Don't Hesitate to Develop Child-Resistant, Senior-Friendly Compliance Packaging


With patient adherence to drug regimens often reported as low as 50%, compliance packaging seems like a smart choice for the manufacturer hoping its drug will fare better. But companies are not flocking to unitized or calendarized drug regimens. Bottles—specifically pharmacy-packed amber bottles—still dominate. Why?

Companies may hesitate for a number of They may not have the infrastructure—nor the budget—to depart radically from the standard. They may hesitate to shift their packaging from pharmacy bulk to unit of use because of uncertainty over what will be prescribed. Companies also often struggle with finding a child-resistant, senior-friendly design.

So, one of the toughest questions in pharmaceutical packaging is, Can a package be developed for the everyday drug regimen that fits into current prescribing habits, keeps children out yet lets adults in, and can be produced in an economical manner that keeps pace with today’s lean manufacturing trends?

To help you answer this question for your own products, we are convening six technology experts in our June 2008 Webcast, “Developing Child-Resistant, Senior-Friendly Compliance Packaging.” Presenting during the Webcast are:

  • Tom Caldwell, Marketing Manager, Nosco Inc.
  • Bob Gaumont, Packaging Engineering Manager, Nosco Inc.
  • Richard Bahr, President and CEO, MGS Machine Corp.
  • Paul Glintenkamp, Director of Pharma­ceutical Packaging, Carton Service–Packaging Insights
  • Scott Garverick, Vice President of Sales, Carton Service–Packaging Insights
  • Daryl Madeira, Director of Marketing, Alcan Packaging–Contract Packaging and Specialty Cartons

Tom Caldwell of Nosco says that “child resistance is a given. Senior friendliness is more of a challenge, given dexterity limitations.” Present prototypes to seniors early to narrow your choices, he advises.

Caldwell’s cospeaker, Bob Gaumont, says that companies should become experts on Consumer Product Safety Commission requirements and guidelines. “Don’t be afraid to contact CPSC to clarify rules,” he says. “And after you have begun full CPSC protocol testing, don’t be afraid to stop testing and to refine your design if necessary.”

Paul Glintenkamp of Carton Service– Packaging Insights says that much can be done to fit complicated regimens onto one blister card, for instance—and still be easy for senior adults to use. Cost shouldn’t be too strong a deterrent, he believes, because even generic drug companies have found ways to make compliance packaging affordable.

Richard Bahr of MGS Machine has seen the use of automation bring compliance packaging projects in line with company budgets. However, “automating the packaging process is often not top of mind, and if consideration is given too late in the design process, it could lead to failure.”

Daryl Madeira of Alcan Packaging urges companies to bring all project partners together at the early stages of commercialization to discuss package design and manufacturing. “Particularly if it is a new, unproven design, there is the potential for a lot of finger pointing if the launch is not ramping up as efficiently and timely as projected. Your contract packager can help you, over time, improve and possibly reengineer solutions to continuously optimize and deliver ROI.”

Our Webcast will broadcast live on June 18 at 2:00 p.m. EDT and be available for archive viewing for two years. To register for the Webcast, please click here.

Daphne Allen

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