The smart RFID Syringe Label combines the marking of the syringe with its digital identity to help the hospital in inventory management and patient care and documentation


Prefilled Syringes with RFID-Labels. (Credit: Schreiner Group)

Pharmaceutical labels maker Schreiner MediPharm and drug delivery solution developer SCHOTT Pharma have jointly launched a new RFID solution to equip prefilled syringes.

Presented at the PDA Universe of Pre-Filled Syringes and Injection Devices Conference in California, the duo of syringes and smart labels is intended to optimise hospital routines.

According to Schreiner, the digitisation of prefilled syringes will equip the syringe with a unique, digital identity to help optimise processes in hospital inventory management.

It will also aid in patient care and documentation as well as the identification of medication and medical devices. Additionally, it will have a digital first-opening indicator to help protect the integrity of the syringe.

Schreiner said that the smaller syringe has less space for product marking and integration of the RFID chip.

Material such as COC, PP, or glass, can also affect the range and trouble-free reading of the tag.

Additionally, the read range of a smaller tag is typically less and the curvature might affect performance, particularly with tiny syringe sizes.

The syringe’s medication’s dielectric characteristics also play a role in the performance of RFID. The radio transmission performance of a tag is negatively impacted, particularly by active compounds with a water base, the label maker claimed.

According to the liquid and fill level, the exact positioning of the RFID-Label and integrated inlay is necessary. Additionally, data standards for unit-level identification and tracking, like UnitVisID or GS1, must be taken into account.

These standards allow for the interpretation and use of the data by all pertinent stakeholders as well as integration with the required infrastructure, Schreiner concluded.

Schreiner and SCHOTT customise the solution to the client’s needs to maintain optimal functionality from production to launch to enhance product safety and avoid medication errors.