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Blister Packaging: Catching Forming Issues Before You Fill and Seal

An inspection system uses light to check film material on the packaging line.

“Is your package in shape?” asks Christoph Lehmann, director, Visiotec GmbH.

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Trends in Blister Materials and Compliance Packaging

Suppliers report benefits to using wallets for promoting patient compliance, but they also offer alternatives. And others report shifts in blister materials.

Bud Ashmore, General Manager, Northeast for 3C! Packaging of Clayton, NC, an independent privately-owned pharmaceutical packaging solutions company, reports that the company has “done quite a bit of business in the physician’s samples sector with wallets, which are used in conjunction with blister film to create an economical, user friendly packaging solution.

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Supplying Packaging More Efficiently

In a distribution agreement, CCL Label Inc. and ACG Pharmapack look to tighten the supply chain.

Triple Play for Compliance Packaging

A brand and generic-drug manufacturer opts for daily blister cards for a new triple-combination therapy.

Pernix Therapeutics has selected compliance blister packaging for its ten-day, triple combination oral therapy for the treatment of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection and duodenal ulcer disease. Comprising omeprazole delayed-release capsules (20 mg), clarithromycin tablets (500 mg), and amoxicillin capsules (500 mg), the Omeclamox-Pak is the first triple combination medication indicated to eradicate symptoms of H. pylori in just ten days now available to patients, the company reports. Other treatments take up to 14 days.

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Almac Acquires Romaco Blister Technology

Almac announced it has expanded its MHRA/FDA-approved UK commercial  packaging facility with the acquisition of a state-of-the-art  Noack N 623 blister packaging line from Romaco.
The acquisition comes in response to growing client demand for enhanced flexibility related to larger blister sizes and innovative multi unit blister formats, coupled to a requirement for non permeability and enhanced environmental protection, particularly product humidity control, the company said in a press release.

Almac Installs Uhlmann Blister Line In New US Facility

Almac has acquired a state-of-the-art, high-speed blister line for their new 100,000 sq. ft. US commercial packaging facility in Audubon, PA. The versatile UPS 4 blister line from Uhlmann will process solid oral dose products, providing primary packaging into a range of materials including PVC, PVC/PVDC, Aclar and Alu/Alu.
 
Complete with an integrated C2206 cartoner, the line will provide a highly efficient packaging solution with an output of up to 12,000 blisters per hour - in a wide range of blister sizes.

Romaco Launches Blister and Micro Dosing Machines At Pharmtech 2011

On show at Pharmtech 2011 in Moscow, Russia, the blister packaging machine Noack N
921 boasts a packaging performance of up to 500 blisters a minute. The GMP-compliant Macofar Micro 18 micro dosing machine produces a maximum output of 18,000 vials an hour, the company said in a statement.
 
The main characteristics of the Noack N 921 are a minimum of required space and maximum efficiency. The rotary sealing machine features an ergonomic design with a length of less than four meters.

New Technology from Tekni-Films

Tekni-Films, a Tekni-Plex company, is relaunching its ALU-LOOK family of blister films designed to look like cold-formed foil. The PVC film can be laminated to PCTFE for moisture barrier and can incorporate EVOH for oxygen barrier protection, says Angela Roggenhofer, sales & marketing manager. “It mimics the visual of coldformed material but offers all the advantages of thermoforming. Companies can run this film without making major machinery modifications,” she says. The pigmented film also offers protection against UV and visible light.

More Than Machinery

A major generic drug maker had been relying on contract support for numerous products across a wide range of therapeutic areas, including niche, high-barrier-to-entry products that have limited competition and long life cycles. Given the number of different product lines, the company decided about five years ago that it was time to bring packaging in-house. 
 
In addition to efficient machinery, the company needed U.S.-based support providing OEM tooling capabilities, services, technicians, training personnel, and more.
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