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Thermoformable Plastic Packaging Materials without Halogens

NineSigma, representing Klockner Pentaplast Films, the market leader in pharmaceutical barrier packaging films, invites proposals for novel barrier materials with thermoforming capabilities. The client seeks novel materials to replace the existing materials (PVC, PCTFE and PVDC) currently used in pharmaceutical blister packages.

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Pharmaceutical blister packages often have moisture and oxygen barrier requirements to maintain the efficacy of the drug they contain. Traditional barrier materials used today are PCTFE, EVOH, PVDC, PVC, COC, and combinations thereof. Consumers, retailers, brand owners and governments are rejecting single-use plastic packaging and halogenated materials.

Thus, PCTFE and PVDC – two of the most effective barrier materials – will be displaced. Laminations are not readily recyclable and are also not favored. Aluminum foil (Cold Formed Foil) – an existing alternative – is not transparent and doesn’t form into the tight blister layout, both of which are preferred by brand owners. Klockner Pentaplast Films is seeking a thermoformable solution that can be made into blister packs that protects pharmaceuticals from moisture and oxygen.

Although the use of glass bottles meets the technical specs of this RFP, studies have shown that compliance to medication instructions increases when patients and consumers use blister packs.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by Sep 16, 2020.

Source: NineSights


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