Rationale

An electronic label, or eLabel, is the provision of a complete investigational medicinal product (IMP) label on an electronic device while still utilizing some type of single panel label on the physical packaging. A simplified physical label would contain minimal information in a single language and/or symbols that are language neutral for identification and traceability purposes.

Currently the booklet labels used on IMP are static, require long lead times to develop, are costly and may not include helpful information for the patient. They offer little utility for the sites and merely fulfill regulatory requirements. The directions are commonly written as “use as directed” so no specific administration directions are included. The letters can be as small as 4 pt. font, which makes the labels difficult to read. Overall, the current booklet process increases timelines and cost for development, which drives up the cost of developing new medicines and may delay patients from receiving their clinical trial material.

The TransCelerate eLabels initiative will help the industry progress on the journey to digitally supported, patient-centric clinical supply chains. The main output is not an eLabeling system, specifications or a standard, but an implementation toolkit to facilitate voluntary, modular adoption of eLabeling and to assist in Health Authority engagement.

Benefits

Benefits for Patients

  • Increases efficiency in clinical development allowing for patients to receive medicines faster
  • Increases patient safety
  • Enhanced utility of clinical labels and potential for better compliance, e.g.:
    • Dosing videos
    • Supplements to communication
    • Improved usability (e.g. larger font size)

Benefits for Sites

  • Rapid access to up-to-date information
  • Greater efficiencies in Labeling approaches
  • Lays a future foundation for engaging with the patient about their medication

Benefits for Regulators

  • Decreases potential for deviations during extension re-stickering: e.g.: sterility, tamper evident seal, product mix-up, time out of environment
  • Ensures latest information available for patients
  • Ties into broader digital and innovation strategies

Benefits for Sponsors

  • Increases operational efficiencies in creation of label
  • Allows for additional pooling strategies which decreases waste
  • Decreases reaction time to study changes
  • Increases options for significant value-adds such as adherence programs, patient analytics, patient education

Available Assets

A toolkit to facilitate the voluntary, modular adoption of e-labeling and assist in Health Authority engagement is currently being developed. In the meantime, click to see our current Initiative assets.

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