A combination of legislation, liability, and common decency makes child resistant packaging strategies incredibly important to any product manufacturer and packaging company. This began in 1970, when the Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA) first required certain household substances to be packaged in a way that was capable of resisting a child’s attempt to open it. The U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission was granted the authority to regulate these cartoning machine and packaging requirements, and over the years additional chemicals and products have been added to the list.
The list of items requiring child-resistant case packers are currently very extensive. Examples include any chemical or cosmetic product containing 10 percent or more by weight of petroleum distillates, dry products that contain 10 percent or more by weight of sodium or potassium hydroxide, and mouthwash containing 3 grams or more of ethanol. The following list outlines the different methods that manufacturers can use to make their products reliably child-resistant.
An innovative folding box with blister cartons was recently developed by a company in Italy to prevent children from accessing dangerous medications. It looks like a standard folding box, but it actually has a locking system that comes complete with a key. This makes it impossible for children to open even if they get their hands on the box, but adults who lose the key can utilize a pen cap for an easy case packing machine replacement. It is even made with cardboard that cannot be torn, so children cannot override the locking device.
Child Resistant Pouches
This pouch tackles the important task of disposing of toxic drugs in a safe manner. Designed by Bemis Healthcare Packaging, this pouch is specifically designed to hold transdermal patches and inhalers, like ones that contain highly toxic opioids such as fentanyl. It utilizes special blown film technologies and lamination to ensure that the pouch cannot be compromised once sealed.
Many pharmaceutical products are available in roll-on bottles as well, which requires child-resistant closures. A few companies have developed white cylinders that use child-resistant closures proven to not only protect the products, but also make it impossible for children to accidentally access.
One last type of pharmaceutical packaging with recent child-resistance developments is the nasal pump. The innovation for this new packaging was triggered by the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission, enacting a new requirement for all over-the-counter and prescription drugs containing imidazolines to be child-resistant.