Packaging concept for liquid medicine
Liquid medicines such as solutions, syrups and mixtures are often more suitable alternative to use compared to solid ones, especially in cases involving children, elderly or someone who is otherwise having trouble swallowing medicines. There are few different dosing devices being used such as dosing spoon, dosing cup, measuring spoon and syringe. Our own research revealed that alot of parents prefer using syringe instead of the common measuring spoon when dosing and giving medicine to their children.
The precision of dosage is very important, especially with little children when the dose is usually quite small. With this in mind, syringe is the easiest and the most accurate device for dosing liquid medicine. With elderly it can be difficult to hold the full measuring spoon steady without spilling any to the ground. In these cases the syringe would also work alot better than some more traditional devices.
Getting the right dosage is clearly the most severe problem when it comes to liquid medicines. A study recently published by the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that over 98% of the over-the-counter liquid pediatric medicines including some kind of measuring device had inconsistencies between the medication’s dosing directions and markings on the device. The study included 200 top-selling liquid medications for children and 74% of those products included a measuring device.
Another study published in pediatric medical journal in early 2010 focused on assessing parents’ liquid medication administration errors by dosing instrument type. Three hundred two parents of children took part in this experimental study revealing that three out of four times errors in dosing were made when using a measuring cup. Meanwhile errors with using syringe or dropper only occured once out of ten occasions.
Most liquid medicines come with either a dosing cup or a spoon but rarely a syringe. If a person wishes to use it instead of more common devices, he or she needs to acquire it separately from a pharmacy. Even then you usually need an adapter to fit the syringe tight in the bottle. This works to some extent but the problem is theres no standard neck sizes or adapters being used between products of different pharmaceutical companies. Then theres the bottles that include a dropper in the cap, but those are mostly used with medicines that require very small dosage.
You can think of Syripack as a more advanced version of the medical dropper bottle. Instead of a dropper it includes an integrated syringe that also works as a cap for the bottle. It is shaped in a way that supports the function of dosing and also protects the syringe from damage. Soft curves and round corners also give the packaging less frightening appearance from a children’s point of view. Syripack is designed to ease the use of liquid medicines by simplifying the procedure with integrated measuring device. It’s a part of the packaging, therefore its always available and required when the medicine is being dosed.
Syripack incorporates a silicone valve around the opening that stays closed with the pressure of the liquid. When the syringe is pushed in its place the tip penetrates the valve and lets the liquid flow into the syringe.
Hold the bottle bottom to the ground and pull the piston by using other hand until the dose is correct. Syringe can be released by turning it 90 degrees counter-clockwise.