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18th Annual Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council meeting celebrates the benefits of unit-dose packaging
As it has since 1995, the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (Bon Air, VA), a trade group of unit-dose packaging developers and manufacturers, selects a Package of the Year and two runners-up from among products that entered commercial distribution in the past year. A second category, for Innovative Design, is also voted. Anderson Packaging (Rockford, IL) won all three commercial entries, while the Innovative Design Award went to Vitality, Inc. (Cambridge, MA) for its GlowCap, which contains a wireless Internet connection that can be used to send status or reminder notices to patients, as well as to shine brightly when a dosage is scheduled for application.
Unusually in recent years of the HCPC competition, all three winners are from one company, the Anderson Packaging unit of AmerisourceBergen Packaging Group; the second runner-up also involved Meadwestsvaco and a hybrid version of its Dosepak design, as deployed by GSK for its Lamictal Patient Titration Kit. The first runner-up is Anderson Packaging’s two-panel, folding blister card, which was used by Bristol Meyers Squibb’s Onglyza physician sample unit.
The top vote-getter is a sample package for Pfizer’s Toviaz, using Anderson’s IntuiDose design, a four-paneled wallet combining compliance-enhancing design features with patient and physician education materials. It includes a patient guidebook, a detailed treatment plan and a diary to track goals and health improvement.
It’s not the first award for the Toviaz physician sample packaging, which in March won the Distribution Management Award from the Healthcare Distribution Management Association (HDMA). In that case, HDMA honored the success of the collaboration between Anderson and its client.
The top two HCPC awards entitle the winners to designate a university that gets scholarship funds from HCPC.