Pharmaceutical Pressure Sensitive Labels

Pressure Sensitive Labels Overview

Pressure Sensitive Labels

Pressure Sensitive Labels from CCL Healthcare are versatile self-adhesive labels printed both on digital and flexographic presses. Pressure Sensitive Labels are made of materials which have an adhesive glue on the backing. When pressure is applied it will adhere to most surfaces. Pressure Sensitive Labels offer limitless design possibilities that far exceed those of paper wet glue labels. Promotional and functional features can also be built into a pressure sensitive label making them an effective marketing tool. High-quality materials, thin foil lamination, specialized adhesives and selected printing inks offer a high degree of flexibility and appeal in Pressure Sensitive Labels. The self-adhesive coating bonds to most surfaces, even those with low energy. Our pressure sensitive labels are printed on pharmaceutical grade paper using high-grade adhesives and are available in black & white, spot color, full color, and the industry’s largest variety of finishings. All our day labels are manufactured in cGMP facilities to ISO Standards with 100% electronic verification.

Benefits of Pressure Sensitive Labels

Maximize your shelf presence with world-class decorating techniques offered by CCL’s Pressure Sensitive Labels (PSL). With the current competitive retail landscape, it is essential to differentiate your product on the shelf. CCL is the worldwide leader in the Pressure Sensitive Label (PSL) market and understands the unique packaging demands of products.

Premium Look

  • PREMIUM LOOK: Underlines product quality
  • MODERN LOOK: Outpaces old-fashioned wet-glue
  • NO REGRETS: Solutions for returnable bottles
  • LOW COST: Compared to direct printing
  • RESISTANT: Even in ice water and direct sunlight
  • NO LIMITS: To label design and color combinations
  • NO PROBLEM: Up to 15% higher operating efficiency

Specialty Printing Techniques Offered by CCL:

  • Subtle & High-Gloss Metallics
  • Specialty Varnishes
  • Micromotion
  • Specialty Substrates
  • HD Printing

Maximize your shelf presence with world-class decorating techniques offered by CCL’s Pressure Sensitive Labels (PSL). With the current competitive retail landscape, it is essential to differentiate your product on the shelf. CCL is the worldwide leader in the Pressure Sensitive Label (PSL) market and understands the unique packaging demands of products.


Digitally Printed Labels

Digitally printed labels feature excellent print quality. Digital printing is the perfect solution for shorter quantity runs, eliminating the cost of plates, reducing lead-time, and minimizing waste for shorter ready-to-print times.

Flexographic Printed Labels

Flexographic Pressure Sensitive Labels are high-quality labels that have been a mainstay in the labeling industry for many years. Flexographic printing is the solution for long runs with lower ink costs and the ability to print at higher speeds.

Brand Protection

Pharmaceutical and life science companies spend an absorbent amount of money in research and development to bring their medicines and brands to market only to be diverted or counterfeited. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the global counterfeit market is worth approximately $461 Billion dollars or roughly 2.5 % of all global trade.

Developing an effective brand protection strategy will defend against counterfeiting, diversion, obsolesce, and maintain brand integrity. CCL Healthcare has protected brands for decades with custom brand security strategies and security solutions. These systems protect the integrity of brands and defend against grey market activities.

CCL is the market leader in brand protection offering a wide range of options that included Overt, Covert, and Forensics security features all manufactured under a cGMP process with a specialization in Track and Trace Serialization. Our customers can be assured that CCL Protects!


  1. Data Generation – The first step involves generating a database of random numbers which can correspond to NDC or GTIN figures. CCL can provide this randomly generated database or accept a predefined batch of numbers.
  2. Variable Printing – Secondly, individual numbers from this random database are variably printed onto each individual pharmaceutical package. CCL offers many standard and custom printing options for this unique serialized number depending on the package size, shape and material. It is imperative to synchronize the variable printing method with your distribution network’s scanning technology for compatibility. As we have become a global economy involving imports and exports on a daily basis, there has been an international initiative to harmonize standards to minimize confusion and increase efficiency. For example, the GS1 2D barcode is the most widely used form of serialization allowing many countries to scan and read the same information.
  3.  Data Collection & Management – Once leaving a manufacturing facility, each serialized number is scanned and recorded at various stages throughout the supply chain life cycle, producing a digital trail.
    An internal data management tool tracks all movement made by collecting and recording these serialized figures during scanning, providing their specific location (GPS), time of scan and any other predefined relevant information.
  4. Authentication & Brand Protection – Once implemented and synchronized, this track and trace system generates detailed product movements globally and provides a layer of anti-counterfeit and brand protection security.
    For example:
    Your distribution facility in Europe scans a pallet of pharmaceuticals manufactured in the US and discovers the serialized numbers do not match any known sets in the predefined database. This illustrates the pallet of pharmaceuticals is most likely not authentic.
    Your internal data management system flags an issue where the same unique serialized number has been scanned twice (once in Hong Kong as well as in England). As each serialized number is unique (no duplicates), you can be certain one of these two shipments is counterfeit.
    Diversion: A pallet a product coded for the European market surfaces and is scanned in Western Africa illustrating illegal product diversion in the supply chain process. After review of the relevant recorded data, you can quickly identify and locate where the diversion occurred and modify your strategy accordingly.
  5. Report Generation – With 24/7 online access to your supply chain information (via data management tool), you can easily generate the supply chain information you need.
    Confidently provide logistical data to governments around the world for general reporting or should an investigation or product recall arise.
    Quickly and easily identify supply chain problem areas involving counterfeiting, diversion or tampering and implement a recovery plan accordingly.


Braille can be applied on labels by means of different techniques. On the label itself or on a carrier like clear - see through - material. As a consequence integration in design is easy and does not take additional space. We can also apply digitally transferred Braille-dots onto an ECL or flat label. The CCL Braille solutions do not require changes in existing application or packaging technology and labels can be applied at the usual speed. CCL can assist you with translation of text to Braille dots and produce special material for proofreading.

  • Compliance to the new EU Regulations
  • Electronic dot count ensuring security of image
  • Up to 300 micron dot height

CCL Label can supply labels with Braille for blind people that coordinate with EU regulation.

Our newly developed braille master technique makes the marking onpharmaceutical labels flexible and secure on large and small quantities.

Pressure Sensitive Questions?

Not sure of what you need for your application ? One of our packaging specialist will be glad to help.

Why CCL for Pressure Sensitive Labels

Our pharmaceutical and Healthcare pressure sensitive labels are printed with the most advanced equipment available in the industry. Pairing our highly trained and qualified staff with our robust SOP’s and cGMP facilities allows us to exceed our customers quality expectations. Our investment in equipment and people have allowed us to continually be the market innovators and grow our secondary packaging offerings to meet the unique challenges that the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry demands.

When it comes to quality, CCL Healthcare is the market leader investing heavily into vision verification systems and establishing the standard for pharmaceutical printing in the industry. The standard includes ensuring every product is 100% verified and documented for traceability. We manufacture under cGMP and ISO standards in temperature and humidity control facilities. Our dedicated quality assurance team and production departments follow strict SOPs and CSPs in fully segregated manufacturing areas. Our global presence and manufacturing footprint allows you to go global with 34+ specialized healthcare sites. Our experienced staff provides the highest level of service, technical expertise, and product innovation anywhere you are.

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