There are popular drivers for smart packaging, including the elderly demographic, the more sophisticated customers, the desire for more details on goods bought, the importance of advertising, the need to differentiate between products in the light of increased competitiveness, and tighter rules.
Smart packaging can also address major problems, such as tracking patients who do not take medications at the right time as appropriate or reminding them that drugs or foods are should be consumed. In this sense, there are other major imminent developments, such as tracking goods and foods in grocery stores to many emerging innovations that allow machine learning techniques to recognize objects, to the increasing implementation of RFID on digital labels.
In a broader sense, Smart packaging technology is developed to produce real-time data in the healthcare industry. As the patient moves the tablet out of the blister pack, data about the type of drug, the time of the release of the tablet, and the precise packaging cavity is redirected to the company’s database by the mobile application or reader. This digital tool is intended to minimize the need for manual reporting and supervision during clinical trials, increase patient compliance, and shorten the time of the trials.
Non-compliance in medicine intake also costs the pharmacy industry more money than the personal experience due to unfilled new prescriptions and refills. This may be exacerbated by patients being unclear about the reason for the drug and not being completely assured about the benefits and necessity of drugs. But also, people generally tend to forget or overlook the regular drug consumption after a while unless there is no direct supervision over them. This will get worse with elderly people since they can easily forget their routine.
One corporation, Aardex, has a plastic bottle of pills that is constantly measured by a load cell in the base, capturing when the pill is taken. These kits are used in clinical trials that integrate RFID so that the history of patient drug intake can be monitored and recorded.
Another innovation that grabs attention is the EnvisionAmerica application, which digitally stores a copy of the information on the RFID label under the standard patient data tag. The unit kept close then calls out loud knowledge to aid the blind, partially sighted, illiterate, dyslexic, and others trembling from illness, or in a dark spot, as they need to hear guidance.
Compliance by smart packaging:
- Helps the healthcare provider illustrate the correct prescription protocol
- Streamlines the medication management for the patient
- Provides guidance, encouragement, and support to the needy patient
- Develops a lasting and consistent treatment that needs no participation of the doctor or pharmacist.
- Decreases medicine usage errors
Smart blister package and plastic bottles minimize the level of inaccurate numbers reported in drug trials, degradation of drugs, as well as losing or misusing the doses.
Smart packaging may bring several different advantages to the pharmaceutical company, the pharmacist or drug store, and the customer, the patient. For example, it answers the need for brands to interact with the consumer while trying to eliminate imitated products especially to the elderly population’s need for drug delivery devices.
Smart packaging for items is the packing innovation that goes beyond the simple purpose of simply preserving and shielding the commodity by offering functionality and practical advantages for the customer.