Product labeling can be critical when choosing the right pharmaceutical products. In particular, compounded sterile products should be easily identifiable and there should be no question about the contents of the container. When choosing a compounding pharmacy, product labeling is one criteria that is often overlooked. Is the drug’s name and strength, administration route, storage conditions, multiple dose vs. single use, beyond use date (BUD), also known as the expiration date, and lot number readily available and easy to read? Is there additional verbiage to indicate how the product should be stored such as “protect from light”, or if the product is hazardous.
The photo at right was taken by a consultant pharmacist and used as an example of how products should be labeled. It is important to understand that staff receiving products at your facility may not know everything they need to know about the drugs. Proper labeling will indicate what to do with the product and how to handle it. Of particular concern are products that have similar or sound-alike names. Special fonts, coloring or TALL Man lettering should be used to differentiate such products. Other differentiators include different color aluminum crimps and bold or italics in the print.
Good product labeling practices will help your facility avoid costly mistakes and will help you better serve your patients.