Germany-based healthcare labeling specialist Schreiner MediPharm has introduced new versions of two popular products, Pharma-Tac hanger label and Autoinjector-label, which can now be produced using environmentally friendly materials.

The new label concepts are based on existing items in Schreiner MediPharm’s roster of functional labeling ranges. Customers can now choose a more sustainable version of the Pharma-Tac label for infusion bottles with integrated hanger and removable documentation parts. An eco-friendlier version of Schreiner MediPharm’s Autoinjector-Label is also available, featuring its popular anti-slip functionality. For both products, the company utilized film materials that are either recycled or produced from renewable raw materials.

To demonstrate that the more sustainable materials perform as well and reliably as conventional substrates, the in-house R&D team conducted a series of extensive tests. For example, the Pharma-Tac label was subjected to load and gravitational trials and both the hanger label and Autoinjector-label underwent testing for adhesion, ink adhesion, print durability and laser marking viability.

In addition, a Product Carbon Footprint (PFC) was calculated for each of the new sustainable label concepts. This calculation considers the CO2 emissions of a product from raw materials through manufacturing to delivery – referred to as ‘cradle-to-gate’ analysis – as well as end-of-life scenarios, or so-called ‘cradle-to-grave’ impact.

Based on the findings and using the materials that have been qualified, Schreiner MediPharm can design and develop customized products that can contribute to a more sustainable pharma supply chain.

‘The healthcare industry faces steeper challenges to sustainability than the vast majority of other sectors since the safety of patients and efficacy of drugs must take priority on a more mission-critical scale,’ said Gene Dul, president of Schreiner MediPharm US. ‘The sustainability-minded labels we’ll be showing at Pack Expo exemplify our commitment to reducing the environmental impact without sacrificing patient-centricity in the slightest. It’s an important step toward a more circular healthcare economy.’

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