzing the key facts, figures and market trends within life science, pharma and medical device labeling. While this research is valuable to my everyday work, it’s great to share this information as part of our blog.