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Presto/Bemis: New Package Format For Blister Packaging

Adds new functionality and possibilities for retail and prescription oral drug packaging.

Adds new functionality and possibilities for retail and prescription oral drug packaging.
Adds new functionality and possibilities for retail and prescription oral drug packaging.

A new packaging format aims to provide drug manufacturers with a novel variation on the traditional blister pack that offers new functionality and possibilities for retailers.

Resulting from a collaboration between Presto Products Company and Bemis Healthcare Packaging, this new format features a flexible pouch instead of the customary paperboard carton used as secondary packaging for blister packs.

The pouch is converted by Bemis and fitted with Presto’s CHILD-GUARD™ child-resistant slider closure, enabling drug manufacturers to incorporate child resistance and high barrier into the secondary package. This allows the primary blister package to utilize relatively low cost, non-barrier materials without the added cost of child resistance at the tablet level.

Unlike the carton, the child-resistant pouch offers ongoing value to protect pills stored in medicine cabinets or tucked into a purse or pocket.

Combined, the proven technology behind CHILD-GUARD and strength properties of the pouch deliver the complete child-resistant package.

The CHILD-GUARD slider, said to be the first of its kind, is difficult for a child to open while concurrently being intuitive and easy to open for seniors. This is in contrast to many child-resistant options on primary blister packs, which are typically difficult for seniors to open.

Meanwhile, the pouch is constructed from aluminum foil-based laminated film, providing excellent moisture and oxygen barrier properties.

The traditional secondary blister package, which is a carton, does not have barrier or child resistance, according to the suppliers. With a reclosable, child-resistant pouch capable of high-level barrier properties, there are new possibilities for differentiation, both in the pharmacies as well as on retail shelves.

For over-the-counter products, the new packaging type can set itself apart. The new pouch can also be converted with a peg hole for alternative merchandising options. This format provides an opportunity to present a package differently on the shelf while still having the possibility to use conventional shelving approaches.The billboard for printing a pouch offers the ability to incorporate additional content and facilitate new branding approaches.

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