NEWS: Vial Manufacturer Recognized for Arthritis Drug Package

The 1-Clic Packaging System's closure is designed for use in both child-resistant and non-child-resistant modes.

A pharmaceutical vial maker has been honored for its prescription-vial-packaging system, which features an easy-to-use closure.

The 1-Clic Packaging System, developed in the late 1990s by prescription-container supplier Owens-Illinois Inc. (Toledo, OH), was recently awarded an ease-of-use commendation from the Arthritis Foundation (Atlanta). The package was recognized by the foundation for its inventive packaging design for pharmaceutical vials.

The 1-Clic system is designed with an easy-open reversible closure that provides an audible "click" to indicate that the closure has been correctly secured. The closure, which the company says encourages consistent and proper use, can be used in a child-resistant or non-child-resistant (senior-friendly) mode.

"Ease of use is an essential characteristic of our packaging systems, and we are proud that the Arthritis Foundation has recognized the benefits of the 1-Clic Packaging System," says Patrick O'Connell, vice president of sales and marketing for Owens-Illinois. "This system takes two motions to open, which makes it an excellent child-resistant packaging system. It also gives pharmacists SKU reduction, because they only need to stock one vial that can meet both child-resistant and senior-friendly requirements in the same system."

The one-piece plastic, reversible closure is the highlight of the packaging design. In its child-resistant position, the closure is opened by holding down a tab on the container labeled 'hold' and then turning the closure counterclockwise. One of two lugs inside the closure fits into an apparatus attached to the tab on the container, while the inner threads on the closure are screwed onto the outer threads of the container to keep the package closed.

In the non-child-resistant position, a user turns the closure counterclockwise to open it. While in this mode, the continuous threads on the closure's exterior are screwed into the inner threads on the container.

O'Connell says the foundation had recently conducted a series of tests on the system in tandem with the Georgia Tech University Research department. After successful testing, the foundation contacted Owens-Illinois directly to announce the commendation. "It was great for recognition," says O'Connell, who adds that a number of major pharmacy chains are currently using the system for various prescription medications.

The Arthritis Foundation's Ease of Use program seeks to increase consumer awareness of products that make life easier for people with activity limitations. It was developed to recognize those companies that offer arthritis-friendly products. The 1-Clic package received the award from an independent review panel consisting of design experts, arthritis patients, and health professionals.



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