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Unit Dose Packaging Makes Taking Medication A Breeze

Author : Georgia Landarie


Many people come into contact with unit dose packaging on a daily basis when taking allergy or pain relief tablets. Unit dose style packaging is a type of blister packaging because the plastic forms a mold around the medication inside. Pharmacies and medical suppliers are the most common consumer of unit dose packaging.

Medication tablets, lozenges, and pill capsules are all packaged using the unit dose packaging system. The plastic wells sealed with cold form foil protects the drugs from contaminants and improves the shelf life. The clear plastic and lid label covers allow the consumer and producer to easily identify the drug. A bar code can also be printed on packaging for purchase. Unit dose packaging systems are done by machines, decreasing the chance of contamination from workers and making the process faster and therefore less expensive. It is common for unit dose packaging to be used for long term care medications as well as single dose samples.

The machines that do unit dose packaging work in assembly line fashion. First, raw plastic material is fed into one side where it goes through a process to make it malleable and then it is pressed into a mold that matches the shape and size of the drugs that will be packaged inside. Next, the medication capsules are placed in each of the wells and finally a foil seal is adhered to the surface of the plastic. Depending on supplier preference, a bar code or medication name is printed on the lid label covers. The medication blister packs can be stacked and shipped without crushing or compromising the medication.

The benefits of using the blister unit dose packaging system is increased distribution time, decreased cost to package by limiting the number of workers needed, and ensuring the purity of the medication with sanitized machines. The clear plastic wells are perfect for distinguishing between different medication. The pharmacy is easily able to identify the type of drug inside without having to open the packaging. The form fill seals make tampering easy to spot and decrease the chance of contaminated drugs passing through quality checks. Bar codes allow for easy purchase right on the lid label covers, perfect for pharmacies or over the counter drug suppliers.

The reason that many consumers prefer their medication in unit dose packaging rather than in bottle or syrup form is because it makes it easier to keep track of your drug dosage and keeps it safe if kept in a purse or pocket. Medication is conveniently pressed though the foil and can be disposed of after use. Many hospital instruments also use medical packaging to keep them completely clean from contaminants. They use similar machines to unit dose packaging.

Medical packaging for surgical instruments differs slightly from unit dose packing because rather than a foil seal, they are usually encased in plastic adhered to paper. The plastic for medical packaging is normally flexible as well, rather than rigid like with unit dose packaging. Bar codes can still be printed on the exterior and they still protect the unit inside from contamination.

The main purpose of unit dose packaging is to protect the medication inside from damage and tainting. This is very important for the patients taking the medication that are likely to be highly susceptible to infection and disease.

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