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How to Make Sure That Your Pharmaceutical Labels Are Clear

March 29, 2017

According to the Mayo Clinic News Network, nearly 70 percent of Americans take at least one prescription medication per day. More than half of Americans take two prescription medications per day. Interestingly, 25 percent of Americans take more than five prescription medications regularly. Most commonly prescribed medications include painkiller opioids, antidepressants, and antibiotics. Additionally, 81 percent of Americans rely on over-the-counter medications to enhance quality of life.

While many of these prescription medications are used to treat chronic health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease or improve quality of life—others are used optionally to treat minor ailments. However, it’s important that all pharmaceutical labels be clear and concise, whether the medication is to be taken regularly or on an as-needed basis. According to Medication Use Safety Training for Seniors, nearly 40 percent of seniors cannot read prescription labels clearly and 67 percent cannot understand the drug information they are provided with. All too often this leads to accidental overdoses and additional health hazards. To prevent accidental overdoses and adverse reactions, customized labels must include proper safety information in a clear and easily readable way. Read on to learn more about how pharmaceutical companies can ensure that their pharmaceutical labels promote customer safety.

Clear Labels Promote Consumer Trust

The information you include on pharmaceutical labels and the language you use to convey the information are both important factors that must be taken into consideration—but even more important on pharmaceutical labels is the design used. Practical designs can make it easier for patients to read the dosage information and warnings on drug labels. Additionally, the FDA requires all drug companies to design and apply pharmaceutical labels in a way that makes them easily readable regardless of use, storage, and distribution conditions.

To make your pharmaceutical labels as easy as possible to read and understand, here are some tips to improve your customized labels: 


·        Enhance dosage and ingredient information (by bolding the information or increasing the type size)

·        Make the dosage information, product name, and ingredients the most prominent label features

·        Avoid listing conflicting information

·        Stay away from overcrowded text

Strong, Durable Customized Labels

For pharmaceutical labels to be clearly readable, they must be durable and long-lasting, regardless of storage or usage conditions. At Sheet-Labels.com, our drug and vitamin labels are high-quality, eye catching, and available in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and materials. Once applied to your packaging, our labels stay put throughout the life cycle of the product. Additionally, we can help you to design your pharmaceutical labels in the most practical way. We’ll help you to check for important drug label requirements such as the following:

·        The product’s official name

·        Active and inactive drug ingredients

·        The product’s Drug Facts table

·        The purpose of the drug and usage instructions

·        Any possible drug warnings

·        Warnings involving allergic or adverse reactions

We’ll also help you to meet FDA approval through label design, front size and type, label materials used, and the format of the product label. For more information about the FDA’s drug labeling guidelines, visit the FDA’s website, and contact us when you’re ready to create your clear, durable, and customized product labels. We’re here to help! 

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