12 Months, 12 Solutions – Countdown to the EU Falsified Medicines Directive

August Pharma-Security Feature: Flexi-Cap

Dumpster diving – this means sifting through containers, typically in search for food. However, medicine counterfeiters have long discovered this “source” as well: They look for empty medicine containers in order to fill them with fake substances. While the mandatory EU Directive makes tampering with secondary packaging more difficult, the risk with primary containers remains – and here first-opening indication would be particularly important: a security gap that Flexi-Cap can effectively close.

This is how the Flexi-Cap security concept works: First, a film cap with an integrated tear strip is pulled over the closed container. Subsequently, a label is applied without covering the starter tab of the tear strip. When the tear strip is opened, the bottom of the cap with the label remains on the container. When trying to remove the rest of the cap, the label will tear, clearly and irreversibly indicating first opening. Thus, undetected, illegal reuse of the primary container is precluded.

Schreiner MediPharm has developed Flexi-Cap as a security solution for primary containers enabling users to tell at first glance whether or not they are holding an unopened original medication in their hands. The intelligent cap-label combination can be flexibly customized to accommodate diverse containers, is applied without heat and thus suitable for temperature-sensitive medicines. For enhanced counterfeiting protection, further overt security features such as holograms, color-shifting inks and guilloches, covert features such as LaserSecure pigments or hidden void effects can be added to the label. In addition, the lid of the cap offers ample space for imprinting with barcodes or the possibility of integrating an NFC chip for electronic tracking. Thus, Flexi-Cap offers innovative tamper protection, helps secure the supply chain and meets the requirements of the EU Directive – even for primary containers.

In our blog series “12 Months, 12 Solutions: The Countdown to the EU Falsified Medicines Directive” over the next twelve months, we will present twelve selected security features that can be used to make medicinal packaging counterfeit-proof.

For more information on Schreiner MediPharm and our innovative Solutions for the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Industry, please visit: www.schreiner-medipharm.com

More information on Flexi-Cap can be found at www.flexi-cap.com

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