When we think of patient-physician communication, we may think of face-to-face interactions. But one of the most crucial methods of patient communication is the pharmacy label. Right now, when people across the U.S. are highly focused on health and wellbeing as we battle the Coronavirus pandemic, communication—especially medical and pharmaceutical directions—is vital.
Every day, patients read their prescription labels before they take medication. If there’s a question about when or how to take a drug, they check the label. All that information is right there at a glance, keeping them safe and healthy.
At T&L Graphics, we know the importance of labels for the medical and pharmaceutical industries. Pharmacy labels and medical labels keep patients well-informed. They offer instructions, details, and warnings to prevent missteps and mistakes. Our labels are the highest quality—made to stick around and stay put. When you rely on pharmacy labels, T&L has you covered.
Here are 5 features of pharmacy labels that keep patients safe.
1. Universal Symbols and Messages
Using universal symbols, colors, and messages, pharmacy labels quickly convey information using a visual marker. For example, medications that shouldn’t be taken with alcohol, before driving, or on an empty stomach require a warning.
Auxiliary pharmacy labels include these essential instructions using bright, noticeable colors and clear, universal symbols. These indicators ensure that patients don’t miss messages and make mistakes when they’re taking medicine. These pharmacy labels also convey clear signals to the pharmacy staff, who may need to counsel patients on proper dosing instructions. Eliminate mistakes with clear, concise, noticeable labels.
2. Resistant to Wear and Tear
A label is only as good as its durability. After all, a missing label is no good for anyone. Fortunately, our labels are made to resist wear and tear. Pharmacy labels are often frequently handled—typically daily—so they must be clear and easy-to-read.
In a busy pharmacy or practitioners' office, the staff doesn't have time to struggle with a label that's hard to dispense and won't stay put. Our labels are available in easy-to-use rolls that allow one-handed placement. This simple measure helps to make dispensing medication easier and safer. Smudge-proof lamination and specialty coatings are available to ensure your labels will withstand handling as well as the test of time.
3. Options for Harsh Conditions
Our pharmacy labels are fade-resistant and designed to stay in place, even with heavy use. Pharmacy labels are often exposed to harsh conditions, from heat and moisture to cold and chemical treatments. We offer heat and chemical-resistant coatings to ensure the message on your pharmacy labels stays clear.
Using special adhesives and label protection such as UV light-cured coatings, our labels are ideal for all aspects of pharmaceutical use from infusion therapies to refrigerated medications. We offer labels designed for the clinical setting as well, made to stand up to cryogenics, the heat of the autoclave, and chemical baths.
4. Barcoding and Thermal Printing Choices
Barcoding offers a clear way to organize and track information using a simple labeling system. We provide consecutive barcoding and scannable labels to protect patient privacy and help you keep track of items throughout every step of treatment.
Thermal printing provides an easy, clear way to track the movement of pharmaceuticals, specimens, and other items. Thermal printer compatible labels allow you to customize information, convey patient instructions, and provide directions. These labels guide patients on dosing and use, keeping them informed and safe.
5. Drug Class Color-Coding
With a glance, pharmacists can see the dispensing class of certain medications and other crucial information. Standard color-coded systems help you keep track of drug-class type, so you can quickly glean the information you need and stay aware of any restrictions or contraindications.
When you're in charge of the health and wellbeing of pharmaceutical patients, labels play a vital role in the process. Color-coded, straightforward, easy-to-apply labels are an essential tool to help you communicate clearly to patients and staff.
T&L Graphics wants to convey our appreciation to the frontline and healthcare workers keeping us safe during this time. We're proud to serve the pharmaceutical and medical industry with labels you can rely on in any situation. Contact us to help with all your pharmacy label needs.