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Page 23 of 43 • Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News May/June 2015 24 Cartons & Labels Can Cartons and Labels Come to Your Rescue? New solutions for damage, tampering, and migration are underway. by Daphne Allen Editor S truggling with damage in tran- sit? Need tamper evidence for parenterals? Concerned about extractables or leachables? Two Interphex exhibitors ofered solutions to such concerns. DAMAGE If your glass bottles, vials, or other con- tainers are continuously showing up bro- ken at their destinations, Victor Dixon, President & COO of Rondo-Pak (www., may have a solution. Rondo-Pak just debuted Safepack to provide shock and vibration resistance. "The carton has a built-in partition inside that expands all around the product, and it can be configured for more than one unit if needed," Dixon explains. It also features "autoactuating" cushion flaps on its top and bottom flaps. Safepack reportedly can protect against severe impact and provides higher crush resistance than standard cartons, the company reports. "Compa- nies traditionally use materials such as foam, cotton, pillow packaging, or plas- tic clamshells to provide extra protec- tion," says Dixon. "Safepack offers an 100% recyclable paperboard alternative that inherently increases the protection of the product while reducing the com- plexity of the supply chain significantly." The double-walled carton can be erected with standard cartoning equipment. And the design "doesn't slow down the line," adds Rick Leppert, VP of global business development. "Adding other protection features could impact line efciency." Rondo-Pak can test carton designs during trials on equipment provided by its sister company Mediseal under Körber Medipak Systems NA Inc. And while Safepack could be configured with a longer design to accommodate prefilled syringes, other partitioned protective car- tons can be developed to be used with Dividella's top-loading machines. TAMPERING Shrink sleeves are frequently used to provide a tamper-evident overwrap on bottles and vials. Given the use of heat during shrink-sleeve operations, heat- sensitive pharmaceuticals need another solution for tamper evidence. S c h r e i n e r M e d i P h a r m ( w w w . ofers Flexi- Cap as an alternative. The company cus- tom designs a label specifically for a given vial cap, and then the cap manufacturer forms and incorporates the label into the cap design. "The idea was inspired by caps used in the wine industry," says Gene Dul, President of Schreiner Medi- Pharm U.S. Schreiner MediPharm is working with machine applicators to make Flexi-Cap use as easy as possible, says Dul. Appli- cation involves positioning the film cap over the closed container and applying the label without covering the peel-open tab of an opening strip. Once the strip is opened, the bottom part of the cap, The double-walled Safepack can protect against severe impact, Rondo-Pak reports.

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