Blister packaging is one of the most secure ways to pack, ship, and store goods and medicines. It’s so protective, in fact, that many end consumers actually have difficulty getting to the goods themselves. Naturally, many consumers have become frustrated with their blister packaging and their inability to easily open it.
So why don’t pharma packaging services make their plastic blister packaging designs easier to open? Rather than just tell you, here are a few shocking cases of product tampering to show you why blister packaging needs to be so secure.
Australian Sizzler restaurants had a serious product tampering case on their hands back in 2006. One diner found rat poison in her soup, while another diner in a separate location found the same pellets in her pasta sauce. The culprit turned out to be a Brisbane woman who was mentally unstable. Although no one was hurt, a spokesperson for Sizzler admitted that the chain should have gone to authorities sooner.
Back in 1998, a respiratory therapist who was addicted to Fentanyl, a potent narcotic often used as medicine, extracted some of the drug for himself and replaced it with water. However, the water contained the Serratia marcescens bacteria, which then caused an outbreak.
In 2010, Alexander and Christine Clement bought Jell-O pudding at four different grocery stores. They’d go home, take the pudding mix out, replace it with sand and salt, and then return it for a refund. The elderly couple got away with it for a while until someone noticed, and they were caught on surveillance cameras.
As you can see, blister packaging needs to be tough to keep malicious consumers from being able to tamper with products. So, the next time you find yourself frustrated with clamshell blister packaging, just remember that it’s tough for a reason.