Schreiner MediPharm Upgrades Security Label

BLAUVELT, NY | Schreiner MediPharm, a Germany-based global provider of specialty pharmaceutical labeling solutions, has introduced the Flexi-Cap Plus, the next generation of the Flexi-Cap security solution said to irreversibly indicate the first opening of primary containers to prevent their illegal reuse with counterfeit substances. 

The new version features a tear strip running through the label as an integrated element. The result is reported to be enhanced protection against tampering, as the label is destroyed upon initial opening and can no longer be reused as an alleged original.

According to company, illegal reuse of empty medicine containers with original labels poses a major problem to pharmaceutical manufacturers. So-called dumpster divers, e.g., sift through rubbish for used original containers and fill them with ineffective or harmful counterfeit substances. The alleged originals are subsequently put on the market without revealing any signs of tampering at first glance. To counteract these illegal practices, the Flexi-Cap security concept is based on the combination of a film cap with a label for clear and irreversible first-opening indication

“The enhancement introduced with the new Flexi-Cap Plus is that the tear strip is integrated directly in the label rather than run through the film cap,“ says Gene Dul, president of Schreiner MediPharm U.S. “When the tear strip is opened, it automatically destroys the label and makes it impossible to illegally reuse the container with this original label.”

By adding other overt and covert security technologies, such as holograms, color-shifting inks, void effects, or security pigments, further hurdles to tampering can be raised, according to company. Flexi-Cap Plus can be customized to accommodate various glass container types, shapes, and sizes and is integrated easily into a pharmaceutical manufacturer’s existing brand design. Said to be particularly useful for small containers, the lid of the film cap also offers additional space that can be used for imprinting barcodes or integrating NFC chips for interactive applications.

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