Forming Tactics for Blister Films

Barrier films can create line performance challenges.

In blister materials, pharmaceutical companies' first priority is protecting the product, and at the lowest possible cost. Material performance on the packaging line is another issue to be considered, with pharma firms focused on improving line uptimes and speed.

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Catalent Installs ZED Blister Card Sealer

Catalent Pharma Solutions (Somerset, NJ) has installed and qualified a ZED in-line blister card sealer at its Clinical Supply Services facility in Philadelphia that provides flexibility for both small and high-volume clinical trial packaging. The sealer automatically places blister cards and strips, deploying dual sealing stations that assist in cutting blister sealing time in half and speeding production.

Victory Pharma Debuts Naprelan Dose Card

Victory Pharma (San Diego) has launched the Naprelan Dose Card, an extension of its Naprelan franchise. The Dose Card provides a ten-day tapered dose regimen in a single blister pack. Three days of Naprelan therapy at the maximum daily dose of 1,500 mg (two 750 mg tablets) are followed by a taper to 1,000 mg per day (two 500 mg tabs) for an additional seven days of therapy. 

McKesson Automates Hospital Dispensing of Unit-Dose Blisters

McKesson has launched the PROmanager-Rx system for hospital pharmacy dispensing of product pre-packaged by manufacturers in unit-dose bar-coded format.

Unveiled this week at the 44th Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists in Las Vegas, the bar code-based robotic solution automates stocking, picking, and order verification at the pharmacy, eliminating the need for manual repackaging and verification.
“PROmanager-Rx is the first automated system that can directly dispense a manufacturer’s package with no additional packaging or labeling required by pharmacists or technicians,” says Jim Longo, senior product manager, McKesson Automation.
“We are bar-code scanning every dose to reduce medication picking errors, and improving efficiency by using the manufacturer’s packaging and automatically confirming the output,” Longo says.
“The system is incapable of restocking or dispensing the wrong medication because it is reading the bar code at each step,” he adds.

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Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council's 2008 Compliance Packages of the Year

Winners of the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council’s 2008 Compliance Package of the Year competition represent the best in design and innovation for unit-dose, compliance-style packages for pharmaceuticals, the group reports. The 2008 Compliance Package of the Year, the Prempro Starter Kit, combines four pouched blister physician samples with an assortment of support devices. The kit provides 20 days of therapy to help the patient acclimate to the dosing regimen.
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All-In-One Package Fights Retail Drug Pilferage

Colbert Packaging Corp. has introduced SecureOTC for over-the-counter medications. The patent-pending SecureOTC package features a blister card within an outer folding carton for an all-in-one packaging solution for tablets, capsules, vitamins, and other pills. The blister card is securely sealed within the outer carton to help prevent retail pilferage while promoting proper storage and usage of over-the-counter medications.

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Sepha Exhibits at Japanese Trade Show

Package testing company Sepha Ltd. (Belfast, Ireland) put its BlisterScan technology on display at Interphex Japan, held last week. The product showcase debuted Sepha’s leak-testing technology to the Japanese market.

Drug Packaging Demand to Reach $62.3 Billion Globally

Worldwide demand for pharmaceutical packaging is projected to increase 6.3% each year to reach US$62.3 billion in 2013, reports The Freedonia Group in a new study. The United States will remain the largest consumer of pharmaceutical packaging as its advanced drug-producing sector introduces new sophisticated therapies with specialized packaging needs, the report claims.

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