Compass Pharma Adds Blister Production

Compass Pharma Services (Clifton, NJ) has introduced blister manufacturing capacity in the last year in response to client demand, says Kevin Flanagan, president.

Compass Pharma was created in 2007 with the purchase by a new owner-management team of an existing contract packager. Management has since implemented package design, engineering, and process design capabilities; revamped quality management; and developed a new customer service organization. The packager has more than 20 production suites for blister, bottle, and pouch packaging.

The company is producing unit-dose blisters for hospitals and has launched blister strip calendar card production for clinical trials. “We are in the design stage on many of these trial packages, after having been approached in recent months by several customers,” says Flanagan.

Two narrow-web blister machines from MACTEC supplement wide-web models from Bosch and Uhlmann. Compass also acquired package design know-how and custom tooling capacity with its 2008 merger with MACTEC.

“With the expertise from MACTEC, we can offer customers a resource for package design and process development,” Flanagan says.

The MACTEC units make blisters one or two up on a 150-mm web. “This is a cost-effective solution for clinical trials, stability work, and smaller production quantities. Tooling is five to six times less costly, and available in about five weeks, so we are supporting speed-to-market,” he adds.

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