When it comes to pharmaceutical products, the most essential thing that needs to be addressed the packaging, over the year’s package development has come a long way. There have of course been some very prominent cases of pharmaceutical tampering over the years. Now with the development and advancement of tamper-resistant packaging, along with the legal regulations that accompany them, this is soon to become a thing of the past.
What is tamper-resistant packaging?
Tamper-resistant packaging is often confused with tamper-evident packaging. The two are, in fact, completely different. Tamper-resistant packaging is required by law for most pharmaceutical products, and they, in fact, dependant on the drug, require two forms of tamper-resistant packaging. Each of the following tamper-resistant packaging options needs to be paired with a second measure. This measure should be along the lines of a statement like “If the seal is damaged, do not use.”
- Sealed metal canister
- Breakable ring cap
- Aerosol container
- Blister packets
Form of security
The main thing that is achieved from tamper-proof packaging is security and peace of mind. The sole purpose of the packaging is primarily to ensure that the product reaches its destination in the intended condition.
Tamper-resistant packaging may contain the most basic of security measure, but as with most things, simple can generally be the most effective. The security on this packaging is typically a lightweight, yet durable seal that is easily identified as broken.
To show that the product has not been infected in any way.
As tamper-resistant packaging is most noticeably used with pharmaceutical products. Pharmaceutical packaging and its seals will not only prevent any infection of cross-contamination, they will almost certainly be a risk should any of the sealant be broken.
One of the most famous cases that saw the use of tamper-resistant package increase was the leptospirosis scare in the early 90s. Suddenly drinks manufacturers started using tamper-resistant packaging in their droves. This was simple to reduce the risk of any infection to the product.
Unbelievably to some, the use of tamper-resistant packaging has helped to minimise counterfeiting of products the world over. The packaging itself, as we have mentioned, created an external seal around the product. The seal ensures a product cannot be liberated from its source, duplicated and then returned.
One of the most essential uses for tamper-resistant packaging has been its use in many distribution and production company’s quality control procedures. Quality control is, of course, one of the most essential things in any business, so ensure the quality and consistency of the products is vital.
Companies that do not use tamper-resistant packaging often find that their product can fall victim to animal tampering, destruction and even contamination. Overall, the introduction of the packaging also helps along the way to maintaining profit as well as the product.
When it comes to tamper-resistant packaging, the laws need to be met, but only when dealing with pharmaceuticals. The use of tamper-resistant packaging should, however, be encouraged throughout all business as it’s benefits are endless.