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Printer News - November 2012

November 2012
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Ecoslide-RX Implemented at Walmart

NEWARK, N.J.—Ecoslide-RX, a pharmaceutical compliance package that is more environmentally sustainable than traditional packs, will soon be available in Walmart's pharmacies. Introduced in late 2011 by Keystone Folding Box Company, a New Jersey-based manufacturer of paper-based packaging solutions, Ecoslide-RX is senior-friendly and achieves the highest-possible standards of child-resistance (F=1 rating), keeping at a premium both customer safety and ease-of-use.

"At Walmart, we are dedicated to quality patient care and have proven that adherence packaging assists in these endeavors," said Sandy Kinsey, vice president of pharmacy merchandising for Walmart.

Ecoslide-RX is a solution for prescription products, physician's samples, and clinical trial materials. It offers large, easy-to-read type on all sides and clear, simple opening instructions. Other benefits include:

  • Ease of opening—The simple, child-resistant locking mechanism opens by a thumb press on a release button located on the corner of the carton's front panel. Inside the outer carton is a film/foil, push-through blister card that slides out when the CR lock is released.
  • Compliance and safety—Ecoslide-RX offers the full range of compliance and safety benefits that top-rated blister packages enjoy over bottles, including a greatly diminished risk of contamination from dropping, spilling, or moisture; increased compliance via a pill reminder/weekly calendar; and additional printing space enabling large, bold labeling—important for any visually impaired consumers.
  • Ease of storage/transport—Compared to amber vials, Ecoslide-RX is more stackable in medicine cabinets and convenient for use in purses and suitcases.

Sealant Technology

ADDISON, Ill.—Rollprint Packaging Products, Inc. has introduced a color-changing sealant technology for heat-seal applications. The coextrusion-coated sealant can be applied to any thermally-stable web including polyester, nylon, and polypropylene, or on any of the company's ClearFoil® barrier structures. Chevron pouches and lidding materials for trays are expected to be the first commercialized applications.

The technology has been engineered to allow a film of one color to transfer a peel indicator of a different color providing strong visual indication that a package has been opened. The objective is to enhance product security and help deter counterfeiting in a cost-effective manner. The sealant, which is applied across the entire web, can accommodate many color combinations to help support branding initiatives.

 

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