What is Pharma Folding?

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Pharma folding uses miniature folding to fulfil the government’s content requirements for consumer goods, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals. When it comes to medicines and other medical products, the companies that produce the goods must provide a copious amount of information. In the absence of pharma folding, pharmaceutical companies would have to increase the size of their packaging to include all the necessary information. This would result in greater packaging costs and result in unnecessary waste, making pharma folding the ideal solution.


What is Miniature Folding?

Miniature folding is achieved through the use of highly specialised equipment that is capable of folding a large sheet of paper into a much smaller size. Once it’s folded, it can easily be placed in a product’s packaging to meet the government guidelines regarding product and medicine information. This is the most effective and economical way to pack a load of information within a small space.

Pharmaceutical packaging requires miniature folding for the creation of patient packaging inserts (PPIs), prescribing information (PIs), instruction sheets (DFUs or IFUs), topserts, outserts, and inserts. On top of these, other companies utilise the technology in order to create leaflets, right turn angle outserts (RTA), coupon booklets, manuals, and other inserts. 

Miniature folding is usually carried out using lightweight paper at 50gsm upwards (grams per square metre). Most commonly, paper will weigh around 80gsm, meaning that for pharma folding is particularly light and thin. Not only does this make the paper easier to fold, but it’s also much more affordable. This is particularly true when it comes to the scale of the paper that we use as our prescribing information is printed on B1 size paper. 


Government Guidelines on patient Information Leaflets 

Patient information leaflets (PILs) have been a legal requirement in the UK since 1999 as a result of a survey determining that patients wanted more information than they currently receive about medicines they’re taking. Basically, every PIL should contain an identification of the medicine, therapeutic indications, necessary information ahead of taking the medicine, dosage, side effects, and any additional information. This is the bare minimum of what should be detailed on a PIL, but the more the better. 

PILs are designed to be user friendly for the standard patient, providing them with key information and helping them navigate what’s being presented to them. Ultimately, this information needs to be accessible for people of all ages and all language abilities. This gives patients peace of mind and instils trust into them. 

Pharmaceutical leaflet print

Pharmaceutical Paper Folders

Pharma folding is carried out using an automatic paper folding machine. This is a multi-purpose functioning paper folder that is specifically designed for the pharmaceutical industry. It boasts an attractive appearance, excellent design, simple operation, and durable construction. This makes for an incredibly unique machine in the pharmaceutical sphere. 

These paper folders have the following features:

  • Folding size with micro-adjustment
  • Adjustable folding speed
  • Wide feed rollers for accurate folding
  • Pressure adjuster for paper feeding
  • Adjustment for different thicknesses
  • High precision needle bearing
  • Suited to standard and non-standard paper dimensions and folds
  • Blank sheet detection
  • Top and Bottom HD camera recognition


Types of Fold

When it comes to printing, there are different types of folds to accommodate each printing purpose, including a Z fold, an accordion fold, a parallel fold, and a roll fold. A Z fold uses two parallel folds to create six panels of equal size (three panels on each side of the paper). An accordion fold uses a series of alternating folds to create multiple panels of similar sizes. A parallel fold is quite simply folded in half twice. Finally, a roll fold is completed by folding one section of paper inward and continuing to fold and roll until you’re left with eight panels (four panels on each side of the paper). 


Fisherprint and Pharma Folding

Here at Fisherprint, we pride ourselves on being pharmaceutical printing perfectionists with an abundance of experience in the field. We always deliver high-standard prints to guarantee clarity, quality, and compliance. We are certified in producing pharmaceutical printing products, meaning we’re equipped to meet the standards of the Pharmaceutical Quality Group. Not only does this promise great quality, but it also means we claim full responsibility for your print’s finish, giving you greater peace of mind. 

Get In Touch with Fisherprint About Pharma Folding

For further information regarding our pharma folding services and other printing solutions, please get in touch. An expert member of our team will be on hand to advise you, assist you, and point you in the right direction. 


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