The new adherence products leverage Bio-PET, a medically approved bioplastic made of renewable resources, from plastic packaging provider good natured
Canada-based Jones Healthcare Group said that it is expanding its Qube and FlexRx family of medication adherence products for pharmacies with sustainable packaging.
The Qube Pro, FlexRx One and FlexRx Reseal are designed to reduce environmental footprints for pharmacies, while saving time for pharmacy care teams.
Jones Healthcare Group said that medication adherence packages, also called blister packs, will organise medications based on the time and day the doses must be taken to help patients and their caregivers.
The company’s new adherence products leverage Bio-PET, a medically approved bioplastic made of renewable resources, from plastic packaging provider good natured.
Good natured manufactures bioplastic pellets, sheets, and finished goods for food packaging and durable products in North America.
Good natured CEO Paul Antoniadis said: “We are impressed to see Jones taking the lead on sustainability in the pharmaceutical packaging industry and are honoured to be their partner to make that happen.
“Sustainable plant-based packaging alternatives are now economical options, while at the same time doing good by the planet and human health.”
The Qube Pro, FlexRx One and FlexRx Reseal are compatible with a wide spectrum of automated robots that fill blister packs with medications.
Also, the products are compatible with semi-automated filling technologies from Synergy Medical, McKesson Canada, Global Factories and other providers.
Jones Healthcare Group said that Qube Pro, FlexRx One and FlexRx Reseal products will be available through pharmacies in the first quarter of 2022.
Jones medication adherence senior vice president Trevor Noye said: “We continue to focus on circular design principles for our products to bring more sustainable packaging to the marketplace – it’s our responsibility, and it’s important to our pharmacy customers and the patients under their care.
“Not only is our new packaging the first to use leading-edge Bio-PET, but it also uses foil-free backings to improve recyclability.
“These solutions have been designed to increase efficiency and quality of sealing in both automated and manual filling environments. The Qube Pro and FlexRx One require half the time to seal versus similar products and are easy to assemble.”
In June last year, Jones acquired a new fully integrated two-lane Uhlmann blister packaging line to boost its production capabilities.