How to Achieve Error-Free Coding on Pharmaceutical Packages

How to Achieve Error-Free Coding on Pharmaceutical Packages

Establishing good label management is important to achieve error-free coding on packages. Using the internet of things (IoT) methodology can help integrate automated coding solutions and automatically populate labels from a central database as well as help prevent mislabeled products.

Fremont, CA: Automated package coding solutions, along with code validation systems, play a big role in ensuring that pharmaceutical production lines are kept error-free as well as ensuring regulatory compliance. In 2018, over a million medical devices were recalled because of printing errors on packaging labels. An error in a stray label or Instructions for Use (IFU) can cause a device recall. Hence, pharmaceutical organizations need well-built processes to ensure error-free coding. This is necessary to achieve compliance and maintain high-speed output.

Here are three ways to achieve error-free coding on pharmaceutical packages:

Assess Risk

Top 10 eClinical Trial Management Solution Companies - 2020The first step is to assess the risks, and to do that it is necessary to conduct a thorough risk assessment. A testing strategy needs to be planned and supported with standardized documentation, and training protocols outlined. A GAMP V trained expert may know better what is required to achieve validation in a pharmaceutical production environment, including validating any additional systems’ integration, like enterprise resource planning (ERP) system or labeling, and can offer the validation pack to accompany this.

Establish Good Label or Code Management

Establishing good label management is important to achieve error-free coding on packages. Using the internet of things (IoT) methodology can help integrate automated coding solutions and automatically populate labels from a central database as well as help prevent mislabeled products. Integrated label management solutions can be a simple barcode scanner that is set to choose data from a Universal Product Code (UPC) or product order, through to complete integration with an existing manufacturing execution system (MES) or ERP system, which enables label creation straight from a centralized product database. Populated labels can be shoved through to a printer without manual help. This reduces the risk of errors and boosts efficiency on production lines.

Integrate Automated Vision Control

A validation system can help ensure that all information on product labels is present, correct, and readable. The need for fast manufacturing environments has made manual inspection nearly impossible. Integrated vision control systems need to be installed to validate a product label, and mitigate the risk of any product reaching a retailer with wrong information.

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