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Bottom Line on Compliance Packaging

As innovative patient care models are tested and put into practice, new studies show the value of compliance-prompting designs.
Packaging that promotes compliance will receive increased attention as governments and private insurers seek to ensure patient safety and reduce healthcare costs.
Studies have shown, for example, that achieving high adherence levels in typically low-compliance therapies such as diabetes, cholesterol, and high blood pressure can reduce healthcare costs by 40 to 50%.
 
Packaging can be an important part of a solution that includes caregiver support and intervention, but adherence and persistence with medications requires patient buy-in, presenters sa
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Enabling Compliant Seals

Validation should ensure consistent seal strength and package integrity.
Process controls and user-friendly features on heat sealers go a long way in supporting effective bag sealing for terminally sterilized medical devices. Yet ensuring consistent seals can be fraught with challenges. Defective and cosmetically marred seals may put product at risk for contamination and increase manufacturers’ costs.
ISO 11607 requires the heat seal process to be under total control and validated.
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Enabling Compliant Seals

Validation should ensure consistent seal strength and package integrity.
Process controls and user-friendly features on heat sealers go a long way in supporting effective bag sealing for terminally sterilized medical devices. Yet ensuring consistent seals can be fraught with challenges. Defective and cosmetically marred seals may put product at risk for contamination and increase manufacturers’ costs.
ISO 11607 requires the heat seal process to be under total control and validated.
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Striving for Production Quality

As newer inspection technology and applications are tested, serialization is driving upgrades in vision solutions.
As companies upgrade inspection and vision technology for a range of tasks, they are implementing or planning for serialization and track and trace requirements.
Providers such as Cognex, Optel Vision, and Laetus have leveraged inspection technology in offering track and trace solutions.
Cognex’s In-Sight Track and
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Tube Feeding Added To Combo Feeder

The Elizabeth Companies (www.eliz.com) has added a tube feeder distribution format to its Combo Feeder solution. The “Quad-Combo” Feeder incorporates tube filling, brush box, static chute, and vibrating ramp formats on a common base.
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Plumbing Depths In Rigid Trays

Structures address performance and cost, as designers focus on efficient assembly and end use.
As film manufacturers introduce alternative materials and structures for rigid trays, thermoformers are focusing on end-user preferences for simplified packaging.
Materials and structures that are durable, clear, free of cosmetic defects, and flexibly thermoformed are addressing OEM requirements for high performance and cost effective solutions.
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Prent Targets Costs With New Material For Rigid Trays

 
Prent Corp. (www.prent.com) has announced the availability of a new medical-grade thermoform rigid packaging material developed to help customers’ reduce costs.
A styrenic-based, blended material, Medex641 provides an alternative to polyester, XT Polymer, and polycarbonate for rigid tray packaging.
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Tritan Studies Underway

 
Medical device manufacturers are currently evaluating Eastman Tritan copolyester MP100 for a number of rigid medical packaging applications. Eastman’s main focus at its Medical Design & Manufacturing West 2011 press conference was its newest product in the Tritan copolymer family for renal devices. However, the company reported that packaging evaluations are underway on a number of fronts.
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Planning for Growth

A focus on growth segments by contract packagers includes emerging formats catering to convenience.
Contract packagers have devised support for brand companies’ new product launches and packaging strategies for mature products, while establishing capacity for promising generic and OTC markets.
Stick packs are among emerging formats with promise for pharmaceutical companies looking to differentiate their brands in crowded fields and capture consumer loyalty.
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Ruspak Gains Clients With Flexible Response and Cost Control

Ruspak (www.ruspak.com) has captured business with a quick response focus on customers’ packaging requirements and shipment timelines. For blister packaging of OTCs for a Polish distributor, the Lyons, NY-based contract packager recently added an EU-certified clean room with a blister line producing “soldier packs” for shipment abroad.
“Outstanding customer service is our priority.
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