A Deep Dive into Enterprise Pharma’s Content Efficiency Problem

Date: August, 2022 | CategoryQuality Author: Hana Trokic


Highly Regulated Products and Services 

By definition, pharmaceutical regulations are the combinations of legal, administrative, and technical measures that governments take to ensure the safety, efficacy, and quality of medicines, as well as the relevance and accuracy of product information.

Regardless of the quality control agency, organization, or administration, there is a constant among them all; their main task is to ensure the utmost quality, safety, and efficacy of the drugs that make it to market, along with the accuracy of their product information.

With enterprise pharma being one of the most highly regulated and monitored global industries, this is no simple task. The risks are far too high as the consequence of pharmaceutical errors can lead to large recalls or worst-case scenarios such as potential life loss. They can also lead to a negative brand image and reputation, which is particularly harmful to pharma companies that rely on customer loyalty as a central selling point of their highly specialized products.  

Practices and workflows must also be extremely efficient with the slightest possibility of error. The seemingly simple mistake of a typo, an added or removed letter, number, or hyphen can have catastrophic consequences not just for the company but for consumers as well. Ultimately, drug regulations mainly focus on ensuring product safety, but who guarantees the quality and accuracy of the content and artwork?

Enterprise Pharma’s Content Efficiency Problem

In such a highly regulated industry, it would be assumed that efficient and streamlined workflows are already in place to ensure that the content behind every product is accurate and error-free. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. 

Errors in pharmaceutical packaging, labeling, and product descriptions are still regular occurrences that cause detrimental consequences, from consumers’ well-being to the integrity of the products and company. In fact, it’s estimated that 50 percent of all pharmaceutical recalls are related to errors in labeling or packing artwork.

What’s more, they are much more frequent than one would imagine, as clinically important drug recalls occur approximately once per month in the United States. For perspective on just how significant these financial impacts can be, Johnson and Johnson lost roughly $600 million in sales after closing a distribution site due to a recall. Another infamous recall occurred in 2012 when Pfizer recalled approximately 1 million packs of birth control pills due to incorrect packaging. 

Overall, the noted top recall causes in pharma are due to incorrect labeling, defective products, and incorrect potency. Common mistakes in packaging and labeling are necessary information missing from artwork, content errors, and technical errors such as flawed barcodes, while these errors in documentation, print, and packaging can result in a multitude of problems.

To avoid recalls caused by content errors, companies must inspect the artwork at every step of production, ensuring the accuracy of the text, labels, design, braille content, and barcodes. Innovations in automation now allow pharmaceutical companies to implement all-in-one quality control platforms that check text, spelling, artwork, graphics, braille, and barcodes at every stage of production.

Automation as a Solution 

Bringing a pharmaceutical product to market is one of the most complex and highly sophisticated processes in business globally. However, one major piece is broken – the documentation proofreading process.

Many large global corporations have yet to implement efficient and effective workflows that allow them to proofread content in record time with complete accuracy. They still heavily rely on manual and labor-intensive proofreading processes that are prone to costly mistakes. Taking hours, days, or even weeks to check a single document is not a probable solution for large corporations producing and distributing millions, if not billions, of products daily. These inefficiencies in workflows allow for the massive potential for these processes to be optimized and streamlined.

The solution, thankfully, is simple, and it lies in using automated quality control to look over all content and artwork with complete ease, at lightning speed, and with increased productivity and accuracy.  

To keep up with increasing global consumer demands, pharmaceutical companies are creating almost immeasurable amounts of products, each with its own packaging, labeling, and written instructions. All of this content needs to be meticulously overlooked, carefully checked and proofread to ensure that the final product is entirely error-free. Manually proofreading these neverending amounts of content is simply not an efficient solution for organizations that must keep up with growing demands.  

 Automated proofreading software offers a foolproof solution to ensure all this generated content is checked and proofread to perfection. This advancement in proofreading processes eliminates the need for manual document inspections and leaves it up to technology. The software conducts digital checks looking for discrepancies in text, spelling, graphics, color, and more. While this could be done manually, the software finishes proofreading processes in a fraction of the time and ensures that your work is 100% accurate before going to print, avoiding the need for multiple inspections downstream. 

Automation ultimately increases productivity and workflow efficiency and offers endless benefits unmatched by manual inspections. Not only does automated proofreading software help ease the proofreading process, it simply makes proofreading better, optimizing workflow processes and allowing for the completion of proofreading tasks with complete and utter ease. 

Try it Out for Yourself 

While traditionally, manual inspections were the only method used to proofread content, modern-day technology has allowed for faster and more efficient solutions to get the job done right. With endless benefits and countless advantages to any enterprise pharma team’s workflow, automated quality control is the leading solution for pharmaceutical companies that deal with sensitive and highly regulated documentation in an extremely high-risk industry.

Don’t let your organization fall behind by using outdated methods. Make the switch today and turn to modern, innovative solutions to keep your workflows efficient, accurate, and error-free. Start reaping all the benefits of GlobalVision’s automated solutions and solve your content efficiency problems today.


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Date: July, 2022 | CategoryCustomers Author: Gabriella Naguib


For over 20 years, GlobalVision has been helping Johnson & Johnson teams globally through the power of automation technology. Enabling automated quality checks throughout their packaging workflows is the backbone that has made this partnership so fruitful and successful. From the Consumer Health division to their internal Medical Device giant Ethicon, the nature of J&J’s regulated products makes the need for error-free packaging components an absolute necessity.

We recently had the pleasure of speaking with Sarita Ranade, Business Process Lead at Ethicon, to discuss how she and her team at Ethicon have benefited since implementing the GlobalVision Web (GVW) software. GVW is one of GlobalVision’s ironclad web-based products, which allows for swift and accurate file inspections throughout the packaging development process.

Sarita’s department, Worldwide Labeling, had set out to start bringing some parts of their complex labeling process in-house. With so many moving parts, the need for automation and streamlining became imminent. 

The Challenge: Inefficient and Tedious Manual Review Tasks 

Before GVW, this labeling group within Ethicon, which also extends to parts of J&J’s Depuy Synthes and BioSense Webster divisions, was burdened with the tedious task of manual comparisons between all file revisions. They now benefit mainly from the two core GVW Modules: Text Inspection, a letter-for-letter comparison between two files within seconds, and Graphics Inspection, allowing them to overlay two documents and highlight all changes detected.

Given the complexities of their process, the GVW software offers a level of simplicity when it comes to proofreading: discard intended changes between versions and flag critical or non-intended changes for further investigation. 

When it comes to medical device labeling, each and every word must be carefully considered for any typos, insertions, deletions, location issues, and event fonts and formats must remain compliant. Sarita worked closely with GlobalVision’s Susan Proper to ensure that GVW was the right choice for her team, ensuring that the software detected all changes and that the usability met their needs.

Ethicon’s samples were sent over for testing, and the Labeling team underwent a trial period with hands-on training, which ultimately informed their decision to move forward with GVW. Speed, accessibility, and user-friendliness played a significant role as the team found GVW to be fast, easy to navigate, and easily accessible through their web browser.

The Solution: Quicker Inspections and Decades of Trusted Accuracy 

Since going live in February of 2021, the team has noted two major ways in which their workflow has improved: they are able to save considerable amounts of time by running the files for a quick inspection in GVW, and they have acquired somewhat of an insurance, allowing them to focus on pressing day-to-day tasks with peace of mind that their latest working version is free of any potential errors. One of their favorite features is the Zoning tool, which allows you to inspect specific text regions while ignoring the rest of the document. 

This partnership has allowed for decades of successfully streamlined and efficient workflows and has resulted in consistently accurate packaging and labeling, eliminating the risk of content and artwork errors that can otherwise result in detrimental company downfalls. GlobalVision’s trusted line of quality inspection products has proven to be a key component in J&J’s quality mandate, and GlobalVision aims to maintain a strong partnership for years to come as it continues to offer the most cutting-edge innovations in automated quality control technology.  

To learn more about shifting gears from manual to automated quality control and what that could look like for your team, watch our on-demand webinar with Veeva: Solving Pharma’s Content Efficiency Problem.

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Veeva Selects GlobalVision as a Silver Status Technology Partner

Date: June, 2022 | CategoryQuality Author: Julie Meredith


Proofreading critical content accurately and at scale is a major concern in the Enterprise Pharma and life sciences industry though, currently, content and documentation checks are still mainly done manually. This is otherwise extremely tedious, time-consuming, and with a high margin for human error.

Veeva, the leader in cloud-based software solutions for the life sciences industry, and a Veeva Technology partner, GlobalVision, together have found an answer to this problem— an end-to-end solution for regulated industries to scale the creation, review, and distribution of highly critical content.

After becoming a technology alliance partner, GlobalVision advances to the Silver Certified level of Veeva’s Technology Partner Program. This is an exclusive partner tier reserved for companies who have proven, validated, and certified their Veeva integrated solutions, and have demonstrated an overall strong dedication to partnering for the benefit of mutual customers.

This partnership is exclusively reserved for companies that have validated and certified Veeva-integrated solutions. The collaboration gives customers full confidence in the leading services they are receiving, as they can explore and trust the integrated solutions offered through this Silver status partnership.  

Solving the Pharma Industry’s Content Efficiency Problem

The regulatory process in Enterprise Pharma and the life sciences industry as a whole is complicated, long, and with a high margin for human error.

With Verify, GlobalVision’s cloud-based inspection application, integrated with Veeva Vault PromoMats and Veeva Vault RIM, users can speed up revision quality checks while ensuring any errors are quickly found. Any gaps and issues that may arise in the revision and inspection process are now solved as efficiency is increased in the regulatory workflow. 

Compare and verify multiple versions of documents with GlobalVision-powered inspections that fit seamlessly into existing workflows. Securely transfer files and data from Veeva Vault to Verify, allowing users to perform fast and accurate inspections that detect text and artwork errors without having to download documents. Reviewers can also evaluate results and prepare annotated PDFs to transfer back to Veeva Vault.

Through the use of GlobalVision’s integration with Veeva Vault, this partnership accelerates the document development and approval process tenfold and ensures only the highest quality content.

Key Benefits at a Glance

  • Reduce the overall number of revisions and minimize cycle time with improved comparisons.
  • Run automatic inspections between different revisions or new layouts.
  • Easily communicate the necessary changes directly to other team members and departments.
  • Fill in the gaps in MLR, DAM, and RIM to reduce the chance of errors being created with every change or handoff.

To find out more about this Silver Status partnership and the benefits it can bring to your Enterprise Pharma and life sciences organization, watch our on-demand webinar in partnership with Veeva.

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Five Reasons Why You Should Use File Comparison Tools

Date: March, 2022 | CategoryProofreading Author: Hana Trokic


Just as we become more dependent on technology with every passing day, businesses should also take note. Digital transformation is essential for any business that wants to remain relevant and competitive in the market. 

Automating workflows and processes is the only way to keep up with demand, and relying on outdated technologies and methods does not help drive profitability or success in any business, regardless of its field of work. 

Taking an “old school” approach and manually checking your content is an option when dealing with your proofreading processes. But why stick to old habits when new technologies in automation and quality control are so much better? 

Software was created for all of our needs, we just need to embrace it! Instead of manually looking over copy and content, wouldn’t it be great if software could scan documents and find all errors that need to be corrected? 

It would be great, and thankfully, it exists. Introducing file comparison software. Your comprehensive proofreading and quality control solution. 


1. File Comparison Software is for Everyone

What content does your business need proofread? What industry do you work in? 

Content and copy can range drastically from industry to industry as messaging and branding varies according to key demographics and target audiences. Regardless, file comparison software will run holistic scans of your documents, finding all differences between the two in mere seconds. 

What would take hours, days, or even weeks for a manual inspection to accomplish, a file comparison tool finishes in a fraction of the time. From text to graphics, barcodes, braille, print, and color, file comparison software reviews all documents holistically.  

To further simplify revision processes, there is also no need to convert different files to fit a certain format. Various formats of the same file can be uploaded and scanned just the same. All you have to worry about is making the appropriate corrections to your file to ensure absolute perfection within your content and copy.


2. Find All Errors with a File Comparison Tool

For most businesses, preventing detrimental mistakes from occurring is a top priority. Content and copy errors are no exception. What may seem like a minor, unnoticeable content error could potentially result in major downfalls for many businesses. 

Since manual checks are prone to errors and inaccuracies, opting for technological solutions that help streamline and increase accuracy in workflows is essential for any modern-day company.

To ensure the complete accuracy of your content, investing in file comparison software is vital. With a file comparison tool, you will improve the speed and accuracy of your quality control processes by checking content at every stage of the revision cycle. 

Just run a quick holistic scan of your documents, and in just a matter of seconds, you will have a complete rundown of all differences found, allowing you to make corrections regardless of the content production or revision stage.


3. Better Workflows with File Comparison Software

Bring your proofreading processes into the digital era by upgrading to automated quality control. 

Technology such as a file comparison tool is proofreading for modern and contemporary businesses that want to stay up-to-date and competitive. Not only does it allow you to run faster and more streamlined inspections it also increases efficiency by allowing you to create content quickly while still maintaining top quality. 

File comparison software directly integrates into artwork management systems and allows businesses to catch errors as soon as they occur, even in the early stages of revision. For perspective, current file comparison tools can compare documents at rates of 1000 characters per second, while manual inspections will take infinitely longer. 

File comparison tools can also easily be integrated with the rest of your business’s workflows, allowing users in other teams and departments to view, share, and print inspection reports. This further simplifies the revision process and ultimately creates extremely streamlined workflows that just, work. 


4. File Comparison Software for Ultimate Optimization

Make the best and most effective use of innovative resources available on the market to ensure that your business stays profitable and successful. 

A file comparison tool allows you to proofread all of your content with complete precision. This optimal solution in automated quality control allows businesses to eliminate errors in documents, artwork, labels, and packaging by comparing your sample to an approved file before going to production. 

It allows for the absolute optimization of proofreading processes by isolating areas of your file that you want to inspect and makes for more accurate and efficient quality inspections.

In recent years, turning to this form of software has been essential for companies as digital transformation has been crucial in business enhancement. Globally, businesses are realizing the dangers of falling behind more digitized competitors and are actively looking to upgrade outdated processes and systems that aren’t fit for modern-day demand.


5. Back to the Future With File Comparison Software
Five Reasons Why You Should Use File Comparison Tools

Businesses worldwide are continuously adapting to the “new normal” of digitally-driven workflows and practices. As such, they are always on the lookout for the “next best thing” or the newest innovation in technology that will allow them to enhance their current efforts and bring them into the next era of modernization and digitization. 

When it comes to proofreading content, file comparison software is the future of automated proofreading. 

A technological advancement that automatically runs side-by-side comparisons of two files to identify any differences between the two, this tool will undeniably elevate proofreading tasks in any business regardless of industry, product, or service. 

Instead of reviewing documents manually, and painstakingly looking over every minuscule detail, a file comparison tool will do all the work for you. Not only will it complete these tasks in seconds, but it will also complete them with a higher degree of accuracy.


Need We Say More? 

The benefits of switching to a file comparison tool as a primary method for your proofreading processes are countless. To keep up with modern-day trends and demands, switching to new, digitized solutions is essential to ensure the future success of any business.  

Making the switch to automated quality control and adding file comparison software to your organization’s digital resources is a small step that will ultimately result in enormous advantages. From ease of work to enhanced optimization and modernization of workflows, there is no reason to not introduce a file comparison tool into your quality control processes.  

To gain and maintain a competitive edge during these increasingly digital times, investing in modernization through software and technology could be a significant make-or-break moment for businesses.

Want to enter into the future of proofreading? Learn more about the benefits of a file comparison tool and request a demo of GlobalVision here or try our web-based proofreading software, Verify, for free!

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Date: February, 2022 | Category: Company Author: Hana Trokic


Verify’s Intended Changes Feature

Digital content creation is synonymous with the term ‘revision.’

As copy is being created, changes are constantly being made, resulting in multiple versions of a document or file. These revisions are usually communicated through various annotations such as highlights, underlines, callouts, cross-outs, comment bubbles, and many more. 

Verify was designed to point out any difference between revisions, yet, with our upgraded version, Verify 2021.4, users can now further specify whether instructions in the annotations have been executed correctly. 

Introducing Verify’s Intended Changes feature, a new way to communicate instructions from pre-saved annotations. This feature answers questions such as, “Is this an intended change or an unintended change?” and “If this is an intended change, was it executed properly?

This feature allows users to see annotations on the document as difference cards while reviewing the results after running an inspection. It further enables users to create “differences” that will show up in the report on the off chance that instructions on the annotation were not carried out correctly.

These newly added differences can also include reviewer comments further explaining whether the annotation’s content is valid, if further actions should be done, or if other errors should be rectified. 

With the release of GlobalVision‘s cloud-based inspection tool, Verify 2021.4, the process of proofreading is now even more integrated into the asset creation process than ever before.


Annotating files: A Deeper Look

The asset development and approval processes are non-linear and heavily fragmented. When creating a document, multiple revisions are required to get the message across. As mentioned previously, instructions are carried out in the form of annotations explaining what needs to be changed, replaced, or removed. 

How does this feature tie into ‘real-world’ scenarios? It’s simple – communication! 

Verify has extended its tools and become a platform that allows users to act on the differences detected instead of just pointing them out. In this example, the file has gone through at least two revisions, considering that one of them features an annotation instructing the graphic artist to add the number ‘2’ (change to 1,2). 

After running the inspection, the proofreader will look at the results tab and go through each one of the different cards. One of them will be the change difference as one file has ‘1,’ and the other has ‘1,2’ superscripted.

Additionally, since the difference was expected to appear (intended change) the proofreader will be able to see if it has indeed taken place.

With Verify 2021.4’s annotation communication feature, the proofreader can manually add an annotation difference by singling out the ‘1,2’ and confirming that the instructions were applied.


How are we Communicating Changes?

Once the proofreader confirms whether the instructions have been followed, they can enter a comment in the new annotation card that gets added to the difference list, as explained previously.

Verify 2021.4 has predefined comments in a dropdown menu that the user can choose from, be it ‘approved’ or ‘rejected. If the context in which the instructions in the annotations do not fit one of the offered options, the user can simply enter their own comment. 


What Else Is New in Verify 2021.4?

Full Page Graphic Compare

Users can now run an image comparison on the entire page of the uploaded document by checking a box instead of manually zoning all pages.

Communication of Graphic Differences

This feature allows users to manually create annotations around the actual differences within a graphic region in the results tab. These new annotations allow users to comment on all differences within a graphic zone to pinpoint them accurately.

Medical Dictionary

English languages now have the option that includes a medical dictionary when enabling Spell Check.

Navigating through Grouped differences

When navigating a duplicated difference, arrows can be used to review all duplicates easily.

Run fast and accurate inspections throughout your file creation and approval process by using Verify.

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How to Speed up Product Time-to-Market

Date: September, 2021 | CategoryQuality Author: Seth Richtsmeier


In today’s competitive marketplace, offering consumers quality, innovative products is only half the battle. The market can quickly become diluted with products from competitors, offering similar features at comparable price points.

Take smartphones, for example. Apple entered the market with its original iPhone back in 2007, introducing a touchscreen display that set a new standard for smartphones, tablets, and even computers worldwide. 14 years later, the brand continues to dominate the U.S. market share with a commanding 53% of all smartphones.

For product-based business owners, product development requires a delicate balancing act between developing a valuable product for consumers and beating the competition to market.

If you’re too quick, you risk a lackluster product that leaves a poor brand impression on your audience. On the other hand, if you’re too slow, you risk losing your market share to the competition. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to quickly delivering a product to the masses.

The Benefits of Accelerated Product Time-to-Market

There are several benefits an organization may gain from an accelerated product time-to-market. These include:

  • Greater profit margins and revenue from a longer period on the market
  • Increased market share and competitive advantage
  • Reduced research and development (R&D) costs
  • Better insight into developing market trends and an increase in product opportunities
  • Improved consumer relationship and satisfaction

To be successful in a consumer-driven business, it’s essential to deliver quality, innovative products, and fast! Accelerating your new product’s time-to-market can help your brand become an industry leader and stand out from the competition.

Eight Strategic Techniques to Quickly Get Your New Product to Market

Here are eight strategic techniques to quickly get your new product to market:

1. Develop a comprehensive product strategy


Checklist of products and itemsConsider your product development strategy your roadmap to success. It should cover every step required to take a new product from initial concept to final distribution to make sure you’re well-equipped for the project ahead.


The more detailed and coherent your plan is, the more effective your delivered product will be. A business product development strategy is a useful practice to help organizations clearly communicate product objectives, prioritize tasks, and build the best team for the project. Not to mention, a thorough product development strategy can assist in identifying any process gaps that require further attention before they become costly.

2. Focus on your workflow


Illustration of a product flowshartYour company’s workflow ultimately translates to your organizational efficiency, which can either help or hinder your product’s time-to-market.

A solid workflow has the potential to accelerate a product’s time-to-market by improving overall productivity. This may include streamlining or automating tasks and minimizing the potential for risks within product development. To improve your organization’s efficiencies, consider each step of the development workflow and the processes and procedures involved.

Are there any steps or tasks which can be simplified? Work with all product stakeholders to review the product workflow and to identify areas that can be streamlined to increase efficiency.

3. Target quality rather than features


Illustration of an arrow approaching a targetLoading your innovative new product with all the bells and whistles can be time-consuming. After all, adding excessive features demands more time and effort and presents opportunities for errors or costly delays.

Instead, focus on developing a high-quality product that solves a problem for consumers. What elements offer the greatest value for your target audience? Seek feedback from customers to determine which features are “must-haves” in your product development.

4. Use what’s available to you


Illustration of a product hierarchy Developing every element of your product from scratch is not entirely necessary. It can be a major time consumer when rushing to get your product to market before the competition.

Repurpose components, devices, or modules, or leverage third-party tools available to your business. Purchasing or reusing elements within your product development is a strategic way to cut time and associated R&D costs within your product development cycle.

5. Don’t be afraid to outsource


Illustration of print inspection processKnowing your strengths and limitations can help achieve rapid time-to-market for your new product. Outsourcing whenever possible allows your organization to efficiently create the desired product experience for your consumers.

If marketing or manufacturing is not your specialty, find the right partnership to help you achieve product objectives. Creating reliable third-party relationships in product development can help bring your product to market at an accelerated speed.

6. Endorse agility within product development


Illustration of a person reading a paragraphToday’s marketplace and consumer demands are constantly changing. Business agility allows product development to respond to these changes and create innovative solutions to emerging challenges and obstacles.

The key to agility within product development is adaptability. To become agile, product development teams must focus on customer involvement. Facilitating consumer feedback and dialogue throughout the development process will result in greater inherent value for the final product.

7 . Track results


Illustration of product analysisR&D is quite often the most critical part of a successful product development cycle. It can help your organization better align new offerings to the expectations of consumers while creating an innovative product.

Measuring your process and product results is a key element to accelerating your development process and quickly entering the market. Using the product’s established key performance indicators (KPIs) as a guide, project stakeholders can quantify the success or failure of the product and make changes as needed.

8. Improve data accessibility


Illustration of a dashboardData accessibility goes hand in hand with tracking product and process results. Ultimately, greater data transparency helps to accelerate decision-making and improves organizational agility. By increasing data accessibility for the right parties, your team will be equipped with the data needed to make the best decisions for the product, and without a major lag in development times.

But data accessibility is critical for your organization’s success far beyond the product development process. Data attained throughout development can help predict future industry trends, identify new opportunities for innovation, and help businesses generate new revenue streams.

Conclusion

In the end, getting products to market before other brands can give your business a significant competitive advantage. What’s important to remember, however, is that quality should never be sacrificed as a result of pushing products out the door faster.

To learn more about effectively managing your quality control process, learn more about GlobalVision’s quality inspection system or request a demo with a product expert.


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Date: August 31, 2021 | Category: Quality | Author: Kayla Caticchio


Technical writing refers to any communication written for businesses or industries that focuses on services and products. It particularly plays a vital role in the manufacturing of pharmaceutical drugs, where content errors can irreversibly and negatively affect a company’s reputation. Complete recalls could be needed, potentially resulting in lawsuits or damaging a patient’s health.

Aside from text, symbols play an important role in harmonizing pharmaceutical labels across global markets. They help save valuable space while sharing important information and guidelines and also save on translation costs. To minimize misinterpretation across markets, symbols have standards in different regions of the world. From manufacturer symbols to safety and storage symbols, companies must ensure that these icons are entirely accurate to meet regulatory requirements.


Protecting critical content with automation

The pharmaceutical industry is a high-stakes game of chance where errors can cost time and money. Boxes, bottles, or bags must pass through various steps on their way from cruelty-free production sites to your medicine cabinet without error – that’s why they’re always so particular about what goes into those packages!

The pharmaceutical industry is one of the most globalized, with products sold worldwide. But when it comes to adapting technical writing and regulatory symbols for foreign requirements, errors can always be introduced as no two countries have the same regulations. This means that even if you create a symbol in your own country, they may not function as desired abroad. Fortunately, modern-day technology has allowed businesses to ensure 100% accuracy before releasing products.

The use of technologies like GlobalVision’s automated quality control platform has made it possible for businesses to ensure 100% accuracy when releasing products. This protects labels and packaging from critical errors, which can have disastrous consequences if unnoticed during production or distribution channels.

This is why automatic inspection of text and artwork components on this type of packaging has several advantages in protecting technical writing or symbols. Firstly, they can detect any text deviation on common words, medical words, and foreign languages. Detecting such errors by only relying on the human eye can be long, cumbersome, and ineffective, especially when factoring in elements like proofreader’s fatigue. Automated quality inspection software eliminates these inefficiencies while also improving the accuracy of critical content. GlobalVision’s Text Inspection, for example, includes a built-in medical dictionary that contains thousands of commonly used terms in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry.

Along with ensuring that their technical writing remains accurate, pharmaceutical companies can verify that ingredient lists, components, dosages, and other important information are accurately transcribed, translated, and spelled correctly. With GlobalVision’s Text Inspection, companies can add their own pharmaceutical dictionary that is completely customized to their brand. This allows them to build libraries that include terms unique to their organizations, helping to prevent the misspelling of medical and brand terms like product names.


Automated artwork inspection for pharmaceutical symbols

When it comes to pharmaceutical symbols, companies need great care in ensuring that their logos and text appear correctly formatted on labels. These symbols exist to protect the consumer while also adhering to regulatory requirements. And as anyone in the industry knows, rules and regulations covering packaging quality control are very strict. In the past, companies would inspect some or all of their products manually. This proves to be ineffective, inefficient, and often risky.


With today’s technology, pharmaceutical companies can integrate an all-in-one quality inspection platform anywhere along the production process. GlobalVision’s Graphics Inspection allows brands to inspect all parts of their artwork easily. Features of the artwork that can be inspected include logos, design, braille, color, barcodes, and more. This ensures that pharmaceutical symbols are accurately printed onto products before making it to market.

Conclusion

To achieve market success, pharmaceutical companies should invest in creating high-quality content. With the right technology, managing technical writing and pharmaceutical symbols can be done accurately and efficiently. Using trusted automated proofreading technology like GlobalVision, companies in regulated industries can automate their quality control and get products to market faster, with complete confidence. To learn more, click here.

Date: August 31, 2021 | Category: Quality | Author: Kayla Caticchio


Product development and manufacturing are at the forefront of any pharmaceutical company’s business activities. Research and development, as well as product innovation help, are key factors in differentiating one company from another in the pharmaceutical landscape.

In such a competitive and regulatory environment, a successful product market integration is essential to the success of your company. Packaging and labeling processes are critical to ensure that products are brought to market as quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively as possible.

In this article, we’ll explore 5 ways pharmaceutical companies can optimize their packaging and labeling processes.


Pharma Packaging and Labeling

With the majority of resources allocated toward product development and manufacturing procedures, packaging and labeling processes can sometimes be an afterthought.

Labels and packaging components are just as important as the products inside when it comes to the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry.

With extremely regulated health requirements, mislabeling your product can have serious financial, legal, and safety implications for the brand. In foreign markets, not complying with local labeling guidelines can cost a company hundreds of thousands of dollars in wasted inventory that can’t be sold. Packaging defects also include defective containers, mispackaging, and label mix-ups.

Understanding the importance of a proper labeling process is essential to ensure organizational efficiency and the long-term success of the company.

Best Practices to Optimize Pharma Labeling Processes

Here are 5 ways your company can optimize the pharmaceutical labeling process:

1. Standardizing Labeling Procedures
Creating a standardized labeling process will allow your company to reduce much of the pressures it faces in terms of efficiency and operational costs. Meeting increasingly demanding regulatory requirements, gaining greater control of your supply chain, and increasing productivity are just a few of the benefits that integrating a standardized labeling process within your company can bring. The standardization process also eases the means of entry into new market opportunities by enabling a method of production that can be easily adapted to suit different packaging and labeling regulations from various regions.

2. Linking Data Directly to the Source
Tools such as a cloud system can help manage and update any regulatory data for products across various platforms and departments. This allows companies to systematically decrease the number of mistakes and inaccuracies that can occur on labels and packaging.

 

3. Using Automation Tools to Streamline Workflow
When it comes to quality control, the use of automated tools has several benefits to a company’s operations. Automation helps streamline workflows while enabling the traceability and accountability of changes that may have been made on labels and packaging files.

 

4. Centralize Data
Having all of your data gathered into a single, centralized system will increase the efficiency of information and data traveling within your company. Furthermore, it will mitigate the risks of communication mishaps. This is especially relevant when entering new markets where labels and packaging will need to be updated to comply with the targeted market requirements.

5. Prepare for the Unexpected
When discussing the importance of standardization, digital tools like automated quality control and cloud-based systems can help businesses prepare for any unexpected setbacks that may occur in their workflow. Having information that pertains to your labeling process readily available at all steps of the pharmaceutical workflow will reduce long project delays and the risk of letting a critical labeling error slip by.

The Pharmaceutical Labeling Process for Your Business

The pharmaceutical landscape is composed of ever-changing local and international regulations. As a result, companies require vigorous quality control standards across all processes. GlobalVision’s automated quality control tools ensure that files remain error-free from creation all the way through to production, allowing businesses to sign-off with confidence that their labels and packaging are accurate.

To learn more about the Pharmaceutical Labeling Process, click here.

 

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Date: August, 2021 | Category: Quality | Author: Kayla Caticchio


Our world is growing at a rapid pace and so is the consumer market. The space between the market and the consumer’s home has drastically shrunk in recent times, with online marketplaces quickly replacing traditional shopping experiences. Consumers now have access to products from all over the world – and they can get them delivered directly to their homes with minimal effort.

With so much competition between brands, packaging design is a key way to distinguish your company from others and thus persuade consumers to purchase your products. That is why brands must take great care to avoid little errors that can ruin a great packaging design.


What Errors Can Ruin Great Packaging Design?

The opportunity for errors to be created increases as text and artwork files are converted into prepress files.

They can become distorted and prone to critical errors. Consequently, print errors can also occur during production.

 

Examples of these errors include text errors like missing or dropped text, inserted or deleted words, and font errors. Graphic errors like misregistration or artwork deviations can also occur. Spelling errors are also common, especially when adapting packaging components into foreign languages for use in overseas markets.

Problem with Manual Sample Inspections

Brands don’t have to cut corners to save time when it comes to proofing print samples. Companies that outsource printing understand the importance of checking packaging components once they’re completed and sent back from the print supplier.

It’s unrealistic to expect companies to visually inspect every single printed component, especially given the cost of resources and labor involved. That’s where sampling comes in. With sampling, the quality control department will determine the number of copies they must check to reasonably conclude that the entire shipment can be approved. For example, only 40 copies will be proofread out of thousands.

The problem with manually inspecting small sample sizes is that defects could be localized elsewhere and might be missed by the proofreader. Clients should always be aware that the printers they deal with likely have other customers and complete many jobs daily. Gang runs, during which different products are printed on one sheet to reduce waste and save money are a regular occurrence. As a result, mix-ups can commonly occur.

Artwork Automation for Print Samples

Automated quality control like GlobalVision helps both printers and incoming quality assurance departments ensure that printed samples are free from critical errors. For brand companies, automated quality control tools allow them to compare physical copies to the approved artwork that was originally sent to the printer. Quality control departments simply have to scan the selected physical samples to then compare them back to the original artwork file.

The problem with manually inspecting small sample sizes is that defects could be localized elsewhere and might be missed by the proofreader. Clients should always be aware that the printers they deal with likely have other customers and complete many jobs daily. Gang runs, during which different products are printed on one sheet to reduce waste and save money are a regular occurrence. As a result, mix-ups can commonly occur.

The Benefits of Automated Artwork Inspections 

  • Brands can keep track of version changes while ensuring that the right content was printed.
  • Multiple production samples from various print suppliers can easily be managed.
  • Brands can protect themselves from both financial and raw materials loss by ensuring work has been printed properly.
  • Errors in text, artwork, spelling, barcode, and more can be detected in seconds versus hours.

Automating the process of checking printed samples has many benefits for companies that need to get their products to market quickly. Aside from the time and cost savings, ensuring that products make it to the consumers in packaging that is entirely error-free is crucial. By replacing the manual inspection of samples, businesses have more resources available to focus on R&D and other projects.

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Date: August, 2021 | Category: Quality | Author: Kayla Caticchio


The modern business era has been characterized by a constant need to produce and deliver products with speed and efficiency.

Long delays can result in financial losses and wasted resources that could have otherwise been used to acquire new business. Globalization and digitalization have redefined the standards of business practices by enabling companies to sell their products in various foreign markets. In turn, competition between brands has increased exponentially and companies are being held to the highest standards of customer satisfaction.

To manage localization requirements, businesses must be able to standardize quality control parameters across the entire enterprise. Any quality errors that make their way onto labels or packaging can undermine the bottom line by causing consumers to jump between brands due to mistrust or safety concerns. 

With all these obstacles consistently present within business operations, companies must find a way to tackle potential quality issues while simultaneously working to expand their business. They must be able to complete projects and deliver products to market quickly to avoid losing customers to competing brands. Automated quality control is a digital technology that helps improve quality inspections by reducing mistakes in the workflow.

By eliminating manual proofreading, businesses can improve performance and thus get products to market faster without compromising quality.

Manual vs Automated Proofreading

illustration of a magnifying glass with packaging inspectionBusinesses today are relying on digital technology more than ever before. When it comes to quality control, automation technology is drastically changing the nature of running inspections on labels, packaging, and digital files.

Quality control is vital for the success and long-term sustainability of any consumer-facing business, and fortunately, the digital era has created ways to improve quality control processes for companies across multiple industries.

Replacing manual proofreading can eliminate inefficiencies and speed up time to market by automating the inspection of text, documents, graphics, and more. GlobalVision’s comprehensive inspection software helps businesses ensure a high standard of quality control while eliminating time-consuming and error-prone manual checks.

How Does Automated Quality Control Get Products to Market Faster?

Illustration of inspected products and logosAutomated quality control technology, like GlobalVision, helps businesses get products to market faster without compromising quality. By automating manual tasks that would otherwise take hours to complete, GlobalVision speeds up the entire quality control process and significantly cuts down proofreading time. In turn, errors can be detected quickly and accurately as inefficiencies like fatigue and human error are eliminated.

Additional benefits of implementing automation technology in your business’ quality control process: 

Illustration of a fast inspecitonTime benefits of automated quality control.

  • Eliminates hours spent searching content for errors
  • Inspects files in seconds compared to hours spent manually proofreading
  • Automatically detect all types of errors at any stage of the process
  • Achieve faster turnaround times by accelerating approvals and reducing quality delays

Efficiency benefits of automated quality control.

  • Easily compare two files to detect any differences between the two
  • Identify any touchpoints within your business that are prone to errors
  • Utilize time usually spent on proofreading to bring jobs to market faster


Visit GlobalVision’s web page to learn more about getting your products to market faster with automated quality control.