Packaging systems designer Comar has introduced the new DoseGuard system in response to calls from US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for improved liquid medication packaging.
The system, which provides a solution for keeping kids safe from unintentional ingestion, consists of a valved bottle adapter and oral dispensers that are available in sizes of 0.5ml, 1ml, 3ml, 5ml, 10ml and 20ml.
According to the company, DoseGuard's design gives parents and caregivers the ability to prevent infants and toddlers from accessing liquid medications without supervision.
The dispenser can be inserted by consumers into the valved bottle adapter to withdraw the product, and the system reseals and remains sealed after the product is dispensed, offering protection against unintentional ingestion of the contents in the container.
Comar president Mike Ruggieri, commenting on the development, said, "The CDC request was particularly challenging. They were looking for a passive system that would still be effective for applications in which children were unsupervised."
The system is protected by patents and CE marked and its components are manufactured in facilities that comply with current good manufacturing practices (GMP) and ISO 9001:13485 quality standards.
The Protect Initiative was formed by the CDC with OTC medications manufacturers, medication packaging manufacturers and healthcare professionals to formulate strategies for thwarting unintentional medication overdoses in children.
Comar, which is a member of the initiative, shared its expertise in child-safe drug delivery and dispensing solutions.
The company provides manufacturing services for pharmaceutical and Class 1 medical device moulding.
Image: Comar's DoseGuard system consists of a valved bottle adapter and oral dispensers; Photo: Courtesy of Vocus PRW Holdings, LLC/ Comar Inc