Four Critical Considerations for Choosing Medication Label Forms

Label forms are some of the most commonly used pharmacy products, and it is easy to see why. The meat and potatoes of a pharmacy’s business is dispensing prescription medications — a practice that inevitably requires prescription bottles to feature dosage directions, the name of the prescribing physician, pharmacy contact information, etc. In most cases, these diverse forms of information can be contained on a single label form that is applied to the pill bottle.

Essential Considerations
As ubiquitous as label forms are in the pharmacy industry, it’s important to mention that not all label forms deliver the same results. Some labels are designed to meet a specific set of needs. If those needs are not your pharmacy’s, avoid buying the product, and invest in a different one that meets your unique requirements. If you are not quite sure of what your requirements are, the four considerations below can help you determine what you need from prescription label forms.

  1. Medication Storage Temperature

The temperature at which medication is stored — both at the pharmacy and after the patient takes the prescription home — can impact the integrity of the label form. Because most label forms are designed to be stored at room temperature, it’s a good idea to consult with a supplier of pharmacy labels if you carry a medication that must be stored at unusual temperatures.

  1. Adhesive Strength of Labels

Label forms come in several grades of adhesive strength, with the option of choice primarily depending on how pharmacy customers receive prescriptions. For example, a prescription that is dispensed at six-month intervals instead of monthly may need a label that has exceptionally strong adhesive, as the customer will be handling the bottle for an extended period of time.

  1. Pharmacy Label Printing System

It is also important choose label forms that are designed to use with your pharmacy’s label printing system. For example, if your pharmacy uses a dot matrix printing system, it should order labels that are designed for dot matrix printers. The same goes for other types of label printing systems, such as ones that use digital printers, inkjet printers, and LED printers, among others.

  1. Type of Ink Applied to Labels

Another consideration for choosing label forms pertains to the ink that is used to print information on them. For example, if your pharmacy use indelible ink that will not streak or run when it is exposed to moisture, choose a label product that is designed to display the colorants, binders, additives, and carrier substances in indelible ink. The same applies for other types of ink.

Need Quality Label Forms?
If your pharmacy needs quality label forms for pill bottles or other pharmacy-related products, Drug Package is here to meet your needs. We are a veteran-owned supplier of ready-made and custom packaging and labeling solutions for pharmacies, physicians, hospitals, and nearly any type of entity in the healthcare industry that has medication packaging and/or labeling needs.

For more information about our label forms and other high-quality products, call us at (800) 325-6137, or request a quote here, today. We look forward to assisting your pharmacy!