Blister packs – They hold medications, fountain pens, batteries, toothbrushes, lip balm, calculators and so much more. Its little wonder that the blister pack is one of the most commonly used type of packaging for a huge range of retail products. At Indepak, we’ve been creating custom blister packaging for decades, and we’d like to share a little bit of interesting information about this popular packaging possibility.
1. The Blister Pack Was A Child Of The 1960s
Blister packaging was created specifically for the pharmaceutical industry back in the 1960s. Blister packs made it easy for consumers to retrieve a single dose of medication, but these packages also helped keep each dose of medication safe and secure until use. Two of the first medications that used the blister pack included Melabon, which is a brand name for aspirin, and the first oral contraceptives.
2. Blister Packs Come In Many Forms
While many people simply think about the blister pack in regards to medications and the pharmaceutical industry, there are many different types of blister packs, and not just the type that include cavities for medicines backed by a foil seal. When it comes to retail products, a blister pack typically includes a paperboard backing or perhaps the product is completely surrounded by plastic with no paper backing. Just about any retail product can be protected and displayed in a blister pack.
3. Clamshells Are Blisters
If you aren’t familiar with packaging, that statement probably makes no sense to you at all. However, when a blister pack folds on to itself with a hinge at one end, we call it a clamshell. While a typical blister pack is used to hold retail products, a clamshell can be used for retail products as well as specialty food products.
4. Billions & Billions Of Blister Packs
Not only are billions of blister packs created each year, a recent study showed that the global market also has a value of more than $18 billion. This number is expected to increase and reach upwards of $28 billion by 2022. Because blister pack design is so versatile and the materials are lightweight and inexpensive, more and more companies look to blister packs as an economical packaging option.
5. Medical Blisters Save Time
More and more, pharmaceutical companies are looking for innovative blister pack options rather than having a pharmacist count out individual pills and place them into a bottle. Think about the last time you had a prescription filled. It probably took between 15 to 30 minutes, depending on whether or not the pharmacy was busy. With blister packs, the medication has been presorted and is instantly ready to go. The pharmacist can simply print a label, affix it to the package and you are ready to go.
Need a custom blister pack for your product? The team at Indepak is here to help. Since 1967, we’ve been creating blister packaging and clamshell packaging for many industries, including the pharmaceutical industry, the electronics industry, the specialty foods industry and for a myriad of retail companies. Our goal is to provide each client with a total packaging solution that fits their needs as well as their budget. Give us a call or send us an email today, and one of our sales representatives will be touch as soon as possible.