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Labelling Committee Moots Country Wise Code For Drug Exports

The sub committee for labeling of drugs set up by DCGI is considering to incorporate a country wise code number on the labels of exporting products to ensure quality compliance and perfection in each consignment. The coding system will ensure proper delivery of consignment to the appropriate nation, for which the quality requirements of the product are to be met.

The sub committee has also stipulated other issues related to labeling of drugs for exports, including the list of documents to be enclosed with the product to clarify quality and mandating the No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the manufacturers in the package to curb exporting of counterfeit products to overseas market, added sources related to the development.

The first meeting of the sub committee held at Maharashtra FDA office in February 15, 2007. The meeting was faced by the exporter and the authority in exports of drugs to various nations. The sub committee is constituted to look into methods to improve the current labeling system considering the issues in overseas and domestic markets. The objective includes verifying whether the current labeling process is sufficient to meet the quality requirements of the destination region, how to make the labeling simple and effective and the major domestic issues including the introduction of bilingual labeling.

"We will soon invite the opinion and suggestions of the industry associations including Indian Drug Manufacturers Association on the bilingual labeling issue. The body will have more discussions on the issues in the second meeting, planned to conduct by March, this year," a member from the sub committee told Pharmabiz.

(Ref : Chronicle Pharmabiz dated February 22, 2007)

Kitten To Market Timestrip’s Smart Label Technology In India

The Mumbai based Kitten Enterprises Private Ltd., a global sourcing agent of critical products for critical applications, is in discussion with the UK based Timestrip Ltd. to market the latter’s unique smart label technology, Timestrips®, in the Indian market.

Timestrip are a single-use, disposable smart-labels, which automatically monitor lapsed time, ranging from under 1 day to 12 months. The technology behind the revolutionary Timestrip works by capillary action, allowing tinted liquid to migrate through a micro-porous material at a consistent rate.

Talking to Pharmabiz, Madhav Parekh, managing director, Kitten Enterprises Pvt. Ltd., said "Discussions with the Timestrips to market its smart label technology are under progress and a formal agreement is expected to reach soon. The product will help the consumers to identify the expiry date of pharma products. It is a unique smart label that automatically monitors elapsed time and can work under a wide variety of conditions, from ambient environments to fridge, freezer and extremely high temperatures."

The technology can work in applied label format as well as being integrated into products or packaging. The accuracy of the labels is unaffected by the repositioning of the blister and the development applies to all labels across the range. The tie-up with Timestrip will help to strengthen the domestic company’s base in the UK, he added.

Commenting on the entry into the Indian market, Tristan Allen, business development director, Timestrip, stated that Timestrip is developing a working relationship with Kitten on a distribution arrangement. Timestrip and Kitten are working towards a firm agreement, through which Kitten would help Timestrip technology to reach a wider audience and potential users.

The Timestrip smart labels are already used in professional kitchens across the world and the inexpensive and easy to use Timestrips are setting a new standard in product labeling on perishable goods, sources said.

(Ref : Chronicle Pharmabiz dated February 22, 2007)


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