Bottles

New Force in Contract Packaging

Four contract packaging and repackaging companies in the pharmaceutical industry have joined forces to create a new, single-source service provider, Aphena Pharma Solutions (www.aphenapharma.com).

Aphena is a new corporation based on a strategic alliance among Celeste Contract Packaging, PrePak Systems, TestPak, and Integrated Pharmaceutical Packaging.

Oystar Bundles U.S. Business

The Oystar Group has bundled its U.S. business under a single corporate umbrella. With immediate effect, the previous U.S. subsidiaries Oystar Jones (Covington, KY), Oystar USA (Edison, NJ) and Oystar Packaging Technologies (Davenport, IA) will now have a uniform corporate appearance as “Oystar North America.”
 

Taking out Bottle Costs

Suppliers create value with lightweighting and SKU management programs.

As sensitive ethical and OTC ingredients are driving interest in bottle barrier technology, driving cost out of containers is an ongoing priority for customers.
Though proprietary cap and bottle systems have come to market in recent years offering novel safety and convenient opening features, standard designs are open to reevaluation.
An innovative twist on an old standard can capture consumer loyalty while holding container costs in check.
Lightweighting is another option for cost control.
 

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Alpha Packaging Plans New Bottle Options

Alpha Packaging (www.alphap.com) has continued its growth track with the purchase of Progressive Plastics (Cleveland, OH) a manufacturer of PET, HDPE, PP, and PVC containers.
Acquired in September 2010 by Irving Place Capital, Alpha has quadrupled in size over the past decade through acquisitions and organic growth to a $138 million company with seven plants.
 

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TricorBraun Modernizes Sore Throat Spray Bottle

Updated packaging for Chloraseptic Sore Throat Spray won a silver award in the health and beauty category at the New Jersey Packaging Executives Club’s 32nd Annual Package of the Year Awards.
Prestige Brands had approached TricorBraun (www.tricorbraun.com) in July 2008 looking to revitalize the look of the leading OTC. “The challenge was to update the design from the recognized triangular shaped bottle while retaining consumer recognition and meetings today’s retail shelf demands,” says Jennifer Nicosia, packaging consultant, TricorBraun.

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TricorBraun Modernizes Sore Throat Spray Bottle

Updated packaging for Chloraseptic Sore Throat Spray won a silver award in the health and beauty category at the New Jersey Packaging Executives Club’s 32nd Annual Package of the Year Awards.

Prestige Brands had approached TricorBraun (www.tricorbraun.com) in July 2008 looking to revitalize the look of the leading OTC. “The challenge was to update the design from the recognized triangular shaped bottle while retaining consumer recognition and meetings today’s retail shelf demands,” says Jennifer Nicosia, packaging consultant, TricorBraun.

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Tech Corner: Unexpected Turn of Events

A leachable’s presence changes one company’s label choice but may have wider implications.

While studying drug compound stability for one of its customers, Metrics Inc. scientist Deanna Williamson found an unexpected leachable on one drug product: methylbenzophenone, a chemical commonly used as a photoinitiator in UV light-cured varnishes for labeling. Her discovery has since raised questions about the use of this particular label-and-bottle combination as well as the need for greater testing sensitivity when analyzing drug stability.

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Comar Expands Oral Dispenser Line

Comar, Inc. (Buena, NJ) announced the expansion of their Oral Dispenser line with a 0.5mL and 20mL Dispenser. The addition of the two new sizes will allow Comar to expand its presence in new markets including the hospital and the adult liquid markets.

The current line consists of a 1mL, 3mL, 5mL and 10mL dispensers and a complete line of accessories including a 20mm, 24mm, 28mm and 33mm “press in” Bottle Adapters and Tip Covers, including a “No Choke” design recommended for home use in preventing accidental ingestion by little mouths.

Pill Timer Addresses Adherence

Rexam Pharmaceutical Packaging and Med Time Technology Inc. team up to provide pharmacists with an innovative way to remind customers to take their medication on time. The Pill Timer will soon be available as a result of an agreement between Med Time Technology and Rexam Plastics, the largest manufacturer of plastic prescription vials in the United States.

Whole Foods Market Institutes New Sustainable Packaging Guidelines for All Body Care and Supplement Suppliers

Whole Foods Market reports that it has implemented new responsible packaging guidelines for all body care and supplement suppliers. As part of the change, the company has switched to post-consumer recycled (PCR) content bottles for several of its store-brand supplements and body care products.

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