A Bevy of Bottles

Bottles are taking on new looks to help drug and vitamin packagers attract consumers.


Despite the growing use of blister packs, bottles remain the packaging choice for many pharmaceutical and nutritional supplement makers. Bottles can easily be filled, decorated, used, recycled, and made child resistant, traits that still make them a formidable competitor to blisters.

A 500-ml inverted bottle with rounded shoulders and a smooth face has a closure located at the bottom. The Silique Tottle rests comfortably on its dispensing cap and stays constantly primed for easy product application. Available in HDPE, PETG, or PVC or in single or triple layers, the bottle features a large front billboard panel that can be silk-screened or covered with a pressure-sensitive label. Fenton, Weber & Jones, Tonawanda, NY.

Polyethylene terephthalate bottles feature uniform wall thickness for easy labeling and an extended bead under the threads to help secure shrink bands. Suitable for packaging pharmaceuticals and nutritional supplements, the straight-sided packers are available in sizes ranging from 60 to 500 cm3. Alpha Plastics Inc., St. Louis, MO.

Glass serum bottles resist chemicals and are suitable for the packaging, storage, and application of injectable and parenteral solutions requiring purity. Bottles meet or exceed USP specifications for Type I, Type II, and Type III glass containers. Both clear and amber containers are available in sizes ranging from 1 to 1000 ml in a variety of finishes. Kimble Glass, Vineland, NJ.

Bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate can hold pharmaceuticals, vitamins, supplements, and herbal products. They come in a variety of colors and in sizes ranging from 60 to 500 cm3. Each size is available with two neck finishes that accommodate continuous-thread and tamper-evident closures, respectively. O. Berk Co., Union, NJ.

A company produces bottles for the pharmaceutical and healthcare markets. Injection-blow-molded containers are available in high- and low-density polyethylene, polypropylene, polystyrene, and polyethylene terephthalate and can be supplied with closures, fittings, dropper tips, and other plastic components. Wheaton Worldwide Inc., Millville, NJ.

A system offers bottles, closures, and caps to meet almost any parenteral packaging need. The Harmony System consists of all-plastic closures that fit securely onto glass or plastic bottles. The system can work with standard rubber stoppers or with preinserted liners. Bottles are available in clear or amber plastic or glass. Closures can be nonreclosable for single use or reclosable for multiple uses. Comar Inc., Buena, NJ.

Soft-touch bottles are easier to grip and less slippery than traditional ones. The Paris Oblong bottles are available with various neck finishes and feature a frosted appearance. They can be supplied in 2- and 8-oz sizes. Continental Glass & Plastic Inc., Chicago, IL.

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