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Survey reveals importance of standardised label mgmt in pharma

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The survey mentioned the need for a single, centralised platform for label design, change control, printing, integration and management to overcome the challenges

A recent survey on the state of label management in the pharmaceutical industry was recently undertaken by Slovenia-based NiceLabel, a leading global developer of label and marking productivity, software solutions, in cooperation with pharma manufacturers. The survey revealed the challenges facing pharma manufacturers as they try to produce accurate, compliant labels, and highlights the increasing importance of a single, integrated label management system.

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The survey of a hundred key decision makers involved in the selection and purchase of label management systems in the pharma and biopharma industries uncovered the key challenges facing pharm manufacturers. Document control, integrating label management systems with ERP/MES and other systems, web printing and scalability have been identified as the most common challenges in an increasingly complex and fragmented production environment that often involves managing multiple products, locations and markets.

One of the overarching themes emerging from the survey was the need for a single, centralised platform for label design, change control, printing, integration and management to overcome the challenges.

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“Only 14 per cent of those surveyed have achieved 100 per cent integration with their MES/ERP system. Over 34 per cent are still using separate systems to manage their labelling and marking printers. Having disconnected systems makes it extremely difficult to update and maintain label databases, and it means pharma manufacturers are missing out on the productivity and quality gains that can come from a fully-integrated label management solution. Ultimately it comes down to the safety of their customers, who can be adversely impacted by inaccurate label information. This is just one of the major risks that a modern label management system can help mitigate,” states Ken Moir, Vice President of Marketing, NiceLabel.

The survey also revealed that compliance with upcoming regulations is top-of-mind for pharma manufacturers. 80 per cent of respondents listed compliance as the number one driver when selecting a label management software. And over 60 per cent of those surveyed stated that familiarity with the pharma industry and its compliance requirements is the most important factor when selecting a new labelling system provider.

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