medicine labels

Pharmaceutical Labels

Medicine Labels

Medicine Labels have strict control measures. The UK Government stipulates that healthcare professionals, patients and anyone dispensing medicines must be, at any time be able to identify medicine by the label attached to its container.

If a product is a controlled drug, this needs to be printed clearly on the label. For more legislative information on this, visit the Government website by clicking here.

Ultimately, a medicine label gives clear and important information about the medicine, how to take it, when to take it, and why the consumer would need to seek support from a medical professional.

For example, a painkiller tablet bottle or box will be labelled explaining what the consumer should be taking when they are in pain. It will suggest a dose of 2 tablets, every 4-hours, and what to do if symptoms worsen or continue for an extended time. The use-by date will be clearly displayed along with the product name and manufacturer contact details. Whilst all medicines are usually accompanied with a pamphlet with all of the information about the medicine, what it’s for and it’s intended use, this may be misplaced with the packaging and under current UK/EU legislation, so a label is fixed to the bottle.

The following information MUST be present on a medicine label:

  • The name of the medicine
  • Name and contact details of the dispenser, for example, doctor or pharmacy
  • Use by date
  • The Dose/strength
  • Instruction on how to administer the medicine
  • Any relevant warnings

All labels must be easy to read in a good size font.

Technical Specifications

Medicine labels can be manufactured in the following materials:

  • White Polypropylene (PP)
  • Silver Polypropylene (PP)
  • Clear Polypropylene (PP)
  • White Polyethylene (PE)
  • Matt Paper
  • Semi-gloss paper

Polypropylene (PP) has more flexibility and durability than paper. Both material types can be varnished or laminated depending on its intended use.

If you need your labels on rolls or cut on single sheets, that can also be delivered. Just let our sales team know!

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Medicine Labels FAQ's

Yes! Speak to one of our team who can talk you through the best options depending on your medicine packaging type.

Depending on your material, finish and print method this might be possible.  Speak to our sales team who can best advise.

This helps with traceability. If there’s ever a product recall limited to a specific batch, rather than recall every product on the shelf, it means that retailers can narrow down the disruption to supply.

At CS we regularly print brail jobs for large healthcare brands who include brail on their labels. Your label may require additional tooling for high-build screen varnishes to create the brail, but speak to our sales team who can explain this in more detail.

Of course! It all comes down to your design. If you want one label to be printed with a red background with black text and another to be a white background with blue wording, it’s as easy as sending us your artwork files and we print to what you’ve sent us!

Always seek guidance on keeping your medicine label compliant. If you’re struggling for space, why not consider a multi-later peel and reveal label. This way you don’t have to compromise! If you look at other medicine brands, you’ll notice that they’re an incredibly popular choice.