Before healthcare products keep people safe, it’s necessary to keep the products themselves safe!
Whether oral solid dosage pharmaceuticals, drug delivery systems or diagnostic and medical devices, many healthcare products are susceptible to degradation and stability issues.
Airnov is the specialist of controlled atmosphere with deep knowledge in moisture, oxygen and odors management inside healthcare packaging. Contact us for more details on which solution is the most suitable for your specific needs.
Gummies are a type of infused chewable that are typically sweetened and act as a dosage form in the pharmaceutical industry. Most commonly, they carry vitamins and supplements, initially targeting children but expanding into adult dosages within the last decade. Designed for even dissolution and gradual absorption by the gastrointestinal tract, their effectiveness does not differ from most other dosage forms (tablets, capsules, etc.). They are often made in the shape of gum drop, gummy bears and other animals, or even cartoon characters. Still, due to their unique composition, gummies also come with challenges that ought to be addressed in order to maintain their integrity and deliver them without compromising their quality or shelf life. Airnov offers a diverse range of products – from tried and tested desiccant packets, to a number of unique solution – Pharmakeep® canisters, EQius™ capsules, and the particularly convenient Oxynov™ barrier bottle.
The challenges behind the production of gummy packaging
Gummies are a unique form of edible medicine that guarantees ease of use and excellent absorption of active ingredients by the patient. They have been in use since the 1950s and have proven an excellent option for young children. Today, they are made for adults as well as toddlers and are available throughout most pharmacies and many grocery stores. Their attractive taste and similarity to gummy candies is their main selling point, making them an easier alternative to more traditional dosage forms. As a rule of thumb, the taste should be merely palatable. The reason behind this is the risk of very young children treating gummies like any other candy and indulging in a dose far above the one prescribed. Of course, the manufacturer also ought to consider the topics of safety, strength, quality, identity, and purity.
When it comes to gummy packaging, the challenges are no less numerous. Gummies have been shown to suffer from stability problems and overall have a shorter shelf life than some other dosage forms. This makes them vulnerable to external influences and utmost care ought to be taken in an effort towards their preservation. Without adequate attention, they are at risk of losing potency over time.
There are several factors that contribute to this. Oxygen degradation and oxidative reactions are perhaps the most obvious. They can be divided into two major forms – namely autoxidation and chain oxidation processes. Many foodstuffs (for gummies are ultimately a candy, regardless of their medical use) suffer from this problem. The mechanisms are, from a chemical point of view, rather simple, but their inhibition and prevention have proven a difficult task for most packaging manufacturers.
Another major pathway towards the degradation of pharmaceuticals is the level of humidity. In fact, moisture is arguably the most common problem, regardless of whether we are dealing with gummies. Even a minuscule amount can create numerous issues further down the line, causing a sticky effect between the gummies. At the revers an excessive dryness can create crack at the surface of the gummies and modify the plasticity.
We should also mention the risk of physical damage that may occur during transportation. This is brought about by faults in the packaging but also by inadequate handling. Finding ways to prevent both can be a challenge and logistic skills as well as up-to-date engineering are required for the task.
Finding the most up-to-date custom solutions
In addition to being widely prescribed to toddlers, gummies are becoming an increasingly popular choice for adults. Still, these infused sweets have a susceptibility to oxidation, and gummy packaging should address these concerns. Airnov offers a selection of solutions, all of which guarantee durability, are lightweight yet sturdy, and have impressive protective properties. Our methods are paired with the most up-to-date technology and are able to offer the perfect balance between superior quality and competitive prices. In fact, it is our keen attention on cutting costs while maintaining maximum customer satisfaction that sets us apart in this highly specialized market.
Giving equal attention to gummy bears, capsules, and medical devices, our team of experts invests consistent effort into research and innovation.. Meeting the needs of every client has always been and continues to be imperative. Through highly customizable packaging and production plants across the globe – including several posts in Europe and Asia – we are able to offer a steady stream of supply in a timely manner. This effectively removes the dangers of late delivery.
From desiccant packets to the Oxynov™ barrier bottle
Airnov remains committed to the effort of addressing different issues and meeting every challenge. We aim to protect the product throughout its lifecycle and make sure it reaches the end-user in perfect condition, with its potency undiminished. For gummies, we have selected four different options that have proven to perform this task even in the most difficult circumstances.
Pharmakeep® canisters utilize an innovative and unique line of polymer-based oxygen absorbers, always keeping the environment humidity neutral. Their main advantage is the fact that they require no moisture to react and, instead, prevent oxygen degradation under all conditions. They are available as canisters, packets, and bags – and work best when paired with our Oxynov™. Both can benefit from high-speed insertion, making sure that a very high volume of products can be delivered to the client.
Oxynov™ barrier bottle belongs to the class of multi-layer extrusion blow molded pharmaceutical containers. The latest innovation in the world of pharmaceutical packaging, these barrier bottles are engineered with no less than six protective layers – one of which includes Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol (EVOH). Their job is to block oxygen ingress and even offer additional UV barriers which are excellent in case the product is ever exposed to the harmful effects of the sun.
EQius™ or Equilibrium RH Stabilizers are sorbent products ideally suited both for edible medicine and an entire array of other items. They act as both a humectant and a desiccant, creating a safe environment for particularly sensitive drug forms. Such capsules can offer different equilibrium levels – from 10% to 60% RH.
Desiccant packets are small sachets that help with moisture absorption. They can be customized and adapted in an almost endless number of ways – shape, size, branding, as well as active ingredients. They can contain SILICAGEL, MOLSIEVE, CARBON, or a mix (2-in-1 Pak®), – all of which combat moisture but are also able to minimize the influence of oxygen and remove unwanted odor. Packets are available pre-cut or as reel-wound Continu-Strip. This form of automation speeds up the insertion process and considerably cuts down delivery times. It is also among the most cost-effective solutions.
The advantages of our approach
Since its inception as an integral part of Airsec in 1952, our company has provided clients from across the globe with reliable, trustworthy, efficient service. The products from our line are a testament to our commitment to providing only the best for our clients. We understand the challenges faced and use agility, experience, performance, and respect to create a perfect environment for progress. We are proud of our ability to adapt to change and face the future with a bright and assertive attitude. Through constant striving for innovation in packaging and protecting pharmaceutical products, medical devices, we aim for a level of safety rarely surpassed by our competitors.
Our Business Continuity Planning (BCP) enables us to utilize multi-lane production equipment at multiple sites, making sure that each order – no matter how large – is delivered at the right time. A fully transverse approach is perhaps our biggest advantage. We offer products in all ranges, being able to meet any demand. The team has a sharp eye for innovation and is committed to delivering only stellar results.
Get in touch
We at Airnov are always open to new ideas, propositions, and business inquiries. If you have any questions, would like a quote for your next project, or simply wish to get more information on our extensive range of products – do not hesitate to contact us. We will do everything to take your ideas to the next level and work together to create the best solution to fit your needs.