Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, through its Healthcare Packaging business segment, announced today at CPhI/Innopack 2013 its partnership and collaboration with PumpArt System® for the introduction of an innovative airless dispensing technology, Tubairless®, to the pharmaceutical industry.
The combination of an air chamber and a soft plastic pouch sealed within a flexible tube, Tubairless is a dispensing system that helps protect sensitive cream-based formulas from the adverse effects of outside air. Many medicated creams, ointments, gels and pastes are susceptible to moisture gain or loss as well as certain types of contamination.
The tube’s internal pump prevents air-intake and product flow-back during dispensing, reducing the ingress of unwanted elements that can contaminate the contents. Protection can be further enhanced by integrating multiple protective barrier or active layers to the package.
“The Tubairless design appeals to both healthcare providers and patients,” said Elisa Le Floch, Pharm.D., Clariant Healthcare Packaging business development manager. “It not only helps address preservation issues as formulators look for ways to reduce or eliminate preservatives from formulations, but can also improve patient compliance with a user friendly experience.”
Patients in studies have indicated that they appreciate the ability to more accurately control the dosage without unexpected release or splashing. Tubairless also allows for the almost complete evacuation of the product – at least 95 percent – providing a clear economic benefit.
The tube system boasts less complexity with only three parts compared to up to 20 with a piston pump system, contributing to its cost effectiveness. From a sustainability perspective, Tubairless uses 25-50 percent less plastic than conventional airless tube-pumps.
The product will be showcased at CPhI/Innopack, booth 41F39, October 22-24, 2013, at Messe Frankfurt in Germany.