Every pharmaceutical product has an expiry date, and a shorter date once opened or ‘made up’. But it can be difficult to monitor (and therefore act on) 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 stock are that the product can be ineffective, or even harmful, or there could be a risk of contamination. Stock control can be an arduous task that takes time to make sure the correct stock is available when it is required, at the same time that out of date stock is discarded, whilst also trying to reduce waste and costs.
Luckily there is a solution.
The UWI Solution
Working alongside current processes, the UWI Label offers an innovative and accurate solution. This smart label allows you to determine at a glance whether products are still safe, or need to be replaced.
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
- Clearest display– understood at a glance and from a few meters distance, the UWI label has one of the clearest displays of any time indicator label. 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. So when the UWI Label is green, you can be really confident a product is safe to use.
- Removes human error – automatically activated when the label is attached, no need to remember to activate the label, no problems with reading the date label, you can spot a date expiry at a glance.
- 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 Label to reduce risk.
- 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, and less waste equals less cost.
- Improves patient comfort – from effective treatment and less need to repeat treatment and shorter hospital stay.