People who use eye drops know how difficult they are to put in safely without assistance. Sometimes the small sized eye drop bottles can also be difficult to open. Gerresheimer’s packaging experts have developed an application aid called DropAid to eliminate this problem. DropAid is an application aid for daily use. It helps dropper bottle users to open the bottle and, when placed on the bottle neck, it makes it easy and simple to positioning the dropper correctly above the eye.
“We put ourselves in the shoes of the person who has to use the eye drops and considered how we could make it easier to use. That’s how we came up with this small but extremely useful DropAid that we’d like to recommend to all our customers who manufacture eye drops. It will also help them to ensure better compliance in the medications,” said Niels Düring, Global Senior Vice President Plastic Packaging at Gerresheimer.
DropAid is incredibly easy to use, so it’s ideal for senior patients and children. It has a circular aperture which fits perfectly onto the eye drop bottle top and helps to open it with very little effort or pressure. If DropAid is placed vertically on the bottle neck with the crescent part clipped onto the open bottle, it can be rested firmly on the side of the eye so that the correct number of drops can be given.
DropAid fits “System A Dropper Bottles” for ophthalmic applications. Gerresheimer’s products for ophthalmic and nasal applications include LDPE, HDPE, PP and other materials for bottles and droppers and CLC bottles. For ophthalmic Gerresheimer also produces lens cases, bottles for nasal sprays with nebulizer or pump systems. Further materials, sizes and designs are also available, and the range includes child-resistant and senior-friendly closures.
Gerresheimer adapts its eye drop bottle to new FDA requirements
Gerresheimer is one of the world’s leading suppliers of plastic eye drop bottles. It recently modified the closure system on its Type A dropper bottle to the FDA’s new requirements. Now the tamper evident ring stays firmly affixed to bottle once it has been opened.
The tamper evident ring is important because it tells the user that the product hasn’t been opened since filling. This guarantees that the bottle contains the original pharmaceutical and that nobody else has previously opened or used it. Although that’s important with all medications, it’s particularly important with eye drops, which shouldn’t be administered if they are contaminated. “Sometimes it’s the little ideas that make a big improvement to a product,” said Marek Misczcak, Head of Research & Development at Gerresheimer and primary packaging expert for ophthalmic applications. “Before the modification, the tamper evident rings were loose on the bottle neck after opening. Unless the user removed the ring, it constituted a potential hazard. That’s why fixing the tamper evident ring in place is a good idea that improves safety.” None of the other eye drop bottle specifications have changed.