Patient Number One You could complain about your body betraying you; however, you are very appreciative that you at least have episodes that schedule themselves around your work. Missing school is always difficult, and after a minor heart attack in August that required you to get the care that you needed over the summer, you later found discovered your blood pressure gets very low on occasion. After being admitted to the Intensive Cover Unit, the doctor’s release orders included pushing fluids and actually adding a little salt to your diet.
Last weekend, you discovered you are suffering congestive heart failure and are now on a fluid pill and low sodium diet. The doctors also discovered that the 85% arterial blockage below your left clavicle makes the blood pressure in your arm register as much as 60 points lower in your right arm. Fortunately, the lockage will be stented during Spring Break, and for now you plan on being back at work from now until then.
Patient Number Two It started as a sinus infection and then it went to your chest and you got to the point where you were having a difficult time breathing. The resulting doctor’s appointments ended up requiring nebulizer treatments of steroids, and a pretty healthy dose of antibiotics. You left the last appointment with strict orders to do nothing for the next two days. Although you felt fine and had no headache you were feeling incredibly weak and were exhausted from having to work so hard to breath. The steroids were expensive, but you were relieved to find that at last you were getting better. Keeping track of the new medications seemed overwhelming at first, but the carded packaging designs made it easy to keep track of the individual doses.
Pharmaceutical Track and Trace Packaging and E-Pedigree Serialisation Provide Secure Prescriptions
Health concerns vary from person to person. From serious to minor, from life threatening to an inconvenience, Americans deal with a number of health concerns throughout the year. When those health concerns, like an asthma attack, require expensive medications it is comforting to know that the best blister packaging techniques, as well as e-pedigree serialisation solutions can help doctors, pharmacists, and patients feel secure. When it comes to expensive steroids for nebulizers, for instance, having an e-pedigree serialisation stamp that verifies the dosage, manufacturer, and the expiration can at least allow customers to check for accuracy.
For some, the safety measures that are used in today’s medicinal packaging may seem like little more than attempt to childproof medication that can be harmful in the wrong hands. In reality, however, a close examination of most medications and their packages show a close attention to detail and ways to identify any kind of pill and tablet, as well as a way to individually package individual doses of many medications.
Consider some of these facts and figures about the pharmaceutical and medical packaging industry:
- 48.5% of Americans indicate that they have used at least one prescription drug in the past 30 days.
- Blister packaging is most often used to package unit dose pharmaceuticals in the U.S.
- Blister packaging companies often offer services like lot number and expiration date printing for quality control purposes, as well as other e-pedigree serialisation services.
- Pouch packaging is most often used for pharmaceuticals because this method offers the option of measured doses in prepackaged containers.
- Many pharmaceutical companies now even require customized packaging for injectable products, including auto injector pens and sterilized bottles.
- Child safe, snap off, and twist off cap options are just some of the bottle packaging that pharmaceuticals provide.
- Carded blister packaging is popular in the pharmaceutical industry as it offers the ability to give advertisements about the product and information about the product, while also keeping the medication itself safely and securely packaged.
- Liquid products are also packaged in specialized ways, including products that are called pouches or sachets. These products provide easy opening and safe disposal for the consumer. Several other pouch packaging options for liquid products include childsafe seals, strip seals, as well as easy to open rip and tear pouches.
- In the year 2010, doctors and pharmacies combined to order or provide 2.6 billion prescription drugs during or after visits with licensed physicians.