Blister packaging is a process in which prescriptions are heat sealed between a cardboard backing and a plastic bubble sheet. Each morning, noon, and night blister pack holds medication for 31 days, and can hold up to 8 pills per day. Each blister pack is labeled with day, date, time to be taken, and the medications contained in the package. Blister packaging benefits include: better compliance, convenience, and safety.
They may be set up on a monthly basis and picked up at the pharmacy, delivered locally, or mailed to the patient’s home.
It is available for a monthly charge of $3.75 per medication with a maximum packaging fee of $20 per month.
Blister packaging vs. Bottles
Studies show that more than 75% of the medicines in Europe are packed in blisters. While this percentage in the US may not be as high as 75%, it surely is a lot more than bottles. Besides, both consumers and producers have started to understand the benefits of blistering packaging. Bottles could be broken, and the patients don’t even know how many pills they have taken if they are using bottles.
Let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of Blister packaging in detail.
Advantages of Blister Packaging
The first and foremost use of this sort of packaging is that it helps the patients follow the drug regimens. Drugs and medicine tend to have a longer life and more extended expiry date when this type of packaging is used. Another great benefit of this packaging is that there is a separate blister for each pill or capsule; the possibility of pills getting contaminated as a whole is entirely ruled out.
In this type of packaging, days of the week are incorporated on the sheet, so the patients have a better idea as to how often they are required to take their medication. Since aluminum sheets are used in the blister packaging, no type of contamination is possible but this has some costs too.
Despite the fact that it has a lot of advantages, there are also some disadvantages that cannot be eliminated. First off is that since aluminum is used for the entire package, the whole process takes a lot more time as compared to the time taken with plastic. Another rare disadvantage of this type of packaging is that it uses foil backing, and patients can push the medicines through the foil, but it is child-resistant. Finally, the sealing process to attach the plastic takes too much time, and if the proper equipment is not used, it could result in an increase in the cost too.
If we compare the advantages and disadvantages of this type of packaging, we will come to know that benefits outweigh the disadvantages. Everything comes at a cost, and there are no harmful effects or disadvantages that would prevent you from using it. However, a number of advantages of blister packaging make it a better option than the other types of packaging. Moreover, the fact that it also cuts the production cost is high for pharmaceutical companies that need to manufacture drugs and medicines in vast quantities. This is the reason this type of packaging is getting popular not only in the United States but all over the world.