Peelable lidding for cancer drug wins Alufoil award

7 Apr 2014


 An Alufoil trophy in the category of Consumer Convenience has been won by Amcor EMEND® Tri-pack Formpack® with peelable lidding was awarded an Alufoil Trophy for its greatly improved openability and product protection. The product consists of a peelable lid blister pack, combining a lidding foil and a Formpack® coldformed bottom web, provided by Amcor Flexibles for Merck Sharp & Dohme Australia (MSDA).

The EMEND® Tri-pack Formpack® with peelable lidding is used for medication to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by certain anticancer medicines. Due to the aluminum foil in both the lid and bottom web, the blister provides total barrier protection. It is also easier to handle for the patient, eliminating the risk of losing or damaging the capsules, which was an issue with the previous pack format, a larger walleted tri-pack that required the patient to push the tablet through the blister pack lidding for access. As a result of the change, MSDA has seen a dramatic reduction in the number of impacted products found by patients, helping to reduce costs, while increasing the   drug’s efficacy.

Speaking about the award, head of the judging panel Dr Mark Caul, Technical Manager for Packaging at Tesco explained, “This particular drug needs to be available when the patient is probably in some distress, so making it easier to access is a major benefit. Also, with an ageing population any format which helps people with less dexterity is very positive.”

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