Every pharmaceutical product has an expiration date and a shorter date once opened or ‘made up’. However, it can be difficult to monitor (and therefore act upon) the sheer volume of ‘use within’ times for every product, simply and effectively. Some dates may be hand written so can smudge or be illegible.
The consequences of using expired pharmaceuticals are that the product can be ineffective, harmful or there could even be a risk of contamination. Stock control can be an arduous task. It takes time to make sure the correct stock is available when required. At the same time, out of date stock must be discarded, with the overall aim of improving efficiency.
The UWI Solution
Working alongside current processes, the UWI Timer offers an innovative and accurate solution. This visual timer allows you to determine at a glance whether products are still safe or need to be replaced.
|Clearest display||Understood at a glance and from a few meters distance, the UWI Timer has the clearest display of any time indicator. Universal colour code: green is good, red is bad.|
|Tailor made||Various elements are customized to suit: artwork, label size, timeframe, etc. As a small company, our advantage stems from our flexibility, speed and tight control over the entire process from design to manufacture.|
|Unique technology||Many years of rigorous scientific and technical development have refined our unique microfluidic technology. When the UWI Timer is green, you can be really confident a product is safe to use.|
|Removes human error||Automatically activated when the timer is attached, meaning there is no need to remember to activate the timer and no problems with reading the date label. You can spot a date expiry at a glance.|
|Reduces risk||Reduces risk of using ineffective, harmful or contaminated products by enhancing the current processes, not replacing them. A date label is used in tandem with the UWI Timer to reduce risk.|
|Reduces waste||Reduces waste as you do not discard good and effective products. It improves stock management and ensures products are used at their best quality.|
|Reduces costs||Makes it easier to see which products need used before they go out of date. Less waste equals less cost.|
|Improves patient care||Improves patient care due to more effective treatment, meaning there is less need to potentially repeat treatment resulting in shorter hospital stays.|
Ideal for products such as:
- IV fluids
- Antibiotics, insulin and live vaccines
- Products ‘manufactured’ in the pharmacy
- Emergency drug boxes for wards or ambulances
- Creams, ointments and other topical treatments
- Products purchased in bulk and decanted into smaller containers
- Eye drops and other products with a high risk of contamination once opened
- Enteral feeding products that may be opened and used for more than one feed