All-In-One Package Fights Retail Drug Pilferage

Colbert Packaging Corp. has introduced SecureOTC for over-the-counter medications. The patent-pending SecureOTC package features a blister card within an outer folding carton for an all-in-one packaging solution for tablets, capsules, vitamins, and other pills. The blister card is securely sealed within the outer carton to help prevent retail pilferage while promoting proper storage and usage of over-the-counter medications.

The new package consists of a brandable folding carton and blister card configured together as one unit. To open the package, consumers lift the back flap and pull a zipper to access the blister card. This process allows the medication to be removed without damaging the outer carton, which typically contains essential drug facts, dosing instructions, warnings, and expiration dates. Therefore, the carton remains intact and can be kept for consumer reference.
“Pilferage of over-the-counter medications is a persistent problem affecting the pharmaceutical industry. In the retail aisle, pilferers can open a carton and remove the freestanding blister card used in traditional OTC packages, leaving the carton empty on the shelf, says Glenn Grosskopf, vice president of product development and licensing for Colbert. “SecureOTC reduces pilferage problems by securing the blister card within the outer carton, while also providing a solution for drug storage."
RF-EAS Source Tagging Sensors can also be applied to SecureOTC packages during production to further protect over-the-counter medications from pilferage.

Founded in 1959, Colbert Packaging manufactures folding cartons, rigid paper boxes, and paperboard specialty products. The company’s folding carton, flexographic packaging, and pressure-sensitive roll label operations are based in Lake Forest, IL; an additional folding carton facility is based in Elkhart, IN, along with rigid box production; VMI programs and contract packaging services are located in South Bend, IN.  

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