Watch the video on how the Locked4Kids package works and you’ll understand why this versatile package with interlocking components earned the Best of Show Award in the Drug and Pharmaceutical Category in the Institute of Packaging Professionals’ 2017 AmeriStar Package Awards Competition.
The package includes an outer paperboard carton, with a plastic tray loaded into the carton that locks into place. The tray holds product, such as blister-packed tablets and capsules. To access the product, the tray is pulled out from the carton like a drawer. To secure child safety this only works if the two tabs on the top of the carton are pressed simultaneously. These push points are located diagonally across each side of the carton, making it difficult for children to access the package, yet easy for adults.
Available for leasing, the Locked4Kids package was initially developed in 2013. Previously, the pack won the Package of the Year Award from the New Jersey Packaging Executives Club.
The Best of Show Award honors a package that surpasses all judging criteria and that judges unanimously rated “outstanding” in every category. According to a press release announcing the winners, “The AmeriStar judges were very impressed with this innovative way to make medicine packaging both child-resistant and senior-friendly.”
More than 80 packages for 12 category awards, four student awards and AmeriStar’s top three awards were considered by nearly 20 judges from various segments of the packaging industry, examining package innovation, product protection, economics, performance, marketing and environmental impact.