Marijuana Blister Packs: What are the Advantages?

Legal distributors of marijuana can benefit from placing the raw product (i.e. the flower of the plant comprised of “buds”) in marijuana blister packs. Below are four reasons why.

  1. Easy Dosage Control

When using marijuana for medicinal purposes having the drug packaged in a blister pack can help ensure the medication is divided in to proper dosage for the patient. A blister pack can neatly organize and help regulate doses so that a patient can easily see if they have taken their dose and if it is nearing time to refill their prescription.

  1. Simple to Remove

Marijuana blister packs are similar to other medicinal blister packs in that they can make blister contents exceptionally simple to remove.  Ease of use will make customers more inclined to return to your dispensary.

  1. Crucial Information

Not all marijuana is made equal. Sativa strains often produce a sense of energy, indica strains often produce a feeling of mind and body relaxation, and hybrids are created using sativa and indica strains to provide the best of both worlds.

So, it would be a good idea to tell people about the biopsychological traits of the plant they’re about to consume. Other important information includes: THC percentage, how long effects take to manifest, how long a single dosage produces therapeutic results, tips for getting the best results (smoking, vaporizing, cooking), and recommendations for safe storage.  Marijuana blister packaging would provide ample space for necessary content labeling.

About Drug Package   

For over 135 years, Drug Package has stayed on the cutting edge of medicine packaging technology. Today, staying on the cutting edge involves creating the best way to package marijuana products. Roughly 30 states and the district of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana, with some states approving recreational use, as well. A market is being created around legal marijuana, and we’re here to provide packaging options to legal sellers.

For more information about marijuana blister packs, labeling and other supplies, please call us today at (800) 325-6137, or send us an email through our contact form. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

Reasons to Choose Custom Blister Cards

Blister cards are common in the pharmaceutical industry because they offer an affordable safety measure for both over-the-counter products and customer prescriptions. The card consists of pre-formed plastic, which forms a cavity for holding the medicine. A seal derived from aluminum foil or plastic is then used to finish the packaging. This type of packaging protects the housed item from humidity, contamination, and tampering. Custom blister cards offer a number of additional benefits outside the typical reasons this option is chosen in the pharmaceutical industry.

A Few Good Reasons to Go Custom

Blister card solutions ordered from a provider are usually referred to as “stock packaging”. This is because the provider has a pre-printed design they sell to companies for housing a product. With stock designs, a label is often attached to show the company information. Standard options have limited design choices including only a few specific sizes and styles. They do not provide opportunities to add your company brand or to tailor the packaging to further meet customer needs.

Custom packaging has a unique design to assist with the storing, transportation, handling, and selling of a product. A tailor-made design also ensures that the packaging fits the merchandise precisely. With custom blister cards, the backing or seal, size, and counts can be tailored to meet more precise needs. For example, let’s say you want to add the company logo or a special column for customer medications, then custom blister cards are the easiest way to make it happen. This choice provides several benefits for both branding and customer satisfaction including:

  • Personalized Cards – The option allows you to add a logo, the company name, address, and special design features.
  • Wider Count Selection – With standard designs, card count selections are limited, Custom designs provide further options such as 28, 31, 62, or even multi-medication packs.
  • Choose from One or Two Pieces – Stock choices usually consist of two pieces (card and blister). Custom blister cards provide the option of one piece cards, which reduce required storage space as well as packaging time.
  • Various Sizes & Types – This option offers a larger number of choices including a variety of sizes, styles, and sealing options.

Beyond these unique benefits, custom blister cards provide better product protection, make it easier to manage doses, take up less storage space, and are easy to manage in a pharmacy environment. If you are looking for a personalized, custom blister card solution, the team at Drug Packing offers a number of possibilities to help you properly brand and disperse medications. Whether you are a pharmacy or pharmaceutical product provider, our team will help you get the best solution for your specific packaging needs. Give us a call today!

Personalized Blister Cards: A Few Uses Beyond the Pharmacy

As a seasoned supplier of blister packaging solutions, we often talk about blister packs from a pharmaceutical standpoint; specifically, how pharmacies can use our blister packs to promote medication adherence, expedite prescription dispensing, help reduce material costs, and realize other important benefits on both sides of the pharmacy counter.

However, dispensing medication to people at a pharmacy prescription pickup window isn’t the only thing you can do with our personalized blister cards. Your business or organization can also use these diverse, book-style cards in the following capacities, among several others.

  1. Storing Pet Medication

Medication can be as important to the health of pets as it is to the well-being of their owners. In fact, some animals take the same medications we do (tramadol for pain, for example). When medication is a life raft for a pet’s health, storing the medicine in blister packs has two of the same, corollary benefits as it does for humans: It makes the medicine easier to dose and track, which supports medication compliance that promotes a good health outcome.

  1. Storing Homecare Medication

Homecare medication is often used for hospice care, assisted living, and emergency pharmaceutical treatment (nitroglycerine for angina, for example). Especially in cases where a loved one or a nurse practitioner dispenses the medication, taking the medicine from a blister pack helps ensure that the right medicines and doses are consumed at the right time.

There’s no pill counting involved, and potentially mistaking one medication for another is all but eliminated. All the medication giver needs to do is refer to the correct blister based on the date and the time of day, remove meds from the blister, and administer them.

  1. Storing Diverse, Small Items

Our personalized blister cards are available with large blisters that are perfect for storing single, small items or multiple, small pieces. Some inventive ideas for using the blisters in this capacity are: storing confectionary treats in extra small servings for sugar restricted diets, providing a variety of small product samples, and storing small replacement parts for durable medical equipment. There are literally hundreds of options for storing small items in the blisters.

Getting Your Cards is Easy

Receiving personalized blister cards from Drug Package is simple and hassle-free. To place an order or request a quote, give us a call today at (800) 325-6137, or contact us here. We look forward to supporting your business operations by supplying best in class, customized blister cards that have various uses.

Medication Adherence Tools Help Keep Patients Safe

Medication adherence or the proper use of meds is often viewed as a personal choice. For some it could mean, not taking the dose at the defined time or with food and for others it might be taking too much at a time. Failure to adhere to the doctor’s or pharmacies orders can result in bigger problems. Those with a chronic condition could make it worse or develop other conditions. In the medical industry, non-adherence increases costs and for some patients has resulted in death.

A patient with a chronic health problem like cardiovascular disease must take the prescribed medicines at the defined time intervals and doses. If they miss a dose or do not take it at the required times throughout the day, their blood pressure will not be regulated properly thus making the condition worse. Patients often do not conform to the instructions on a prescription due to the following reasons:

  • Forgetting to take a dose.
  • Not sure it is working.
  • Not convinced of its effectiveness.
  • Do not want to experience side effects.
  • Find it difficult to take the medicine.
  • Unable to afford their medications.

For some, multiple barriers such as these are present and prevent them from being able to effectively take their medications over an extended period of time. Whatever the reason, an inability to do so or making these decisions without all the facts could result in harsh consequences.

What Tools Are at the Disposal of Pharmacies?

Medication adherence tools offer additional support when it comes to ensuring individuals are taking medicines as prescribed without missing doses. A wide range of solutions have been developed to assist in this area of the pharmaceutical industry. One of the most common medication adherence tools has been blister packs. This type of packaging is seen just about everywhere these days including toys, electronics, pencils, and medications.

Medication blister packs consist of a backing and plastic housing where the pills are separated by compartments. For shelf products, they have a certain pill count such as 32 or 72 and are sealed to prevent tampering. Pharmacists now use these items to package customer prescriptions as well. A blister pack may consist of enough medication for a single day, week, or month. Other medication adherence tools created by companies include:

  • Personalized Medication Packs
  • Pill Organizers
  • Automated Solutions
  • Dosing Alarms or Sensors

Pharmacists can also aid in this process by keeping drug regimens as simple as possible, taking measures to ensure 90-day supplies of medications, and offering lower cost substitutions. Customers must be educated about the importance of taking their medications how to properly take them. Blister packs provide an easy way to keep track of doses for customers and patients.

Custom blister designs also allow additional information to be placed on the package to promote adherence.  Blister cards help individuals take the required dose at the set intervals. They may be sealed by hand or machine and offer a variety of options regarding pill counts. If you are seeking ways to increase adherence, Drug Package offers several beneficial choices. Give us a call today to learn more about the products we offer!

How Can a Blister Pack Help Manage Medication?

When it comes to medication, a blister pack is a medication package that typically features multiple blisters, with pills placed inside each one. At first glance, using blister packaging to dispense medication may seem to like more of a hassle than using a conventional medication vial, but a blister pack can play an essential role in helping patients manage their medication regimen. The few minutes it may take to fill a blister pack saves time when many medications need to be taken. Below are a few examples of how a blister pack helps patients manage their medication.

Easy to Understand
Medication is organized so that each horizontal row holds each day’s pills in individual blisters. The blisters are then color coded for time of day, so the user knows when each pill is to be taken.

Easy to Remove Pills
Removing pills from a high-quality blister pack is as easy as removing them from a medication vial. All you need to do is puncture the backing that keeps the pill inside the blister. For some patient populations — especially the hand arthritis population — perforating the thin backing can be much easier than uncapping a pill vial and picking out pills.

Refill Reminders
Not getting refills on time is a major cause of medication non-adherence. Having a visual tool that shows how many days of medication remain make it much easier for patients and caregivers to recognize when medication needs to be refilled. Having such a refill remindes helps eliminate missed refills and keeps the patient on a dose schedule that offers the maximum health benefit.

Keeping Notes
A blister pack can also include a section for note taking. This is very beneficial for monitoring medication side affects and/or results. Keeping all pertinent patient medication information in one simple location can make for better communication between physicians and patients. Blister packs can help patients manage their medication more effectively, which ideally should produce better health outcomes.

Who We Are
In business for well over a century, Drug Package is a supplier of labeling solutions and medication containment solutions — such as blister packs and related products — to pharmacies, nursing homes, correctional facilities, assisted living, veterinarians, and other entities. We provide an exceptionally broad range of product options, many of which can be customized to meet your specific medication dispensing requirements.

To inquire about our blister pack solutions and other products, please give us a call today at (800) 325-6137, or request a quote conveniently online. We look forward to providing the best blister packs.

Is Your Pharmacy Carrying Blister Packaging for Medication Management?

According to a recent report from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “Medication taking is a complex, multi-dimensional behavior.” Seeing medication behavior in this light helps explain some troubling statistics for medication management that the FDA recorded in the same study. Using these statistics as a guide for improved medication management, pharmacies can support good health outcomes and reduce prescription errors that thwart positive outcomes.

  • Adherence to long-term therapy for chronic illnesses in developed countries averages only 50%.
  • Medication non-adherence leads to unnecessary disease progression and complications, avoidable hospitalizations, premature disability, a lower quality of life, and even death.
  • Non-adherence is the most common type of medication error studied in self-care settings [i.e., taking medication at home].

With these things in mind, one of the best strategies for improving medication management is dispensing medication in the form of blister packaging, particularly for populations that have difficulty using a conventional pill vial for one reason or another. The FDA recognizes the following important benefits of using blister packs to encapsulate medication in individual blisters, from which they can be removed day-by-day to achieve medication compliance.

  • Calendarized, unit-of-use blister packaging reduces non-adherence and other medication errors.
  • Unit-of-use blister packaging reduce errors.

When combined with the first set of statistics, these pieces of information paint a perfect picture of why your pharmacy should carry blister packaging for medication management, especially in terms of reducing errors, which can contribute to medication non-compliance.

Contact Drug Package
For 135+ years, Drug Package has provided best-in-class labeling solutions for pharmacies and an array of other organizations. In addition to selling stock products that are available for immediate shipment, we also accept personalized orders for products that meet the unique requirements of a customer. Whether you need stock or personalized blister packs, we can serve as your single source for all of your medication dispensing needs.

If you require assistance selecting the best type of blister packaging for your pharmacy’s specific requirements, schedule a free consultation by calling us today at (800) 325-6137, or fill out our contact form. In addition, you can contact us to receive a free product catalogue, request a free quote, and inquire about whether our newest products would be a good fit for your needs.

What Are The Benefits of Using a Blister Card?

A prescription vial is the most common type of container in which prescription medications are dispensed. For most patient populations, receiving pills in a vial doesn’t pose an obstacle to taking the medication. They can remove the cap and access medication with ease, as needed.

However, there are also patients who cannot use pill vials effectively due to various concerns. For these patients, dispensing medication in the form of a blister card that offers the following benefits can promote medication compliance, and thus support positive health outcomes.

  1. Easy Pill Removal

The front of a blister card is comprised of durable plastic that protects pills that are housed in the plastic membrane. But the reverse side of the card features a thin cover that allows patients to remove pills from the blister card easily. The easier pills are to access, the greater the opportunity for a patient to remain medication-compliant and support his or her health.

  1. Easy to Track Pill Use

A blister card can be designed to feature medication dosing instructions on the reverse side of the card. For example, blister cards that feature date sensitive indicators help patients track pill use. They are organized in a way where a patient can easily see when medication is to be taken. Furthermore, it is even easier to see when a dose has been missed. Having such a simple visible aide can help patients take medication according to the prescriber’s instructions and support positive health outcomes. To take medication as prescribed and support positive health outcomes, all some patients may need is a blister card.

  1. Non-Degraded Pills

Pills dispensed in the form of a blister card also help reduce pill degradation that reduces the efficacy of pills. Pills in a prescription vial can rub against each other, creating dust that sheds some of their composition on the inside of the vial. Essentially, the dust results of pills that have shed some of their constituency on the inside of the vial. As long as they are handled gently, blister cards can prevent pills from degrading in the manner described above.

Need Help With Selecting Blister Cards?

In terms of the information it presents and the technology it uses to facilitate pill access, a blister card could be the perfect option for delivering medication to pharmacy customers who have impairments that make it difficult to use pill vials to retrieve medication. Arthritic customers, customers who experience short-term memory problems, and customers who have complex dosing regimens are examples of patient populations that can benefit from blister cards.

To get blister cards that help you address these needs, please call us today at (800) 325-6137, or use our contact form. We look forward to providing blister card solutions that help your pharmacy serve its diverse patient populations, and encourage medication compliance.

Types of Medication Blister Cards that Benefit Medication Adherence

medication-blister-cardsThe Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (HCPC) recently reported on an independent study that measured the effectiveness of medication blister cards for improving medication compliance among prescription takers. The study found that “Unit dose patient adherence packaging is associated with a 17-point increase in patient persistency to a drug over 12 months, as compared to conventional 30-count bottle packaging.”

The opportunity to improve medication adherence is one reason why Drug Package has provided pharmacies with innovative prescription packaging for over 133 years. Our current lineup of medication blister cards consists of cold seal blister cards, heat seal blister cards, and additional types of blister cards that are ideal for certain situations.

Cold Seal Blister Cards
Our cold seal blister cards come in one-piece, book fold cold seal cards that seal strongly due to pressure sensitive adhesive, require no heat or separate insert card, and meet class B packaging standards when sealed properly. You can also receive our cold seal cards as one-piece, tri-fold booklet style cards that are easy to slip in and out of medicine carts, feature an easy-to-use, resealable lift and closure tab, and meet class B packaging standards when sealed properly.

Also available in our line of cold seal blister cards are multi medicine homecare kits that are designed for patients who take multiple medications daily and controlled unit dose cards that feature color coding for improved dosing accountability and perforated sections that allow individual blisters to be removed from the sheet and transported more discreetly.

Heat Seal Blister Cards
Our heat seal blister cards consist of one-piece heat seal cards that come with the blister sheet already affixed, meaning the pharmacist need only fill, seal, and label the card; and two piece heat seal cards that emphasize economical, convenient, and secure packaging. With two piece cards, choose between blister counts that range between 7 blisters 62 blisters. All cards meet approved class B packaging standards when sealed properly.

Additional Blister Cards
Additional types of blister cards we offer are short cycle medication cards and personalized medication cards. The former are available in three blister sizes, with cold seal or heat seal technology, are sized for use with existing medication charts, and feature various color coding options. The latter are available with cold seal or heat seal technology, offered in one piece or two piece card design, come in blister counts that range between 28 and 62 (with multi-med options available, too), and let you personalize the card with your pharmacy name, logo, address, and other information.

Our short cycle medication blister cards that come with 7 or 14 blisters are ideal for conformance to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that requires dispensing cycles of 14 days or less for solid oral dosages or brand-name prescription meds that are dispensed in extended care facilities that house patients who have Medicare Part D.

Order Your Blister Cards Today
Numerous studies have shown a positive correlation between the use of medication blister cards and medication adherence. At Drug Package, we support the connection by offering cold seal blister cards, heat seal blister cards, short cycle medication cards, and personalized medication cards that offer a wide array of design options and conform to important packaging standards.

To order blister cards, simply visit our Place and Order page and secure your order online. You can also get what you need by calling us at (800) 325-6137. We look forward to helping your pharmacy support medication compliance by providing best in class medication blister cards.

Using a Unit Dose System for Pain Pill Counting: An Overview

In the healthcare industry, the term “pill counting” generally refers to one of two practices: counting pills in the pharmacy to ensure that prescriptions contain the right number of pills, or counting pills after they are dispensed to patients to ensure that they don’t overdose or underdose the medication, and thus jeopardize a positive health outcome for their pain situations.

Counting Schedule II Pain Medications
In this entry, we look at the second type of pill counting, which is commonly performed after a patient is prescribed a scheduled medication that has high abuse potential and a high dependency potential. There are five scheduled medication categories. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), the higher a drug’s category, the more abuse potential and potential for dependency it possesses.

For example, most of today’s popular, opiate-based pain pills fall into Schedule II category due to the euphoric effect they produce when taken in sufficient quantity and the tendency of the drugs to make patients dependent on their pain relieving effect. Consequently, it’s not uncommon for physicians to count the pills in a patient’s pain medication supply to help ensure that the patient isn’t heading down the path of abuse or dependency.

Using a Unit Dose System for Pill Counting
One of the problems of pill counting that comes with counting pills in a prescription bottle is that patients can use a variety of reasons to explain why the pill count is lower than it should be. If you’re a physician who counts pain pills, you have probably heard the following explanations for why the pill count is too low, among others: the pharmacy accidentally dispensed too few pills, and pills spilled own the bathroom sink when the bottle was opened.

One of the easiest ways to prevent these accidents, and one of the easiest ways to prevent pain pill recipients from using them as fallacious excuses for overdosing on pain medication, is to place pain pills in a unit dose system in which each pill is contained in an individual plastic bubble that features a foil backing to simplify pill removal.

Each bubble can have a perforated outline that allows the bubble to be removed from the foil sheet containing the pills — a feature that allows patients who take multiple doses daily to remove a section of pills instead of carrying the entire unit dose system on their person.

For physicians, the configuration of the package makes it easy to see just how many pills a patient has taken in a given period of time. It also encourages responsible medication use on the part of the patient. Patients who abuse schedule II pain pills will have a difficult time explaining why more pills are gone than expected.

Need a Unit Dose System for Pill Counting?
Schedule II pain medications are often counted pill by pill when patients visit their pain specialist, as it helps them use the pharmaceuticals responsibly, and reduce the likelihood of abuse or dependence. For physicians and patients alike, dispensing pain pills in a unit dose system adds integrity to the medication management process in terms of pill counting.

Consequently, hospital pharmacies and retail pharmacies can play a crucial role in pain medication management by dispensing pain meds in a unit dose system. To inquire about specs and options for our unit dosing system products, call Drug Package today at (800) 325-6137. We look forward to helping your pharmacy support excellent health outcomes in patients who are prescribed powerful, scheduled medications to combat physical pain.