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Posted on: 19 Oct 16

New Patented Desiccant Stopper Makes Products Even More User-Friendly



Pullach, Germany, October 18, 2016 – HERMES PHARMA, the expert in user-friendly oral dosage forms, has announced the availability of a new desiccant stopper. The patent-protected stopper features a two-step, easy-opening technique suitable for multi-dose tablet tube containers.


Often, stoppers need a definitive yank or long strong pull, making them difficult to open for people with weak hands or wrists, including osteoporosis patients or elderly persons. Now, thanks to an improved finger mould grip, the stopper can be removed with a short rip of a safety ring (first step) and easy lift-off (second step) for simple, easy opening. Unlike conventional stoppers, the first step requires much less force for removing the safety ring. The second step can be done with the flick of a finger. The finger mould grip creates a pleasing touch sensation and has no sharp edges. The desiccant stopper fits neatly back onto the tube, protecting the remaining tablets.


A recent study1 conducted with 2,000 people in the USA and Germany found that pharmaceutical packaging must be easy to open - a characteristic important to a third of the people questioned, and a healthcare aspect that can lead to better therapy compliance. The design innovation was a HERMES PHARMA response to calls for more intuitive, easy-to-open stoppers for tube containers.


As these new stoppers are produced to the same specification and amount of desiccant as the existing stoppers, no additional stability data is required. HERMES PHARMA customers can deploy them smoothly without any regulatory drawbacks to improve the user-friendliness of their products. The new stoppers are also compatible with various tube sizes and materials and can be made available on request. Coming in an attractive ergonomic form, the senior-friendly stoppers readily show tamper evidence, an essential factor that was part of the design criteria.


Dr. Detlev Haack, Director Research & Development at HERMES PHARMA, said, “Our new stoppers are an innovative way of improving and adding value to a product. By making its primary packaging more intuitive and easy to open, healthcare companies can foster convenience and compliance for both patients and consumers.”

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Mike Wood

Last updated on: 19/10/2016

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