Product Stewardship

Optimal packaging design protects our products in a compliant manner, and meets or exceeds customer needs, with the minimum possible environmental impact.

The packaging we use for our finished products and in-process materials serves a range of important purposes. The foremost is to protect the purity, efficacy and physical integrity of the product. Packaging also provides the customer with information and convenience, the pharmacist or provider with accurate dispensing information at the point of purchase, and our business with marketing value. For some products, the packaging also serves safety functions, such as child-resistance and tampering evidence.

In recent years, we have implemented strategies to reduce the amount of packaging line waste we generate. We have also developed “Design for Environment” guidelines that will help our engineers design new product packages that are better for the environment by minimizing package sizes and using more environmentally friendly materials, where possible. As we continue to expand our packaging-improvement efforts, we are making sure that our changes do not increase product loss rates, since that would offset the environmental benefits of packaging improvements.

Our Design for Environment guidelines help our engineers design packages that minimize package sizes and use more environmentally friendly materials.

To help us evaluate the environmental differences between packaging options, we use a simplified life-cycle assessment software tool called COMPASS® (Comparative Packaging Assessment) that has been thoroughly vetted by independent verifiers and member companies within the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC), and is supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

For more information about waste-reduction efforts at our facilities, click here.