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Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News, September/October 2015

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pmpnews.com • Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News September/October 2015 24 Blister Packaging E ssentra has developed the capability to print on cold- form blister material. "Our a b i l i t y t o s e c u r e l y p r i n t on this material allows our clients to print patient-critical infor- mation on an element of the blister pack that is not damaged or compro- mised during use," reports Ian Lemon, Essentra's global category manager for healthcare & personal care. "The potential benefits for users to assist compliance or to avoid medicines being taken in error are clear." Essentra is using flexography to print the aluminum-based laminate blister packaging film. "We are in a position to provide this print service across a number of cold-form mate- rial specifications," says Lemon. "The principal specification that we can supply is the one most commonly deployed in the pharmaceutical indus- try: Polyamide (25 microns)/Alu (45 micron)/PVC (60 micron)." Lemon adds that "an ink chemis- try appropriate for the intended use in pharmaceutical packaging applica- tions has been developed and is used to deliver strong anchorage to the laminate." Plain laminate is bought from a range of accredited suppliers, and printing is performed in a cleanroom environment "delivering the high lev- els of hygiene assurance required by customers," he says. "We can also provide customers a packaging solu- tion that maintains these cleanroom hygiene standards through the distri- bution chain and to the point of use." Printing is completed on the lami- nate reel before forming, he explains. "Forming of the material is completed by our clients in their blistering lines. No adjustments are required at our customer, and they can form in exactly the same way that they do with plain material. Our solution works on any equipment built for mechanically forming the laminate." Essentra will print and deliver the cold-form material according to cus- tomer requirements. "We partner with our customers to ensure that their defined communication objec- tives are met," says Lemon. "At pres- ent, the majority of executions are to brand the company or drug that will be accommodated within the cold form. We are however, work- ing in partnership with customers to develop solutions where added val- ue functionality, to improve patient communication or to develop brand authentication capability, can be delivered." When asked what challenges phar- maceutical or medical device manu- facturers face, Lemon says that "our clients need the assurance of consistent quality, functionality, and compliance with regulatory obligations. Our certi- fied manufacturing systems, based on a standard designed for the manufacture of packaging materials intended for pharmaceutical and medicinal prod- ucts, facilitates production to deliver to the consistent standards required by our clients." 0 Printing Cold-Form Blister Material Essentra's solution works on any equipment built for mechanically forming the aluminum-based laminate blister packaging flm. By Daphne Allen Editor Users can form the printed cold-form blister material in exactly the same way they would form plain material, reports Essentra.

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