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Flexi-Cap: Schreiner MediPharm Presents Innovative First-Opening Indication for Medicine Containers

Schreiner MediPharm at interpack 2014 in Düsseldorf, Hall 7a, Booth D23

Empty medicine containers can be unnoticeably refilled and put on the market as a supposedly original product. At the interpack exhibition in Düsseldorf from May 8 – 14, Schreiner MediPharm will present Flexi-Cap, a first-opening indication that prevents illegal reuse with an innovative combination of label and cap, and protects patients from dangerous counterfeit products.

Dumpster diving – this is what searching for useful trash in waste containers is called. During this process, people are also looking for empty medicine containers, in order to fill them with counterfeit substances, which are not easily recognizable at first sight. Schreiner MediPharm has developed the security solution Flexi-Cap, which clearly and irreversibly shows that a primary container has been opened. Therefore, the label is combined with a capsule, similar to the cover for wine bottles, but which has been adapted to the specific requirements of the pharmaceutical industry.

First, the capsule or cap is put over the closed container, then the label is applied without covering the peel-open tab of the opening strip. Once the strip is opened, the bottom part of the cap, together with the label, remains attached to the container. Attempting to remove the rest of the cap destroys the label. This eliminates the possibility of unnoticed illegal reuse.

Tamper Protection and Label in One
Flexi-Cap enables flexible use with different container types, forms and sizes. In contrast to shrink-wrap solutions, the label construction can be applied without using heat, which makes it also suitable for temperature-sensitive medicines. The pharmaceutical manufacturer's label and brand design remain unchanged, due to the combination of label and cap. In addition, the top of the cap allows space for bar code printing or NFC chip integration for electronic tracking. By adding extra security features, the manufacturer can further increase the hurdle for counterfeiters. In addition, the solution can be easily integrated into existing production processes.

Schreiner MediPharm – Hall 7a, Booth D23