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 purpose 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, packaging also serves safety functions, such as child-resistance and tampering evidence.

We have adopted “Design for Environment” guidelines that 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. We recently set a new target to review all of our new packaging designs for human health products to understand and minimize environmental impacts as much as possible, while still providing adequate protection of our products.

To help us evaluate the differences in environmental impact between packaging options, we use a simplified life-cycle assessment (LCA) tool that provides information on the environmental impact generated by the materials used in our packaging. The tool helps us to make informed decisions on which materials are better for the environment.

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

For more information about our new environmental goals, click here.