E-labelling provides patients and healthcare professionals with up-to-date product and safety information. Schlafender Hase’s Dr. Jutta M. Hohenhörst discusses the benefits of e-labelling for the medical device sector and provides some practical tips for getting ahead with processes, procedures and solutions that deliver efficiencies across today’s labelling landscape, and add value for patients.
In the consumer world, it’s now common practice to access product information online. For detailed instructions or information about manufacturing practices, safety advice and so on, users can scan a QR code or go to a web address. This will take them to the latest details, in an easily digestible format – often including audio and video options now, for maximum accessibility.
As the medical device sector continues to rapidly evolve, it is becoming increasingly important to ensure that patients and healthcare professionals have access to up-to-date product and safety information. E-labelling provides a convenient way to share important information. Here, Schlafender Hase’s Peter Muller explores the advantages of e-labelling for the medical device sector, as well as providing some practical tips for getting ahead with the processes, procedures and solutions necessary for a successful transition to e-labelling.
E-labelling offers patients and healthcare professionals the convenience of always having up-to-date information on their products, such as the latest safety updates. It also provides regulators with greater oversight and assurance that manufacturers are providing accurate and timely information. Dr. Jutta M. Hohenhörst, from Schlafender Hase, explores the benefits of e-labelling for the medical device sector and provides some practical tips for getting ahead with processes, procedures and solutions that deliver efficiencies and add value for patients.
New directives and guidance aim to connect patients, physicians and other stakeholders across the healthcare ecosystem with a consistently up-to-date information source for product and safety information that isn’t dependent on paper. Schlafender Hase’s Peter Muller explores the promise of e-labeling and practical next steps required to deliver on these directives.
By allowing medical device suppliers to provide up-to-date, reliable product and safety information in a secure and accessible format, e-labelling has the potential to revolutionise how medical professionals and patients access and manage information. In this article, Peter Muller of Schlafender Hase examines the potential of e-labelling and recommends practical steps to secure the benefits of e-labelling.
As they try to plug the gaps, and hang on to the qualified and experienced experts they already have, life sciences companies need to be clever about how they support those people to make best use of the time, and how they alleviate the aspects of their job which add the least value professionally yet cannot be skimped on.
With the steely eyes of the regulators firmly trained on everything that life sciences organisations do, the last thing firms want is to incur fines, market delays or worse because of overlooked mistakes in labelling and product information. Yet incidences of labelling issues and associated product recalls are rising sharply, now accounting for over 50% of all recalls according to the FDA. The conditions are rife for the trend to continue, due to growing complexity in life sciences firms’ operations and external market requirements.
“Pharma labels are not just important for patients to learn about the specific formulations of a product, but also serve to identify, protect, and inform the patient on how to use them safely, and effectively,” says Regional Sales Director of Schlafender Hase, Marc Chaillou. At this juncture, one of the key challenges for pharma companies is aligning drug prescription instructions with regulatory requirements and additional language translations for a label.
In this age of automation, it seems astounding that some fundamental tasks such as packaging and labelling quality checks are still handled manually to at least some degree. Yet this is the case even among some of the biggest pharmaceutical brands. That’s despite the high regulatory standards designed to protect patients, and the reputational risks and steep costs if errors slip through the net.