Ampac’s Flexible Pouch Offers New Drug Delivery Options

Product News Network

October 24, 2005

Cincinnati, OH (September 26, 2005)- Ampac Flexibles-Converted Products, a unit of Ampac Packaging LLC, introduces a drug delivery pouch designed to work in conjunction with devices which now rely on either glass vials or aerosol containers.

Traditionally, hand-held drug delivery devices for pulmonary pharmaceuticals (such as inhalers) use either glass vials or aerosol containers to dispense medicine. These container types inherently have dispensing challenges (such as head space in the case of glass vials) or added production expense for aerosols (adding a pressurization step to the container). Additionally, head space gases can have a negative effect on shelf life.

Ampac Flexibles now gives pharmaceutical manufacturers a third option-Flexi 6833, a polyester/foil/sealant layer lamination that can be converted into a drug delivery pouch for liquid or powder-based products.

Flexi 6833 is a high-barrier, very thin gauge material that is designed to be converted into a small pouch. A typical configuration would be 1.5- x 1.5-inches, however other sizes are possible. The structure is capable of accepting a small plastic fitment that would be used by the device to dispense the drug.

Further, the Flexi 6833 drug delivery pouch has several advantages over both the glass vials and aerosol containers currently in use. The thin structure allows the flexible pouch to fully collapse which facilitates evacuation while preventing air from entering. The fully collapsible structure also eliminates the need for the pressurization found in aerosol containers. The fully-filled container also eliminates head space which positively contributes to shelf life.

The end result is a lightweight, thin, high-barrier container that delivers drugs in a more efficient manner than traditional container types. It also gives pharmaceutical companies another drug delivery option for reusable devices.

Ampac Packaging LLC is privately held, and is owned by senior executives together with equity backing by Key Principal Partners and Pouschine Cook Capital Management. It is a diversified, international, flexible packaging company with nine operating sites in North America and Asia employing approximately 850 people with revenues in excess of $200 million annually. In addition to products offered by Ampac Flexibles, the company is the preeminent supplier of domestic and overseas retail specialty shopping bags, and disposable, tamper evident, security bags.

For more information, visit Ampac’s website at: www.ampaconline.com.