Amcor unveils SecurePlus child-resistant closure for ophthalmic packaging

At Pack Expo 2015, Amcor Rigid Plastics has launched a new child-resistant (CR) closure, SerurePlus, for ophthalmic packaging.

As a 15mm diameter polypropylene (PP) two-piece closure, it uses a push-and-turn system which can be opened by adults. Amcor said SecurePlus replaces today’s single-piece PP closures which are non-child resistant.

Amcor unveils SecurePlus child-resistant closure for ophthalmic packaging

SecurePlus CR closures work on any 15mm diameter ophthalmic bottle. For example, it can be used for squeezable linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) eye drop containers ranging from 5ml to 60ml.

The product is developed in response to new federal government regulations that require child-resistant closures for certain drug packaging, the company stated.

“It was a challenge due to the closure’s small diameter,” explained Greg Rosati, Marketing Director for the Diversified Products Division of Amcor Rigid Plastics. “Our design team underwent a few iterations to pass the protocols and also maximize productivity and functionality.”

A ruling from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) requires child-resistant packaging for any over-the-counter or prescription product containing the equivalent of 0.08mg or more of imidazoline, a class of drugs that includes tetrahydrozoline, naphazoline, oxymetazoline, and xylometazoline in a single package.

Products containing imidazolines can cause serious adverse reactions such as central nervous system (CNS) depression, decreased heart rate, and depressed ventilation in children who accidentally ingest them.

Pack Expo 2015 was held in Las Vegas, the US from September 28-30.