Prescription drugs or over the counter medicines (OTC) all require an expiry date to ensure they are not used when they are ineffective and no longer safe to consume. Furthermore, the product’s potency or efficacy may also be affected when exposed to temperatures above those recommended by the drug producer.
Whilst determination of the life cycle of a drug at given storage conditions remains the responsibility of the drug producer, the Oli-Tec™ label is manufactured to exactly match those degradation profiles.
The Oli-Tec™ label is a time and temperature indicator that allows manufacturers, processors, pharmacists, retailers and consumers of temperature sensitive drugs to track the cumulative temperature exposure and indicate the state of efficacy to the consumer by means of a universally recognised traffic light system.
The Oli-Tec™ time and temperature indicator label determines when it is necessary to change the colour of the traffic light from green, to red. The label presents an easy to understand, visual signal that highlights drugs which may no longer be effective, and should not be consumed. The indicator label technology can be adapted at our facilites to allow the change of the viewing window to turn from green direct to red omitting amber if so wished.
When applied to primary packaging, and depending upon the product and packaging, the Oli-Tec™ label can be activated by the pharmacist at the point of dispensing or sale, or automatically upon opening by the consumer.