The term “blister packaging” may be unfamiliar, but it is very common in everyday life, and is one of the most common ways to manage, allocate, and distribute medication. This type of packaging contains a card that holds a medication in small plastic bubbles, known as blisters. The back of the card is a strong foil or paper, and when it is time to administer the medication, one pushes on the blister to force the medication out through the foil. It is as simple as that.
The many benefits of blister packaging make it clear why it is such a useful tool in pharmaceutical manufacturing. One major benefit of this packaging is that it helps maintain freshness for extended periods of time. As these medications are one-time uses, it is best to keep them fresh individually, especially if they are environmentally-sensitive and may be damaged if there is unnecessary contact. The plastic and aluminum materials traditionally used help extend this freshness. Similarly, blister packaging helps give the medicine added security. Because of its confined size, it limits movement of the medication and therefore prevents potential damage. Its design also helps someone immediately see if it has been tampered with.
Blister packaging also helps maintain proper medication dosages. Whether being used for a prescription or an over-the-counter medicine, this packaging can help the user to know how much to take, and even to keep track of what has already been taken if it a prescription with a start and end date. The packaging type is also customizable because it is thermoformed, which means that it is heated to a high temperature that allows forming. With this, manufacturers can easily create blister packaging to fit any shape and size that a medication may come in or require.
Blister packaging’s cost effectiveness and tamper-evident design is leading many other industries, including the food, consumer goods, and industrial industries to follow the pharmaceutical industry in utilizing it. This rise in interest is also translating to substantial growth in the industry, with its $24.1 billion worth in 2020 expected to reach $34.1 billion by 2025. Of course, there are some drawbacks to blister packaging, such as the fact that it cannot be used for heavy or fragile items, or that strict compliance rules means that small defects in design could damage or negatively impact the entire product. However, its positive characteristics is helping push its rising spread throughout the industries.
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