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How Child-safe Drug Packaging Works

May. 25, 2022

In today's world, almost 95% of drug packaging does not have child protection features, and its safety tips are generally simply reflected in the drug instructions, even for imported drugs, child-safe drug packaging is omitted to save cost and lives.


What is child-safe drug packaging?

Generally refers to children and adults part of the oral drug (such as cardiovascular and cerebrovascular treatment drugs, psychotropic drugs, etc.), the use of children are not easy to open, tear open the packaging to prevent children from accidentally taking, but adults can open without difficulty.

The issue of safe packaging for children has been of great concern abroad. In some developed countries, laws, regulations and standards have been in place since 1974 to enforce child-safe packaging in relevant industries. According to the World Health Organization and foreign literature, countries that require manufacturers to provide child-protective packaging for pharmaceuticals and toxic substances have found a dramatic decline in the number of children treated for drug poisoning. Australia saw a 45% to 60% reduction in child poisoning deaths and a 60% to 90% reduction in outpatient and emergency treatment for similar injuries. In the United Kingdom, the number of children (under 10 years of age) who died from drug poisoning also dropped dramatically.

How Child-safe Drug Packaging Works

Child safety packaging test

1, packaging materials must not produce substances that could endanger human or other lives

2, the packaging of harmful contents should be marked with relevant safety warnings and methods of use

3, the packaging of harmful contents should be clearly distinguished from the packaging of food or beverages, using different colors, shapes or other means if necessary, to avoid consumer misunderstandings

4, the packaging should be opened in a reasonable and convenient manner, especially to consider the different requirements of vulnerable consumers (such as children, people with disabilities).

5, the packaging of harmful contents should be equipped with a safety locking device, both to make it difficult for children to open, but also easy for people with disabilities to open.

6, the size, dimensions and shape of the package shall not cause misunderstanding of its contents by consumers.

7, packaging specifications should be appropriate for its end use and the average consumption rate of the product to ensure that consumers can reasonably consume the contents during the warranty period

8, avoid fussy packaging, use the cheapest materials and minimize the cost of packaging added to the price of the product, as long as it does not violate other requirements.


The working principle

The design of the cap is the key to safe packaging of openable medicines for children. The present invention relates to a child-openable medicine bottle, which belongs to the technical field of medicine packaging bottle, and is used to prevent children from opening medicine bottles by themselves. Its cap adopts a double-layer structure, with the inner cap threadedly connected to the mouth of the bottle and the outer cap connected to the inner cap. It requires external pressure to press the outer cap to rotate so as to open the cap, which can effectively prevent children from opening the cap at will. The cap structure is simple, easy to use, and can effectively prevent children from opening the cap by themselves.

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How Child-safe Drug Packaging Works

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