Labelling is an essential factor practiced in the Pharmaceutical industry. It is the must that all the Pharma products or drugs have a label on their pack as this is the only way through which a seller and as well as the customer can identify the drug.
In this article, we shall discuss about a few parameters Pharmaceutical companies are required to follow when they are labelling the Pharmaceutical products. The directives discussed here are in general and not be restricted for a specific country.
Hence, the following parameters to be followed when labelling Pharma products are as follows:
• Name of the Drug Product:
When you come in contact with the product in the medical store, what is the first thing you notice? Obviously, you look at the name of the drug which you are going to consume.
Hence, Name of the Drug Product is one among the following parameters to be followed when labelling Pharma products. Name of the Pharma drug should be mentioned in clear font for the consumer to understand.
• List of the Active Ingredients
One of the important parameters to be followed when labelling Pharma products is mentioning the list of the active ingredients. The consumer should have an idea on what all are ingredients involved in the making of the Pharma drug
If applicable, it should be in the International Nonproprietary Names (INN). International Nonproprietary Names means the generic names which are unique but very much recognized globally. And the INN system is usually maintained by the World Health Organisation. It should show the amount of each ingredient present and declare other contents as well. (Like the number of dosage units, weight or volume)
• Batch Number assigned by the Manufacturer:
A batch number is a mark of recognition through which the drug can be found in the manufacture and even recognized in the distribution. It is usually assigned by the manufacturer of the drug.
In order to have a detailed knowledge regarding the drug, Batch Number should be mentioned at any cost on the label and be in clear font as well.
• Expiry Date in an Uncoded Form:
After seeing the name of the drug, the second thing which consumer looks for is the expiry date. Therefore, mentioning the expiry date is also one of the major parameters to be followed when labelling Pharma products.
The expiry date should usually be in an uncoded form. Uncoded form means which is subject to or set of rules or governed by a code. It is even significant that the consumer has a look at the expiry date before purchasing and consuming the Pharma drug as it may cause health-related problems.
• Any Special Storage Conditions or Handling Precautions:
One of the mandatory parameters to be followed when labelling Pharma products is mentioning the conditions. There are some medicines which should be kept away from direct sunlight, some in cool temperature, some in room temperatures, etc.
Directions for use, warnings and precautions must also be necessarily mentioned. Popular examples of directions for use, warnings on Pharma labels are “shake well before use, keep away from children”, etc.
• Name and Address of the Manufacturer:
Mentioning the name and address of the manufacturer is also one of the parameters to be followed when labelling Pharma products. The consumer has the right to know who is the manufacturer of the drug and where is it manufactured.
Complete address of the manufacturer should be mentioned. It includes Name of the manufacturer, address, street number, zip code.