EPS Inc (Ivyland, PA), in conjunction with hospital pharmacists and nurses, has developed 4 new High Alert Piggyback Labels. The labels were designed to help practitioners call attention to medication requiring special handling, both in the pharmacy and directly at the patient's bedside. Each High Alert Piggyback Label (one for heparin, insulin, epidural, and chemotherapy medications) measures 1½ in x 3 in. The overall label contains a large, brightly colored, ½ in x 2½ in high alert label as well as 2 smaller 3/16 in x 2½ in intravenous (IV) linetracing labels identifying the medication. In order to ensure safety, the pharmacy places the overall 1½ in x 3 in label on the IV infusion container or its overwrapped packaging. The High Alert Piggyback Label also can be peeled from the larger label and placed directly on the IV medication. When the medication is sent to the nursing station, the IV nurse peels the 2 piggyback IV line-tracing labels and places them directly on the IV tubing. One label is placed on top of the line and the other at the bottom. This facilitates easy line traces, improves accuracy, and minimizes IV line confusion. For more information, visit www.medidose.com, or call 800-523-8966.
APP Pharmaceuticals Inc (Schaumburg, IL) recently launched enhanced labeling for its line of Heparin Sodium Injection, USP. The labels and cap colors for APP's heparin have incorporated clearly differentiating color combinations since the company began marketing the product in 1998. The new labeling represents further enhancements to help differentiate Heparin Sodium Injection from other heparin products. Heparin Sodium Injection, USP labels feature simplified upright text and increased focus on a horizontal read of information; bolded and increased font size by approximately 200% for each strength; more vibrant cap and label colors for each strength; notations of total unit strength per mL and total volume; and bar codes at the individual unit-of-use. For more information, visit www.APPpharma.com, or call 888-386-1300.
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