2009 HCPC Compliance Package of the Year Competion*

The Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council has announced the opening of its competition for the 2009 HCPC Compliance Package of the Year Awards.

Entries will be accepted November 15 - March 15, 2010, and scholarship funds will be contributed to schools of packaging by the HCPC and Canon Communications based on designations by the Award winners.

Each year the HCPC solicits entries from the pharmaceutical industry for consideration in its Compliance Package of the Year competition to determine unit dose packages that are best designed to optimize patient compliance. While there is no fee or other monetary requirements to participate, qualifying packages for the Compliance Package of the Year category must: 1) be in a unit dose format; 2) have at least one compliance-enhancing feature; 3) have been commercially available - anywhere in the world - at some point during 2009; and 4) not require drug products to be repackaged by patients.

The 2009 Awards will also include a category for Innovative Design that includes non-commercially available formats. Qualifying entries for the Innovative Design category must still be a unit dose format, have at least one compliance-prompting feature, and not require repackaging by consumers.

A panel of judges will review each qualifying package and - based on numerical scores awarded by the judges - one package will be named HCPC's 2009 Compliance Package of the Year, and three other packages will be declared first runner-up, second runner-up and most innovative package of the year based on judge's scores. Designers of all four packages will be asked to designate scholarship funding provided by the HCPC and Canon Communications.

Each winning entry will also be honored at the HCPC's annual National Symposium on Patient Compliance and will receive publicity within the Council's magazine, Unit Dose Alert, and coverage by the trade press. All qualifying entries will also be displayed at the HCPC booth during trade events over the next twelve months.

Full details and an official entry form can be found on the “Competition” page of the HCPC website: www.unitdose.org .
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