Unit Dose Packaging Buyer’s Guide


December 2020 - Vol.17 No. 12 - Page #28

Multi-Purpose Blisters from Medi-Dose

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.

  • From Medi-Dose, Inc / EPS, Inc

Solid and Liquid Unit Dose Packaging Machines from Euclid Medical Products

Euclid Medical Products provides solid and liquid unit dose packaging machines including the Cadet, Cadet Twin 2x2, and the “Speedy” Wet Cadet. The systems offer speed, durability, and non-fading thermal transfer printing. Able to produce up to 120 packages per minute, units that are properly maintained can last for more than 20 years. Euclid’s easy-to-clean, stainless steel tabletop devices are cost-effective and durable.

  • From Euclid Medical Products

PillPick from Swisslog

PillPick from Swisslog provides unit dose packaging, storage, and dispensing, making it an automated solution, from manufacturers’ packaging to patient-specific dispensing. The system delivers medication safety by reducing human touches throughout the processes of packaging, dispensing, and returns. Secure medication loading enables elimination of pharmacist check upon dispense where allowed by state boards of pharmacy. PillPick’s PickView stores images of all medications packaged through the system for future verification. A single dose’s image can be retrieved at any time, enabling hospitals to provide documentation that the right drug was in the right package.

PillPick can store more than 50,000 unit doses, as well as support overwrapping larger items, such as vials and ampules. Two robots can run simultaneously, allowing for both multitasking and redundancy. Its patented PickRing organizes medication on a single ring for each patient; this can be loaded according to drug name or sequenced by administration time for ease of use by nursing.

  • From Swisslog

FastPak Elite from ARxIUM

The FastPak Elite premium packaging solution offers versatility and modular configuration to provide limitless drug formulary capabilities. Featuring smart canisters, which can be placed anywhere in the device, the FastPak Elite enables users to automate up to 100% of their solid oral medication fulfillment.

  • From ARxIUM

 


 

Lid-Label Covers from Medi-Dose

Clearly identifying medications requiring special handling, such as those covered by USP <800>, is important for the safety of health care staff and patients. In addition to its bright yellow Lid-Label Covers for its circular, oval, and MPB-Multi-Purpose Medi-Cup Blisters, Medi-Dose has added five additional brightly colored Lid-Label Covers—blue, red, orange, green, and pink—to call attention to specific classes of drugs. The labels can also help pharmacy clearly identify medications that require special handling, such as those covered by USP <800>. They provide a tamper-evident and moisture-resistant seal and are compatible with Medi-Dose’s MILT software, featuring 1D or 2D bar codes, graphics, special fonts, Tall-man lettering, shapes, logos, and symbols (such as biohazard, NIOSH, and more), to further highlight important dispensing information and minimize the potential for medication error.

  • From Medi-Dose, Inc / EPS, Inc

 

Axial from Euclid Medical Products

Euclid Medical Products offers Axial, a line of next-generation multi- and unit-dose adherence pouch packaging machines. With a small footprint (2’ x 2’) based on a new rotary design, these machines can package up to 65 packages per minute, utilize RFID smart canisters, and offer the ability to package and fill cannisters at the same time. With built-in dehumidifiers, the machines run on Euclid’s Vantage software platform, allowing integration into the pharmacy information system.

  • From Euclid Medical Products

ATP 2 from Parata Systems

The Parata ATP 2 is designed to simplify medication administration and improve adherence while being scalable to adapt to pharmacy’s needs. This automated tablet packager allows for both unit-dose and multi-medication packaging, with customizable printing features for four different pouch sizes. Users have the ability to add color, logos, bar codes, icons, and more for a custom branded look and feel. The pouches are designed to handle high-volume orders and reduce waste, and users can easily add rows of canister drawers as needed. As a scalable system, ATP 2 allows the pharmacy to maintain confidence in the functionality of its adherence packaging program.

  • From Parata Systems

Auto-Print from Medical Packaging Inc, LLC

The Auto-Print from Medical Packaging Inc is a bar coding packaging solution for oral solid medications that eliminates the need for manual packaging and sorting of medication. Designed for simple maintenance and easy operation, it assists the pharmacy in decreasing packaging costs, increasing operational efficiency, and reducing medication errors. The Auto-Print provides the capability to bar code and package tablets and capsules into unit dose at the rate of 60 packages per minute.

Also offered in stainless steel for use in cleanroom environments, additional functionality for specialized packaging includes the optional Oral Solid Feeder (OSF) attachment, adjustable variable length packaging option, and optional bar code verifier attachment. The system is powered by Pak-EDGE UD Barcode Labeling Software, capable of generating and printing all linear, 2D, and GS1 bar codes and offering advanced bar coding capabilities and configurations. The serialization packaging feature is standard, providing customers with the ability to print individual packages with a unique serial number and bar code in compliance with the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). With this system, pharmacy can benefit from current features and functionalities that contribute to efficient medication management and improved patient safety.

  • From Medical Packaging Inc, LLC

Steri-Dropper from EPS

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.

  • From Medi-Dose, Inc / EPS, Inc

Omnicell Medication Packager from Omnicell

The Omnicell Medication Packager, in conjunction with Omnicell’s inventory management software solutions, enables pharmacies to streamline the medication repackaging and dispensing process. Whether repackaging bulk oral solids or automating cabinet or patient fill orders, this system aims to improve productivity while reducing overall costs. Each unit-dose package is labeled and bar coded to ensure accuracy all the way to the patient bedside. An integrated dispensing tray supports half-tablets and low-volume medications.

Omnicell also offers a professionally managed, onsite packaging service that provides dedicated resources—including personnel, consumables, and technology—to conduct the bar code packaging of all unit dose medications. This turnkey solution is designed to work in conjunction with any hospital distribution model.

  • From Omnicell
 

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