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[ Technology ] June 2014 • Tube News 9 Protecting Pharmaceuticals A new airless tube greatly limits air ingress. A t I n t e r p h e x 2 0 1 4 , C l a r i a n t Healthcare Packaging showcased a new tube resulting from a col- laboration with Pumpart System called Tubairless. Developed to protect sensi- tive pharmaceutical cream-based formu- las, the tube features airless dispensing capabilities. " T h e i n d u s t r y i s i n t e r e s t e d i n improving the passive barrier of pack- aging," says Mark Florez, marketing & communications manager, Clariant Healthcare Packaging. Many medicat- ed creams, ointments, gels, and pastes are susceptible to moisture gain or loss as well as certain types of contamina- tion, according to a statement from Clariant. Tubairless consists of an air cham- ber and a soft plastic pouch sealed within a flexible tube. "The mechani- cal functionality of the tube limits flow back and greatly limits the amount of air ingress into the tube," Florez says. Further protection can be achieved with multiple protective barriers or active layers built into the package. Brand owners may find Tubairless cost effective when compared with other systems. For instance, the tube consists of only three parts compared with up to 20 in a piston pump system. In addition, Tubairless uses 25–50 percent less plas- tic than conventional airless tube pumps do, Clariant added. Studies have found that users appre- ciate the dispensing control afforded by the tube, which dispenses doses with- out unexpected release or splashing, Clariant stated. "The Tubairless design appeals to both healthcare providers and patients," stated Elisa Le Floch, Pharm.D., Clari- ant Healthcare Packaging business development manager. "It not only can help address preservation issues as formulators look for ways to reduce or eliminate preservatives from formula- tions, but also can improve patient com- pliance with a user friendly experience." Nearly complete product evacua- tion is possible—at least 95 percent. For details, visit www.healthpack. ■ Studies have found that users appreciate the dispensing control afforded by the tube, Clariant reported. Tubairless allows nearly 95% product evacuation from the tube. ES443835_TN1406_009.pgs 05.22.2014 22:29 UBM black yellow magenta cyan

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