Marking a Milestone with Wayne Menne

It’s remarkable to think that Wayne Menne applied for a job with us over 50 years ago, but we are so happy he did! At the young age of 17, Wayne walked through our doors and took a job that turned into a career. Today, when people change jobs more often than they update their cell phone carrier, we are so happy to mark this milestone, and celebrate Wayne’s 50 years of loyal service with Drug Package, LLC.

Hired in the shipping room to pack orders, Wayne then moved to the Bindery Department to cut stock for the presses on the guillotine cutter. From there he moved to the Prep Department to perform layout work for the offset presses. He then returned to the Bindery Department to run the collator, and then moved to the leather press area to run a Miehle press. In 1979 he went to the Flexo Department to run a 5 color Manhasset press and stayed there for 10 years. He spent the next 14 years running the Didde presses in the Offset Department. Then in 2003, he moved back to the Flexo Department to run the Aqua Flex. Wayne has been a supervisor on the night shift for over 20 years.

Wayne likes working here because he’s never missed a paycheck in 50 years!!!

“Right after I started in the shipping room, a co-worker sent me to the maintenance dept to find a box stretcher, that didn’t exist.  This was a tradition to send new people to the maintenance dept to ask the supervisor for a box stretcher.  It didn’t sound right but what did I know at 17 years old,” said Wayne

We congratulate Wayne on his success, and are so grateful for 50 years of dedicated service he has provided to our company. Thank you Wayne — we are looking forward to the next 50 years!

Deb Hilderbrand Celebrates 45 Years with Drug Package, LLC

We are so lucky that 45 years ago Deb Hilderbrand decided to apply for a job with us! Having an employee like Deb for 45 years is one of the key ingredients that has allowed Drug Package, LLC to grow and prosper. We are grateful Deb made the decision to begin her career with us, and even happier she stayed.

Deb Hilderbrand started with Drug Package, LLC on May 31, 1972, at the age of 18. Hired as a typist, entering orders on gel machines, she eventually moved on to proof reading orders. Next on her stop was the Commission Department, typing commission sheets. When computers entered the workplace, this job became obsolete, but Deb was transferred to the Sales Department and tasked with managing wholesale accounts, chain accounts, and key accounts. Her vast company knowledge and experience has made Deb a key accounts manager for over 20 years.

“I always try my best, the customer comes first.  I love my job.  I talk to a lot of people every day and customers across the US have become my friends. It’s not all about the money, 45 years ago I started at $1.70/hr, it’s about the lifelong friends you make.  That’s why I stay,” said Deb Hilderbrand.

Forty-five years of service is certainly rare and something to be extremely proud of. We are happy to celebrate this wonderful accomplishment with Deb. Thank you Deb, and congratulations on many jobs well done through the years!

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Cold Seal Blister Cards From Drug Package: 5 Diverse Benefits

Pharmacies have dispensed medication in blister cards for years. But the design of blister cards hasn’t remained static. Features have gradually been added that distinguish cards in terms of patient populations, the needs of different pharmacies (closed door, retail, independent retail, etc.), the practices of physicians, and medication packaging technologies.

Two Piece Cold Seal Blister Cards

Our book-fold cold seal blister cards offer several design options that deliver a diverse range of benefits for different parties to the healthcare process. Below are five examples of these benefits and the important roles they play in the dispensing, dosing, and monitoring of prescription medications.

  1. Pharmacy Branding

Our cold seal blister cards come with ample space for applying adhesive labels that showcase your brand and provide essential prescription information (patient name, drug name and strength, dosing instructions, etc.). Place adhesive labels of various sizes in the upper left portion on the front of the card, where they can be read easily by pharmacists and patients.

  1. Medication Information

In addition to placing prescription information on your adhesive label on the card’s front, you can record prescription information on the back side of the card. This feature lets you capture any essential information not featured on the front side adhesive label. Information fields include “start date”, “reorder date”, “expiration date”, and much more.

  1. Pill Counting

Blisters are sequentially numbered to quick reference how many pills have been removed. Pills that are routinely counted at doctor appointments for medication monitoring (e.g., opioids) are ideally placed in blister cards to prevent human error. Sequentially numbered blisters eliminate the time-consuming tasks of counting pills, and then recounting to ensure accuracy.

  1. Different Blister Sizes

Choose between three blister sizes: small, medium, and large. Order only the large size and use it for all pills. Or order all blister sizes, and use them to keep smaller, non-coated pills from shedding pill dust, as they jostle in a large blister.

  1. Light Resistant Blisters

Consistent exposure to light can damage medications, weakening their compaction and efficacy. Pills that are taken daily and reordered monthly usually aren’t in existence long enough to suffer serious light damage, but prescriptions that are taken and reordered as-needed often are.

Protect pills from light damage by using cold seal blister cards with light-resistant, transparent, amber colored blisters. It’s the same form of light protection found in a pharmacy’s amber colored pill vials.

Order Blister Cards Today        

Cold seal blister cards from Drug Package LLC are designed with several parties in mind. Created to promote pharmacy branding, provide comprehensive prescription information for patients, assist physicians with pill counting, accommodate pills of different sizes, and preserve medication from light damage, our two-sided book-fold blister cards are truly made for a diverse audience.

To place an order for cold seal blister cards, or to learn about our other blister card products, call us today at (800) 325-6137, or send us an email using our contact form. We look forward to supplying best-in-class blister packaging!

Marijuana Packaging: Factors That Affect Product Quality

Just a few years ago, the only people who paid much attention to marijuana packaging were “dealers” who sold the drug on the street. These days, legally selling medical marijuana and recreational marijuana has turned into a burgeoning cottage industry supported by state laws and city ordinances.

Packaging and Product Quality

Because marijuana is now a legal consumer product, growers and distributors of the plant are naturally concerned with using packaging that protects product quality. However, to choose the right marijuana packaging, sellers must first decide the form(s) in which they plan to distribute the drug. Below, we look at four common forms of marijuana and identify marijuana packaging for each.

  1. Plant Form

When people think of marijuana, they usually envision it as plant, especially in the form of “buds” that are smoked in traditional pipe or vaporized in an herbal vaporizer. When the plant is packaged in the form of buds, maintaining an airtight seal is crucial for product quality.

Marijuana is “dried” before it’s packaged, but some moisture remains. If the moisture evaporates, the plant becomes dry and smokes faster than newly harvested buds. In addition, dry marijuana starts to fall apart and loses much of its distinctive smell. Now that they have the opportunity to buy high-quality marijuana legally, consumers are less likely to accept these drawbacks.

  1. THC Edibles

If you want the benefits of marijuana, and smoking isn’t your thing, you can skip the coughing fits by eating marijuana. Preparing edibles that contain THC — the chemical in marijuana that makes people feel “high” — is a bit more complex than it seems. The plant must be exposed to stove level heat to release the THC so it can pass through the blood-brain barrier.

THC edibles come in various forms, from cookies to gummy candy. So far, the best practice is to package edibles in the same containers they would be packaged in if they didn’t contain THC. These types of packages have already been developed to preserve freshness. When it comes to marijuana packaging for edibles, marijuana producers already have some of the work done for them.

  1. Canisters of Oil

You can also experience the effects of marijuana by vaporizing pre-packaged canisters of marijuana oil with a vapor pen, such as the kind people use to operate electronic cigarettes. Because the canisters are typically made of glass and lightweight metal, they should ideally be packaged thoroughly in bubble wrap.

Using canisters of oil is becoming highly preferred because the vapor emission doesn’t smell like marijuana. In fact, it has practically no scent at all, even when it’s blown directly in your face at close distance.

  1. Pill Form

Marijuana is also available in pill form — a form that’s produced explicitly for medical treatment and not recreation. The pills could be housed in a traditional medication vial or placed in a blister sheet that features information about how the drug works, when you’ll start to feel the effects, foods and drugs to avoid while using, etc.

Marijuana is a newly legal drug in many states — especially for medical use — and many simply aren’t accustomed to using it. So, it makes perfect sense to put the pills in booklet style blister packs that can be labeled with essential information about usage protocols.

Marijuana Packaging Options from Drug Packaging   

A few years from now, marijuana will likely be legal in a vast majority of states, both medicinally and recreationally. If you plan to distribute the plant legally when the opportunity arises, we can work with you to create packaging for marijuana and labeling that protects the integrity of your products. To learn more, please call us today at (800) 325-6137, or send us an email through our contact form.

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Marijuana Dispensary Labels: Crucial Label Information

Marijuana use in the U.S. is divided among two populations: medical users and recreational users. If you keep up with marijuana news, you know the green plant with hallucinogenic qualities — and a number of other, less controversial qualities from a medical standpoint — appears headed down the road to full legalization on a state by state basis.

Marijuana Dispensary Labels 

Already, enough states have legalized medicinal pot for Drug Package to develop label technology — some complete and some still in the making — for marijuana dispensaries. But it’s not like developing new labels for benzodiazepines or other mind altering medicines. This is new territory, and the approach to dispensary labels will be increasingly fine-tuned, as the law evolves, and we communicate with dispensaries about their needs.

However, there are three things we already know should appear on marijuana dispensary labels: The species of the genus Cannabis, the maximum THC content of the plant, and the weight of the plant in the dispensed container. No doubt many other pieces of information will eventually be required by law, depending on the state. However, these three pieces of information should be included on marijuana dispensary labels, regardless of current or future statutes.

  1. THC Content

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the psychoactive constituent in Marijuana that makes the user feel “high”. Among states that have legalized pot, average THC content for salable marijuana varies, with Colorado’s average reportedly being about 18%. That’s neither a small amount nor nowhere near the max. Street marijuana has been measured near 30% — and some “boutique” strains are in the same rage, with some being even higher.

  1. Plant Species

What a difference a change in species can make. Marijuana has three basic species: Sativa, which generally gives users an uplifted, energetic feeling that’s occasionally overwhelming; indica, which is relaxing to body and mind, and produces what casual users refer to as “couch lock” (i.e. the person is to “mellow” for activity); and hybrid, which sounds like a split between sativa and indica (it is, but hybrids are often sativa or indica dominant).

  1. Product Weight

From a legal perspective — especially for dispensary customers — this may be the most important information of all. If a customer acquires too much marijuana, they could still face legal trouble. It doesn’t happen often (Colorado allows individuals to possess 8 ounces for personal use — a prodigious amount by any standard), but dispensaries should let customers know exactly where they stand in relation weight-based possession limits.

Need to Buy Dispensary Labels?

If you recently opened a dispensary and plan to make it a professional operation, professional labels that identify the specs of your products will be a part of the business equation. At Drug Package, we supply professional labels that have an array of design options to choose from, including: size, color, facestock, adhesive, printing properties, printed information, and much more.

To inquire about our marijuana dispensary labels, call us today at or send us an email through our contact form. By providing labels, we look forward to helping you capitalize on the phenomenal revenue opportunities made possible by marijuana legalization.

 

                       

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Using Eco Friendly Promotional Tote Bags to Promote Your Brand

There are lots of opportunities to promote your pharmacy’s brand by associating it with things customers identify with. From a cost perspective, the value of the opportunities depends on the cost of the promotional vehicle compared to its ability to promote brand recognition.

For example, in terms of upfront cost and long-term gain, it would be more economical to promote your brand with our eco friendly promotional tote bags instead of a prime time TV commercial that ran for three weeks. The bags are far less expensive, and they last longer. People can carry them around for months, even years, showing off your brand the whole time.

Our eco friendly promotional tote bags are recyclable, durable, and come in three sizes, three styles of construction, and many different colors. Below are examples of how you can use them to promote your brand by associating it with things customers identify with in a positive way.

  1. National Health Observances

Our nation’s monthly, national health observances seem tailor-made for promoting a pharmacy’s brand on printed materials. U.S. national health observances are often represented by unique symbols and colors, such as a simple ribbon and the color pink for breast cancer awareness.

To see options for promoting monthly health awareness themes, check out this resource from the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) that lists monthly national health observances. Use our eco friendly tote bags to promote a different health awareness each month.

  1. National Holiday Seasons

Most of your customers probably enjoy national holidays, especially the big ones: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Labor Day, and Memorial Day. Print holiday messages and graphics on our eco friendly promotional tote bags that make your pharmacy seem carried away or carefully in keeping with holiday spirit. If you serve immigrant populations, who celebrate holidays from their homelands, you can print messages and graphics for those events, too.

  1. New Products and Services

To maintain a competitive edge, retail pharmacies are always on the lookout for new products and services that would offer a higher level of customer service. In addition to being great vehicles for promoting your brand through holidays and health observances, our eco friendly promotional tote bags are also a fine medium for advertising your products and services.

To synergize one branding effort with another, consider using our bags to advertise new products and services along with the national health observance theme that the products and services are associated with.

Order Your Tote Bags Today

If you need an economical way to promote your pharmacy’s brand, using our eco friendly tote bags to deliver marketing messages is a great option. When you order, select as many as three bag sizes: pocket shopper tote, promo jumbo shopping tote, and super value shopper tote. Choose stock printing or custom printing. We handle the printing process, and ship you the finished product fast.

For more information about our eco friendly promotional tote bags, visit our Eco-Friendly Tote Bags Catalogue, or call us today at (800) 325-6137 to speak with a product specialist. You can also reach us by filling out the contact form on our website.

 

 

 

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Add Eye Catching Designs to White Pharmacy Bags

White pharmacy bags are the kind of bags that many pharmacies keep on hand for everyday use, with most of the bags being used to hold filled prescriptions. In addition to coming in plain white, the bags can also be printed to feature colors and graphics that reinforce brand awareness and are a perfect place for pharmacies to relay seasonal reminders to customers, such as don’t forget your flu shot, or don’t forget to apply sunscreen.

Design Options for Pharmacy Bags

When you order white pharmacy bags from Drug Package, you receive a range of design options for customizing the bags in terms of color (up to four colors), offer a variety of size (up to 11.5” wide and 14” tall), and themes (season, wine, holiday, etc.). We offer three bag styles in various sizes that feature sharp designs to help distinguish your pharmacy from competitors and nurture customer loyalty.

All Occasion Bags – Featuring a wide variety of color schemes and numerous options for printing customized messages, our all occasion bags are great for drawing attention to your pharmacy’s brand and products year round, which makes them great to order in bulk.

Christmas Bags – Our holiday Christmas bags are available with classic Christmas themes and general winter holiday themes, as not everyone celebrates Christmas. On the same product page, you’ll also find fall holiday bags that feature the same diverse characteristics.

Patriotic Bags – Great for using on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and a variety of other patriotic occasions, our patriotic bags communicate notions of American freedom, thoughtful American pride, and appreciation for the past and present bravery of U.S. soldiers.

Personalized Bags – Our personalized bags have a wide array of design options and prominently feature the name, address, and phone number of your pharmacy. Your pharmacy may fill the same prescriptions as other pharmacies, but it but it can place them in unique bags.

Spring Holiday Bags – Easter, butterflies, Mother’s Day, flowers. several images and events can symbolize spring, and practically all of them can be printed on white pharmacy bags to customize them for warm weather. With spring around the corner, now is a great time to order.

Veterinary Bags – Veterinary bags are like prescription bags for animals. Veterinarians often dispense medicine, and some of it comes straight from the office. Our veterinary bags are also a great way for conventional pharmacies that fill animal prescriptions to show their love of pets.

Wine Bags – Alcohol and prescription medications often shouldn’t be mixed, but many pharmacies that have grocery isles sell their fair share of the red and the white. We can supply you with wine bags that have customized graphics that communicate it’s time to celebrate.

Valentine & St. Patrick’s Bags – Valentine’ Day and St. Patrick’s Day are festive occasions for many. To help your customers celebrate the day, why not show them the fun side of your pharmacy by dispensing medications in bags with designs that announce the special days?

Need Help With Product Selection?

If so, please call us today at (800) 325-6137, or refer to our contact page. We specialize in meeting the labeling and packaging needs of various types of pharmacies, including hospital-located, independent, and corporate. Check out our diverse bag selection today and choose what you need: bags with unique designs or simply plain white pharmacy bags.

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Prescription Retrieval System: Your Options at Drug Package

At pharmacies, accidentally dispensing the wrong medication is a serious event, one that places the customer’s health at risk and results in the mistake being recorded in the performance record of the pharmacy worker responsible. On both sides of the pharmacy counter, it’s exceptionally important to ensure accuracy in the medication dispensing process — and our full-scale, ready to implement, HIPAA responsive prescription retrieval system helps you do it.

Step 1: Choose the Rack System

Choose between three rack system configurations to select the one that works best for your workspace and prescription-rack-systemsprescription processing workflow:

  1. Freestanding, revolving racks that come with or without wheels and have 3, 4, or 5 rings that are each 20” in diameter
  1. Standard wall racks that mount vertically, with lengths of 24” 36” 48”, or 72”, and rod brackets 8” deep that hold ⅜” steel rods that span 36” or 48” in length
  1. Deluxe wall rack systems with ½” diameter aluminum frames that hold 4-5 steel rods that are 36” or 48” wide

Some pharmacies implement a single type of rack system, while others implement more than one. If you need help choosing a configuration, our product specialists are here to help.

Step 2: Choose Prescription Bags

prescription-bagsNow that you’ve selected a rack system configuration, it’s time to choose transparent prescription bags to hang on the rack. We offer HangUp brand bags in five sizes, expressed in height and width, with the product number following.

  1. 10-½” x 7-½” (DP101)
  2. 12” x 9” (DP103)
  3. 10-½” x 12-½” (DP104)
  4. 14” x 12-½” (DP105)
  5. 14” x 21” (DP107)

Our tough, clear HangUp bags come in packages of 10 of the same size. These bags hold up to the wear and tear of a busy pharmacy medication dispensing operating, remaining smooth and clear through multiple uses. Keep different sizes on hand to handle prescription orders of different sizes.

Step 3: Apply Hanging Index Tabs

pharmacy-tab-indexBefore you place bags on the rack, apply our hanging index tabs that come in packs of 25, with large stick-on letters or numbers. Hang prescription bags in alphabetical order or numerical order — whichever option brings the most efficiency and control to your prescription processing workflow.

 

Step 4: Place Medicine in Bags

prescription-medicine-storageStep four is easiest of all: Start placing prescriptions in bags and enjoy the increased control, accuracy, and efficiency that the new prescription retrieval system brings to medication dispensing. Because we offer all of the supplies you need for implementing the system, you can place a single order, get everything you need quickly, and start installation.

 

Highly Effective, Low Maintenance

Our prescription retrieval system solutions are highly effective for pharmacies that have different workspace needs, different daily prescription filling volumes, and different prescription indexing needs, to name a few. Once in place, the durable rack system, bags, and index tabs are exceptionally low maintenance. Have your maintenance crew take a few minutes to install the parts, and you shouldn’t have to worry about downtime for maintenance for quite a while.

Need a Prescription Retrieval System?

If so, Drug Package provides the equipment and supplies you need to get your new system up and running in a flash. We supply everything you need; all you do is implement the parts. For more information about product options for our prescription retrieval systems, call us today at (800) 325-6137, or use the contact form on our website. We look forward to hearing from you.

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The Importance of Drug Adherence: Clonidine as an Example

Clonidine (brand name Catapres) is a centrally acting α2 adrenergic agonist and imidazoline receptor agonist. The medication is prescribed off-label for a variety of conditions that range from tobacco withdrawal to stage fright, but its primary use is as a heart medication that benefits cardiovascular function by decreasing heart rate and relaxing blood vessels to improve circulation. Available for over 40 years, the drug is still a first-line treatment for hypertension.

Easy to Take, Dangerous to Discontinue

Unlike some medications in its class and other classes of blood pressure medications, clonidine produces relatively few side effects in the average patient — and the side effects tend to be mild to moderate when they occur. Consequently, the medication adherence rate for patients taking the drug is quite good compared to medications that routinely produce severe side effects.

However, this doesn’t mean clonidine is safer to discontinue abruptly than prescriptions that have a more worrisome side effect profile. Although it isn’t commonly discussed, sudden clonidine cessation is associated with a withdrawal syndrome that can be characterized by rebound tachycardia (i.e. a pounding heart) and rebound hypertension.

For patients taking clonidine to improve cardiovascular function, these withdrawal symptoms — which commonly last for about five to seven days — can be especially dangerous, and demonstrate the importance of drug adherence.

According to the U.S. Library of Medicine, “When not treated, [high blood pressure] can cause damage to the brain, heart, blood vessels, kidneys and other parts of the body. Damage to these organs may cause heart disease, a heart attack, heart failure, stroke, kidney failure, loss of vision, and other problems.” In other words, discontinuing clonidine suddenly can be as dangerous as not taking it in the first place for those who really need it.

The Importance of Drug Adherence

Clonidine is a good example of the importance of drug adherence in general. The medication isn’t reported to have a profound withdrawal syndrome like opiates and benzodiazepines, it isn’t a controlled drug whose tendency to produce dependence is obvious, and it’s prescribed for a wide range of off-label conditions, partly due to its commendable side effect profile.

Yet, as mentioned above, stopping the medication without physician assistance can precipitate dangerous health conditions. In addition to demonstrating the importance of encouraging drug adherence for clonidine, this scenario demonstrates the importance of drug adherence for other medications that, like clonidine itself, aren’t considered especially risky, but can nonetheless produce harmful side effects when the patient isn’t medication compliant.

Who We Are

Drug Package has over 135 years of experience in supplying pharmacies, hospitals, physicians, and other parties to the healthcare process with solutions that underline the importance of drug adherence, including prescription labels, auxiliary labels, blister packaging, and much more.

To place an order, or inquire about our drug adherence solutions, please give us a call today at (800) 325-6137, or use the contact form on our website. We look forward to helping you encourage medication compliance and the positive health outcomes it supports.

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Blister Packaging for Pharmacy Use: Why Is This Option So Popular?

pill-cardsA number of packaging options are available for medications sold in pharmacies or other medical environments. One of these options is blister packaging, which essentially seals the prescription between a cardboard backing and a plastic bubble sheet. This type of packaging comes in numerous forms that are finished with a cold seal or hot seal. Several types of cards are created using these materials and the cold or hot seal process including:

  • One Piece Cold Sealed Cards
  • One Piece Hot Sealed Cards
  • Multi-Medication Homecare Kits
  • Controlled Unit Dose Cards
  • Two-Piece Heat Seal Cards
  • Short-Cycle Medication Cards

Blister packaging is able to accommodate several pill counts ranging from seven to ninety. It may be clear or light resistant and hold single tablet dosages or any size of multiple medication counts for a given time period. Typically, the process involves using a form-seal process, either at the company or through a supplier, where the blister pack is created from a roll of material. It is then filled in with the medicine and sealed using the same equipment.

Blister packaging used by pharmacies or over-the-counter medications may also be labeled to cover a specific dosage period or to provide important handling instructions. This includes placing a certain number of pills together to take each day with the packaged labeled by day, date, and time over the specified period. Pharmacies use blister packaging because it allows doses to be separated in an easy-to-use container for customers.

What Benefits Does Blister Packaging Offer?

This type of pill storage is one of the best choices because it offers a number of advantages. First, it allows the pharmaceutical industry to ensure that medications sold to customers are safe and reliable. Second, with blister packaging it is easier to determine if someone has tampered with the medicine. Third, the option helps professionals to meet strict compliance rules. It is also viewed as one of the best for marketing a product because it offers a great amount of design flexibility. Blister cards deliver a few more benefits beyond additional protection and medication safety including:

  • Easy to track
  • Eliminates medication spills
  • Easy to Understand
  • Cost-Effective Option
  • Tamper Evident
  • Provides Space for Notes or Records
  • Easy to Use

Each package has clear, concise instructions, is user-friendly, and even has room for pharmacy branding. It is for these reasons that pharmacies choose blister packaging to sell over-the-counter or prescription medicines.

Our team at Drug Package understands the importance of choosing the right packing option for a product. We want to help you in this important decision! Contact us today to learn more about how our blister packaging options can help your products stand out and provide an easy-to-use, affordable option to customers.