Serialization Mistake #1: Printing On Your Outsert

There are lots of mistakes a company can make when designing their solution to comply with pharma serialization and tracing regulations.  One of these is to print the unique identifier on the outsert attached to their packaging.  An “outsert” is a tightly folded piece of paper that contains very detailed prescribing information intended to inform

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3 thoughts on “Serialization Mistake #1: Printing On Your Outsert”

  1. Hi Dirk,
    Only caveat to this would be in using a “line code” or “helper code”. I know you know this, but some of your readers may not. This would be a unique code, tied electronically to the unique identifier on the carton or primarily the bottle. This code is only used in aggregation and does not follow the package past the packaging line.
    In that case a unique code on the outsert or topsert could have a benefit.
    If that outsert or topsert would be removed later in the supply chain, that code would not be missed, as it has already served its usefulness, in the packaging line only.

    L Brown

    1. Lee,
      Well said. You are exactly right, and believe it or not, I had intended to mention that but ran out of time when writing last night! Thanks for the clarification.

      Dirk.

  2. Hello Dirk,
    If someone wants to print a helper code or other types of trace code on an affixed topsert or outsert, and wants to verify the accuracy of the print with a camera system, what kind of solution would be best to counteract the incorrect focus of the camera caused by variation of thickness of topserts/outserts or glue thickness. These variation can have the topsert/outsert closer or farther from the camera lens causing false rejection on line.
    Thanks for your time.
    Stephane Huibers

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