Child-resistant (CR) packaging can help prevent unintended child poisoning and save lives. In the pharmaceutical industry, many drug producers do not want to wait for continent-wide or even worldwide regulations. Instead, they are already actively looking for suitable solutions. However, it is not always necessary to develop a completely new concept.
Small modification, large effect
Experienced suppliers like German closure specialist Sanner can help pharmaceutical companies optimize their existing packaging solutions with only a small modification. Sanner disposes of long-term market experience and has transparent production and quality management processes installed, which ensure regulatory compliance, as well as comprehensive documentation and reproducibility of the CR features.
Combination of strength and cognitive component
When developing CR packaging, two aspects should be taken into account – purely “mechanic”, that is force-related safety, as well as the cognitive component. On the one hand, a learning effect is required, for instance when a closure can only be opened through a certain sequence of movements. On the other hand, the force needed to open a package is just as important.
Apart from the push/turn version commonly used for large tablet containers in North America, there are numerous further possibilities to make primary plastic packaging child-resistant through a combination of movements, like the “press-in push-up®” mechanism of Sanner’s CR-FlipTop. This innovative packaging for tablets and capsules with an integrated desiccant mechanism combines maximum child safety with easy handling and a cap design that attracts attention at POS.
“As easy as possible, as difficult as needed”
This motto brings it to the point: CR packaging should be designed to protect children from unintentional ingestion of medication, yet at the same time it must ensure that patients have easy access to the content. Especially for senior citizens, easy handling of the opening and closing mechanism is paramount.
For instance, two pressure points that are incorporated into the closure enable grown-ups to easily open this self-explanatory packaging. Children, however, find it difficult, especially because the push movement is followed by a tipping movement. This way, relatively simple changes to a packaging can ensure additional safety. In the past years, Sanner has developed a number of solutions and introduced them to the market. They not only show how important child-resistant packaging is. They also prove that safety and user-friendliness can be combined without much effort.