The advent of Touch & Talk’s packaging compliance calendar

By Gareth Macdonald

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Related tags: Pharmacology, Packaging

US firm Touch & Talk Software (TTS) hopes that compliance benefits offered by its new automated ProPacker 30CP calendar blister packaging system will be attractive to clinical trials companies and contract packagers alike.

According to Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (HCPC) data, non-compliance causes the death of 342 US citizens every day, around 125,000 a year, and costs the economy $1bn annually.

Furthermore, 10 per cent of hospital admissions and 23 per cent of those to nursing homes are the result of patient non-compliance.

As a result the drug regulators and the pharmaceutical industry have tasked packaging makers to develop new ways that make it easy to take drugs both in the clinic and during clinical trials.

While several solutions have emerged in recent years, no one compliance packaging has come to dominate the market, for a variety of factors.

John Harding, TTS project manager, argued that traditional 30 or 31 day compliance packages are both labour intensive and the packaging material costs can be very high.

He explained that the 30CP system is designed to provide “an alternative to the current high cost of manual packaging systems using cardboard 6"x9" packaging components that are hand assembled, filled and then heat sealed​."

The system is capable of packaging all of the industry standard blister package formats including 30/31 day calendar cards, Hospital Unit Dose (HUD), physician sample packages, OTC medications and unit dose strips using industry standard PVC and foil/paper combinations.

The platform is fully automated and includes a single colour printer that allows specific barcode placement including key information such as drug name, expiry date, lot number over each blister dose.

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