Sometimes when you buy a strip of medicine (tablets), you notice of empty slots. Irrespective of the exact shape of the tablet, it can be round, rectangle, oval; every strip is packaged in this typical design-geometry. Ever wondered why?
There are many interesting consumer antidotes for this style of packaging:
- It provides an increased shelf life to medicines
- Pharmaceutical industry compliance
- Marketing standard
- Standard measure for unit dose
- Avoid tampering
- Plain buyer psychology – high cost means more effective tablets
There are some scientific answers too:
- Empty space is created to reduce inertness between tablets. In other words, reduce any chemical reaction between the tablets.
- The gap is to strengthen PVC. Tables are packed in PVC sheets. PVC has chemical properties to strengthen compression (fitting) of medicines and keep the packaging straight
- Empty space are used to fill in important information including, date of packaging and expiry date