The pouch, converted by Bemis and fitted with Presto’s CHILD-GUARD™ child-resistant (CR) slider closure, enables drug manufacturers to incorporate child resistance and high barrier into the secondary package. This lets the primary blister package use relatively low-cost, non-barrier materials without the added cost of child resistance at the tablet level. Unlike the carton, the CR 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 delivers the complete CR package. The CHILD-GUARD slider is extremely difficult for a child to open while concurrently being intuitive and easy to open for seniors. This is in contrast to many CR 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 moisture and oxygen barrier properties.
“This packaging format flips the value proposition for secondary packaging of blister packs on its head,” says Georgia Mohr, dir.-Pharmaceutical Packaging at Bemis Healthcare Packaging. “The traditional secondary blister package, which is a carton, does not have barrier or child resistance. 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. “There is no other product like it on the market,” says Brad Hansen, president of Presto Specialty Group, Reynolds Presto Products Co. “Today, each blister pack seen on a store shelf has the same basic carton over it.” The new pouch can also be converted with a peg hole for alternative merchandising options.
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