How medicine packs get made

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How medicine packs get made

Labelling and packaging of medicines depend on their readability and accuracy. The information presented on the medicine packs must be transparent and clear. Here is some facts about how medicine packs are made and labelled.

Formatting and style

The information on the packs must be presented legibly and easily understood by the user. The style is another important feature which includes critical items that are located in the pack. No logo or text should be broken and if there are graphics appearing on the packaging, they must be placed on the front face of the labelling.

What the law says

The legislation requires the name of the drug to be shown clearly in Braille on the front of the packaging. Braille is the format used for partially sighted or blind patients. If the medicine contains more than one active ingredient, the names should be included on the pack. A list of cautions will need to appear on the labelling in accordance with the UK medicine principles. You can read more about the legislation on how medicine packs are labelled and packaged by visiting this website.

An innovative pack design can incorporate the use of colourful text or graphics to ensure accurate identification of the drug. The patient should be able to instantly recognise a particular pack design and distinguish its features compared to other medicine packs.

Blister packs

Where a strip or blister pack is included in a container, the name and strength of the medicine should therefore at the centre of the pack. In the event that it is not possible to include all the information over the blister pocket, the legislation will allow a random display of info to appear across the pack. It will also be acceptable to place the batch number and expiry date at the end of the strip. All in all, this information should be printed clearly using a large font to ensure maximum legibility.