Special PP&P Buyer's Guide: Unit Dose Packaging


December 2019 - Vol. 16 No. 12 - Page #16

Medical Packaging Inc (MPI)’s Fluidose Series 5H is an automated, bar coding packaging solution for unit dose oral liquid medication that supports the efficient management of medication to provide enhanced patient care and safety. It can produce up to 22 unit dose packages per minute, depending on the fill rate and viscosity of oral liquid medication. The system utilizes FDA-approved, high-density polyethylene (HDPE) unit dose cups available in a variety of color selections and four standard sizes: 7 mL, 15 mL, 25 mL, and 35 mL.

The Fluidose Series 5H is powered by MPI’s exclusive Pak-EDGE UD Barcode Labeling Software, which can generate and print all linear, 2D, and GS1 bar codes; offers advanced bar coding capabilities; and contains a serialization feature. Touchscreen controls are easily accessible to manage packaging operations, including setting volume limits, sealing temperature, draw/dispense rates, and pump/index dwells. The solution complies with regulations applicable to all classes of trade for dispensing oral liquid medication. Additional options include 2D bar code scanners for scanning bulk medication.

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Health Care Logistics (HCL) offers complete unit dose solutions, manual and automated, aiming to satisfy both the liquid and solid unit dose needs of its customers. Through automation, users can reduce the time it takes to package and label medication. As part of HCL’s partnership with Euclid Medical Products, a leader in automated unit dose packaging solutions for hospital pharmacies and long-term care facilities, all the necessary equipment is available from one source, eliminating multiple purchase orders and multiple shipments.

In addition, goHCLabels, the online pharmacy drug labeling division of HCL, is compatible with all Euclid products. The program is free to download and includes a library of predefined templates. Allowing users to create, modify, save, and print labels, the system also offers a Web-based drug library to meet medication labeling needs. The system is designed to promote accuracy and inventory control.

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Precision Dose announces a new addition to its current line of children’s acetaminophen oral suspension unit dose cups and pre-filled oral syringes, acetaminophen oral suspension, which comes in 650 mg/20.3 mL unit dose cups. All Precision Dose acetaminophen products, including dye-free, are grape flavored and individually bar coded. Items are readily available for purchase through an authorized wholesale distributor. The NDC is 68094-0030-62.

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Medi-Dose introduces bright yellow Lid-Label Covers for use with circular and oval Medi-Cup Blisters. The covers help pharmacy clearly identify medications that require special handling, such as those covered by USP <800>. Like all of Medi-Dose’s Lid-Label Covers, they provide a tamper-evident and moisture-resistant seal. Compatible with MILT software, 1D or 2D bar codes, graphics, special fonts, tall-man lettering, shapes, logos, and symbols (such as bio-hazard, NIOSH, and more), the covers can be utilized to further highlight important dispensing information and minimize the potential for medication error.

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EPS offers a 10-pack configuration for all four sizes of its Steri-Dropper sterile ophthalmic dispensing containers. The 10-pack features an ergonomically designed tray with each of the components (bottles, tips, and caps) separated for convenience. The new configuration helps users control costs when preparing sterile solutions in adherence with USP <797> and other current guidelines, even while packaging larger runs.

All four sizes of Steri-Dropper bottles, in both the original 2-pack and new 10-pack design, are manufactured from a zinc stearate-free resin, minimizing the risk of particulate forming in solutions with certain ophthalmic preparations.

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Medi-Dose’s Multi-Purpose Blisters (MPBs) allow users to easily package, label, and secure a variety of sizes and types of medications, including large medication, compounded and USP <800> drugs, double- and triple-0 capsules, unit-of-use packaging, repacked medications, suppositories, and more.

All MPBs are tamper-evident, moisture-resistant, and ultraviolet inhibitant. Each blister has a 2” x 2” label and is available in either 1-1/4” or 5/8” depths to suit various packaging and storage requirements. Flexible label formatting of the MPB labels is compatible with Medi-Dose’s MILT software.

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American Health Packaging provides access to unit dose products in support of hospital patient safety and pharmacy efficiency initiatives. With a portfolio of nearly 500 pre-packaged, bar coded, unit dose oral solids, AHP continues to expand its offering of liquid unit dose cups to meet the evolving needs of pharmacies nationwide. Products come in multiple pack sizes, providing pharmacies with added flexibility in managing local inventory while allowing staff to rest assured of reliable access to needed treatments.

Liquid unit dose cups feature pull-tab labels to promote efficiency during opening and product administration. Thick-gauge cups offer label seal integrity to aid in avoiding costly damage and cleanup. Legible labels help pharmacy staff select the correct product from the shelf, while thoughtfully designed storage trays are designed to occupy limited pharmacy shelf space. Currently featuring 18 SKUs, with plans to expand in the future, AHP’s liquid unit dose cups are available through partner wholesalers and GPOs.

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Axial from Euclid Medical Products is a line of next-generation, multi-dose adherence pouch packaging machines with the ability to produce unit-dose and/or multi-dose medications. Featuring a compact footprint (2’ x 2’), it can package up to 65 packages per minute, and with RFID smart cannisters, users can package and fill cannisters at the same time. Featuring a built-in dehumidifier, the machines run on Euclid’s Vantage software platform and can be integrated into the pharmacy information system.

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PillPick from Swisslog is a fully integrated pharmacy automation system that delivers ready-to-administer unit dose medications for dispensing in patient-specific rings. Robotic automation picks and packages pills, dispensing them in patented, tagged rings to eliminate errors, improve patient safety, and drive workflow efficiency throughout the complete process. Its design consists of two robots, supporting task redundancy and productivity.

Other system advantages include serialization, as the PillPick system encodes each bag with a unique serial number and associated NDC to make a Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) compliant Product Identifier. The overwrap module automates unit dose packaging and bar coding of bulky containers and non-solids for improved control and traceability. In addition, the system automatically verifies packaging accuracy and stores images of each unit dose with the PickView Vision System.

PillPick is part of an integrated solution that controls and manages medication from wholesaler to patient. Swisslog solutions for medication packaging, storage, and dispensing are inspired by the need for safer medication distribution practices to reduce the risk of dispensing and administering the wrong medication and to create a more efficient pharmacy workflow.

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