Child-resistant (C-R) packaging, also referred to as “special packaging,” is used to reduce the risk of poisoning in children via the ingestion of potentially hazardous items including certain prescription and over the counter (OTC) medications, pesticides, and household chemicals. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has the authority to regulate C-R packaging via the Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA) which became effective in 1972.
Child resistant packaging is an essential criterion for highly potent pharmaceuticals. Newer child-resistant (CR) blister packs are being designed to peel more easily and is easier for manufacturers to effectively print the information required by law onto the packaging.
According to the PPPA, “The term “special packaging” means packaging that is designed or constructed to be significantly difficult for children under five years of age to open or obtain a toxic or harmful amount of the substance contained therein within a reasonable time and not difficult for normal adults to use properly, but does not mean packaging which all such children cannot open or obtain a toxic or harmful amount within a reasonable time.”
In the UK, the company Burgopack created a sliding C-Rblister pack as an example that can only be opened by applying pressure at two separate points on the packaging. The blister pack and information leaflets are placed with the outer box, and this ensures that the product is never separated from the packaging.
Also, a C-R peel-push lid stock was formulated to eliminate the frustration linked with hard-to-peel CR paper-based lid stock. The lid stock can be printed in a variety of colors to maximize brand identity on the packaging. When the use of paper layers isn’t necessary, the issues related to moisture absorption is diminished. This allows the product to be stored for a longer period of time.
Here’s a list of some of the products that require C-R packaging:
- iron-containing drugs and dietary supplements
- methyl salicylate
- OTC switch drugs
As a packager of pharmaceuticals, especially child resistant packaging, you are already aware that it is a highly regulated industry. The regulations change often, and it is imperative to stay on top of the changes.
At Griffin-Rutgers, we also stay abreast of the changes when it comes to the packaging and labeling systems that are available. Whether you are interested in in-line or off-line printers, we are here to get your system set up. Give us a call, and we will put a team on your job.