About Us

The Pharmaceutical Printed Literature Association (PPLA) is a trade group representing printers of regulated pharmaceutical information, including Package Inserts (PIs), Medication Guides (MedGuides), and Patient Package Inserts (PPIs) as well as other label packaging such as folding cartons and pressure-sensitive labels. Material and technology suppliers are also part of the PPLA.

Chartered in 2001, the PPLA serves as the voice for our members, advocating for patient safety and risk communication by fighting to keep information on paper and readily accessible for patients and caregivers. This information helps drive the patient involvement model of health care, helping patients get the maximum benefits from the powerful drugs they take while minimizing risk.

We are committed to keeping medication information on paper – for patient health and safety

  • Medication information is critical for patients, caregivers, and health care providers to understand prescription drug dosage, administration, side effects, adverse reactions, and interactions with other drugs.  Providing printed information helps patients achieve higher compliance.
  • The 1938 United States Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act requires that written, printed, or graphic matter bearing directions for use and warnings accompany the drug product.
  • PPLA supports availability of medication information in electronic form as a compliment to information on paper. However, we strongly oppose efforts to make electronic media the ONLY source of medication information for  healthcare providers or patients.

The industry is specialized:

  • Package Inserts accompany drugs manufactured under the strict guidelines of the FDA. Because Labeling Content, the term used for what the Package Insert covers, is so tightly controlled, pharmaceutical printers also operate according to the principles and practices of current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP).
  • The miniature folding equipment for Package Inserts is designed to produce folded package inserts specifically for the pharmaceutical market, not for a broad array of markets for printing.

Board Members

Dave Joesten (CCL Label) – President

Terry Griffis (DSP) – Treasurer

Russ Haraf (Nosco)

Robin Henfling (Westrock-MPS)

Rich Murach (Twin Rivers Paper)

Sue Steller (Flottman Company)

Andrew Vale (Platinum Press)