Therapies and vaccines with mRNA substances as well as cell and gene therapies are becoming increasingly important. However, these novel active ingredients entail special challenges: On the one hand, they must be transported and stored on dry ice at freezing temperatures of down to -100 °C. On the other hand, special light protection is frequently required, depending on the type of substance. Precisely for these applications, Schreiner MediPharm has developed the Freeze-Light-Protect syringe label, it says.

Freeze-Light-Protect securely adheres to the syringe despite extremely low temperatures and enables reliable marking, according to the company. In addition, the specialty label can be provided with a variety of UV and light protection levels. The first level strictly provides UV protection, level two protects against UV rays and blue light, and level three delivers full light protection.

The light protection level can be precisely customized to suit the specific requirements of the active ingredient. Additional functionalities may be integrated as well: detachable documentation labels for vaccination cards or patients’ medical records, inspection windows for checking the syringe contents in unadulterated colour, and graduations for correct dosing of injections.

The novel label was developed in coordination with its partner SCHOTT Pharma who launched the SCHOTT TOPPAC® freeze syringe. The 1ml long COC syringe was developed for medicines with temperatures down to -100 °C with a view to retaining the syringe’s functionality and integrity of the syringe closure, thus securing the stability of the drug.

Freeze-Light-Protect was tested specifically for the SCHOTT TOPPAC® freeze syringe in order to prove the reliability of the label-integrated protective functions and other features. Thanks to the combination of the two products pharmaceutical companies are provided with a pre-qualified solution that can be customized to suit the relevant application claim the companies.

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