[Pharmwaste] FW: FW: USP Question on today's call - can folks please clarify the question on blister packs?

Stevan Gressitt gressitt at uninets.net
Sun Feb 5 17:09:00 EST 2006

For those interested in the issue of re-dispensing.It has taken me a while,
but I think this means there is a new complication. It would appear that
repackaging medicine through blister pack technology is not acceptable
except for one, the first and initial, pass to the first customer.

It is not clear to me how any recycling can then be done, unless original
packaging is used.

Stevan Gressitt, M.D. 



From: Claudia Okeke [mailto:cco at usp.org] 
Sent: Friday, February 03, 2006 1:54 PM
Cc: Claudia Okeke
Subject: Can folks please clarify the question on blister packs?


Dear Dr. Stevan,

The content of your discussion lies on two USP general chapters- <661>
Containers, and <1146> Repackaging in single dose containers such as blister
packs. USP says in <661> that reprocessing of repackaged unit dose container
shall not be done. Part of the concern here is on the the effect of heat
sealing when blistering, and the dosage form storage and handling which may
compromise the intergrity of the drug prior to adminstration. I hope this
has answered your question. 


Claudia C. Okeke, Ph.D.

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