Offset hooks and tough laminate help keep kids out of Locked4Kids, a child-resistant and re-closable carton for blister packs. Pharmaceutical companies may develop commercial uses for the paper packaging in 12 to 18 months, according to the product’s creator, Dutch supplier Ecobliss Holding B.V.
Locked4Kids can run on a regular cartoning machine at the same speeds as normal cartons, said Ron Linssen, founder and managing director of Ecobliss. Its partner on the project, the German packaging company Romaco Pharmatechnik, has produced samples of the cartons in widths ranging from 50 to 85 millimeters and lengths ranging from 120 to 200 millimeters.
The idea for Locked4Kids was born a few years ago, when Ecobliss decided to create “the world’s first child-resistant carton,” Linssen said. The packaging can be used for many different sensitive substances – pharmaceutical, chemical and toxic – in solid, liquid or powder form.
Launched in Oct. 2014, the paper packaging can also be used for syringes, ampules and vials. The cartons will be on display June 9 and 10 at Pharmapack North America.
In 2014 Locked4Kids won the Dutch packaging award, the Zilveren Noot.