Compliance-prompting packages honored by the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council

By Daphne Allen in Adherence on May 10, 2016

The Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (HCPC) has announced the winners of its annual Compliance Package of the Year competition. The not-for-profit trade association encourages the greater use of compliance-prompting packaging to improve patient adherence and patient outcomes.

Held since 1995, the annual awards program honors the most innovative pharmaceutical packages designed to improve patient adherence from the preceding market year. This year’s industry winners are:

 

  • 2015 HCPC Compliance Package of the Year: Vertex ORKAMBI Medication Package from PCI Pharma Services
  • 2015 HCPC Compliance Package of the Year First Runner Up: Merck Januvia Medication Package from Westrock
  • 2015 HCPC Compliance Package of the Year Second  Runner Up: Mannkind Afrezza Medication Package from PCI Pharma Services

 

The HCPC 2015 Compliance Package of the Year, Vertex ORKAMBI Medication Package from PCI Pharma Services, features individual daily blister units held in weekly cartons and then packed together in an outer monthly carton. According to a news release issued by HCPC, Vertex ORKAMBI (lumacaftor/ivacaftor) is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of cystic fibrosis (CF) in patients age 12 years and older who have two copies of the F508del mutation (F508del/F508del) in their CFTR gene. Graphics and instructions guide patients through the regimen, which entails "reminding patients to take the AM and PM doses 12 hours apart and to take their medicine with fat containing foods," states HCPC. 

One of the judges described the Orkambi compliance-prompting prescription package: “Vertex Pharmaceuticals’ Orkambi pack for treatment of cystic fibrosis is quite simply one of the best pharmaceutical package designs I’ve ever seen. It starts with a folding carton that displays like a carryout lunch box. The carton opens from the top whereby the inner flap provides easy-to-read dosage instructions. Inside the box are four separate and identical folding cartons that all open just like the larger outer carton. All packaging components are color coded, with each of the four cartons representing a seven day supply of medications, four tablets per day. There is no wasted space.  The true beauty of this package, however, is once you open each of the four smaller cartons. Inside, a color-coded carrier is marked with each day of the week. The carrier is slotted so that seven blister packs are cushioned within each slot, from both ends. The patient can look at the inside top flap on each of the cartons to see how to remove two tablets from the blister pack in the morning, and two more at night.”

Read on about the 2015 HCPC Compliance Package of the Year First Runner Up: Merck Januvia Medication Package from Westrock

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