Injectable pharmaceuticals, such as vaccines, pose multiple challenging requirements for labeling. Vaccine labels must adhere securely to small diameter containers. They often have to withstand cold chain storage and labeling conditions, and fulfill regulatory obligations for product safety. Using a label which is not designed for vaccine temperature requirements can cause the label to become unreadable or peel off. This can lead to costly recalls or even compromise product safety.
Considerations for choosing vaccine label materials
Small diameter containers require special materials and adhesives that prevent the label from edge lifting and peeling off. The right label material will:
- adhere well even to moist and cold surfaces,
- ensure legible printing,
- remain securely intact after harsh storage and handling, and
- not absorb moisture or tear, even after thawing.
Equally as important with cold chain vaccine solutions are the secondary packaging labels. For example, logistics packaging made from cardboard or plastic.
Vaccine packaging materials require thorough testing to ensure product safety. Thus, the importance of pre-tested materials with a change management protocol is a final key consideration when choosing a vaccine label solution.
Find the best solution for your labeling needs
At UPM Raflatac, we offer:
- Pharmaceutical labeling materials that withstand required cold chain conditions and minimizes the risks for any labeling issues throughout the entire supply chain
- Pre-tested (following FINAT test method FTM24) pharmaceutical labeling materials with robust change management service that guarantees long-term availability of materials
- A comprehensive specification guide that helps you find the best solution for your labeling needs