COVID-19 Global Impacts on Patient Safety

Patient safety during clinical drug administering remains the most important aspect to the clinical trial industry, especially during a global pandemic that has targeted the older generation and individuals suffering from preexisting conditions or immune deficiencies. 

When Labeling Goes Bad: The Case of the Opposite Hands

Everything was running smoothly in the run-up to launching the new drug formulation.  Development of the drug finished ahead of schedule; regulatory requirements had been met; and intellectual property rights secured. Next up were the all-important clinical trials to demonstrate the efficacy of the drug.

Evolution of Clinical Trial Labels

Clinical Trial labels have evolved over time to accommodate changing clinical trial material (CTM) containers, as well as packaging and storage environments. Today’s manufacturing equipment has also opened new opportunities for complex label designs. Regulatory agencies around the world each have their own ideas around what needs to be included on a label, or what parts of the packaging need to be labeled.

Cold Chain Labeling

The study and engineering of healthcare remedies began long before the mid 1800’s, but it’s around that time organic compounds like morphine became available commercially as a source of pain relief. The first rudimentary clinical trials occurred during the 1500’s, but it wasn’t until 1943 in the UK when the first double blind, regulated clinical trial took place. Since then, discoveries and breakthroughs in drug remedies have been occurring more frequently, and with greater complexity when it comes to molecular structure.

Labeling Terminology 101

Our customers have told us that label terminology can be confusing. In an effort to make things easier for our customers, we have put together a glossary of some of the most common terms that we use on a daily basis.


ADHESIVE: Located between the face stock and liner, adhered to the back of the face, the adhesive bonds the face to the product with varying degrees of permanence.

APPLICATION TEMPERATURE: The temperature of the product the label material is applied to at the time it is applied.

BLEED: Printing that goes beyond the trim edge to ensure complete coverage of ink.

Why Isn’t This Sticking?

So far, retirement has been everything I have hoped including some trips, some paddling, chasing deer, a bit of volunteer work, and adult beverages whenever the urge strikes. I do have to suck it up and put in about three days a month working in the sticker business, a schedule I kick myself for not implementing years ago.