Origin Pharma Packaging
Manufacturer and Designer of Pharmaceutical Packaging
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As physicians become more reliant on prescribing medications to treat illness instead of advocating preventive measures, risks associated with accidental medication poisoning is increasing.
Approximately 50% of the UK population take prescription medicine, while in the US the figure is over 60%. These figures provide an insight into the volume of medicines in circulation and with this, the scale of potential risk to children.
Poison centres in the US treat between 60,000 and 70,000 children each year for accidental ingestion. While advancements in packaging technology such as soluble packs and films are viewed as a progression, it is questionable whether there is a parallel effort in creating the child resistant packaging necessary to ensure these products are safe for the environments they occupy.
Mercola reports that pain medication is the single most frequent cause of fatalities from accidental medication poisonings in children, alongside household products. The category of substances with the largest number of deaths across all ages (including intentional use of opioids in teens), are medications containing acetaminophen, sedatives, sleeping medications, stimulants, and cardiovascular drugs. In terms of household products, the most common issue is becoming the soluble-packed alkaline detergents.
Download this free whitepaper to find out more about child resistant packaging, including topics such as the appropriateness of conventional child-resistant packaging, non-medicine packaging safety, the difference between child-resistant and child-proof, and the challenges of child resistant packaging that is also senior friendly.