Hospital Pharmacy Labels: Don’t Forget the Patient Warnings!
Hospital Pharmacy Labels: Don’t Forget The Patient Warnings
Hospital pharmacies use a number of different marking materials to identify prescription medications and provide information to the patient. For example, a label is placed on the bottle or container used to house the prescription. It contains information such as the patient name, dosage, expiration date, and doctor name. Sometimes special directions are placed on the container to further help patients including:
- May Cause Drowsiness
- Shake Well Before Using
- Take With Food
- No Dairy Products
- Take With Plenty of Water
- Must Be Refrigerated
These additional instructions are a type of hospital pharmacy label often referred to as “Auxiliary” by product suppliers. Auxiliary labels serve the purpose of providing patients with supplementary information about the proper use and administration of a prescription drug. These hospital pharmacy labels typically cover warning, dietary, administration, or cautionary information.
Suppliers offer pre-printed auxiliary labels in sheets or rolls and also offer blanks for printing on site. The wrong supplier could easily supply labels with inaccurate information, which will be presented to the patient and could result in poor administration of their medicine. There are many benefits involved with using a provider who understands your needs and is able to deliver several options for minimal waste at the best cost.
Benefits of Using a Supplier for Your Auxiliary Labels
Hospital pharmacy labels must be accurate and durable to ensure each patient is able to reference them over continued administration of a subscription medication. If the information is printed on less durable materials, it might fade or smudge under certain conditions. This is not only dangerous for the patient, but also increases your costs. Poor materials reduce the shelf life of remaining stock making it less likely to keep labels around for continued use.
Another consideration is the spoken languages of your patients, as many languages have become common throughout the continent. It is not as easy to print these same hospital pharmacy labels in another language; however, suppliers offer of the same information in other languages, such as Spanish. Additional benefits offered by an experienced professional healthcare supplier are:
- Adherence to Labeling Standards
- Less Risk of Compliance Failure
- Durable, Long Lasting Auxiliary Labels
- Larger Variety of Pre-Printed Options
- Ability to Lower Costs & Waste
When you use a dependable supplier for these and other types of hospital pharmacy labels, you gain a one-stop shop for all your labeling needs. Additionally, you gain an experienced business partner who understands these needs and is able to help you with standard changes or custom labeling requirements. A dependable supplier will make certain the right labels are provided for informing your patients of any cautions or steps that should be taken when administering their medications.
Shamrock Labels has been a provider of hospital pharmacy labels since 1969 and has more than 40 years of product experience. We offer blanks for on site printing as well as a number of pre-printed auxiliary labels. Each type of auxiliary label is available in Spanish as well. Our team is here to help whether you need to order our pre-printed labels or need a more specific solution.