Healthcare Case Studies
Packaging Science Elevates Product Safety
Under the Controlled Substances Act, this Schedule III opioid analgesic required an extra level of safety that included a secure disposal method for the spent transdermal pain reliever. FDA approval for the drug was contingent on validating that the disposal solution permanently safeguarded against unintended use or handling by instructing patients on proper disposal, concealing the identity of the final product, and preventing post-disposal abuse. Drawing on our experience with nicotine patches, labels, adhesives, and materials science, the MPS Product Realization Team worked closely with the customer and our vendor network to develop and test a range of possible solutions, finally validating and qualifying the FDA-approved solution.
Significant pre-launch development and testing achieved the tear resistance, strength, and durability required. Building on prior intellectual property and understanding of drug abuse profiles, the joint team explored various materials combinations.
The final package delivered a safe, convenient, permanent disposal method for patients, safeguarding their families and communities. The drug launched with unsurpassed disposal security, including a tamper-resistant muti-ply barrier, permanent adhesion, superior burst strength, and tear resistance.
In further support of the project, MPS invested in form-fill-and-seal equipment, visual and other detection equipment to deliver finished pouches to the customer filling lines. Four disposal systems are packed in each pouch.
As a leading supplier of nutritional supplements for licensed healthcare professionals, Douglas Labs knows about quality, customer service, and responsiveness. With an extensive product line, high transaction volumes, and quick turn times for customized products, effectively managing complexity is critical to customer satisfaction. Supporting their product line of over 600 formulations in a range of dosages and bottle sizes available for custom branding, requires an effective cGMP compliant supply chain for labels. Ensuring accurate labeling with product information and lot traceability for every bottle shipped is a top priority for Douglas Labs.
Efficiency and quality control were critical on this project. Given the high transaction volumes, small order quantities, and quick delivery times, a database-driven workflow from proofing to delivery was the answer.
As a leader in digital printing and variable data, MPS worked with Douglas Labs to create a customized front-end that simplified ordering, automated proofing, and streamlined label production for order sizes ranging from 100 to 10,000 labels.
We connected the order entry, pre-press, and manufacturing systems to create a seamless workflow with built-in quality assurances. Our IT team created rigorous quality algorithms to check every PDF against pixelated standards to confirm artwork “DNA” is accurate on every job.
Supply Chain Security….Streamlined
As a premier manufacturer of nutrition and weight management products, Herbalife takes product integrity very seriously. Their commitment to quality includes tracking each and every bottle from the filling line, through their global network of 2.5 million independent distributors across 74 countries. While many companies struggle with the complexities of tracking individual pieces—not just SKUs—through the supply chain, MPS helped Herbalife streamline the process and make their brand promise a reality.
Developing an e-pedigree solution, combining conventional and variable printing that encodes in-line, all while maintaining run efficiencies and brand consistency required seamless coordination throughout the production process. Our turnkey solution flawlessly integrated code generation, digital print engines, high-speed code readers, and in-line visual inspection systems to ensure quality and traceability.
Our ability to provide one-stop shopping for Herblife’s extensive product line greatly simplifies e-pedigree implementation, streamlines sourcing management, and consolidates order tracking and monthly reporting. Combining the purchase of print and packaging with MPS also ensures color matching across all components for consistent brand identity.
Our multiple facilities with flexible capabilities and built-in redundancies ensure the efficient distribution and supply chain security that are critical for the Herbalife brand. State-of-the-art code creation, data management, and inspection systems provide the foundation required for a secure supply chain.