NACD Announces Award Winners



O. Berk Co.�s bottle and closure design for Alpharma�s Minoxidil won the gold award.

The National Association of Container Distributors (NACD) has announced the winners of its 2003 packaging awards. 

In the Drug and Pharmaceutical category, the gold award was presented to O. Berk Co. (Union, NJ) for the bottle, closure, and container design of Alpharma's (Fort Lee, NJ) Minoxidil, the generic form of the hair restorative treatment Rogaine. The packaging has undergone extensive changes since the product's original launch in 1995 as a result of an increase in dosage strength as well as the Consumer Product Safety Commission's determination that Minoxidil requires compliance with a strict child resistance (CR) protocol. According to the CR protocol, when products are packaged with applicators intended to replace their original closures, the replacement closures must adhere to the same CR standards as the original closures. To comply with this ruling, O. Berk brought in an expert in child resistance to help with the modification of the package. The challenge was to design a spray-can overcap that would stay on the container and provide child resistance. A special extension to the overcap's retention ring allowed standard closures to be introduced to the package. When combined with the custom overcap retention ring, the standard closures became child resistant. O. Berk worked with five manufacturers to provide stock components and to create custom molds, which provided a unique solution for the Alpharma product.

The silver award was presented to Kaufman Container Co. (Cleveland, OH) for the bottle and closure design of ICN Pharmaceutical's (Costa Mesa, CA) Glyquin XM, a skin bleaching cream. Because the company wanted an upscale look for the product, Kaufman chose glass and metallized closures for the jars for their cosmetic appeal and compatibility with the product. The sample kit consists of a 1¼4-oz jar with a polypropylene metallized dome closure with trefoil liner. A custom mold was used for the 1-oz jar to achieve the desired size and appearance. 

The bronze award was presented to Lerman Container Co.'s (Naugatuck, CT) bottle, closure, container, and label design for Novartis Consumer Health Products' (Parsippany, NJ) fiber laxative, Benefiber. The curvy container design is both eye-catching and functional, allowing the customer to grip the bottle with ease for pouring. The closure consists of a two-sided flapper cap so consumers can pour or sprinkle the required dosage. A multicolored shrink-sleeve enhances shelf appeal.

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