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Patient-Centric Pharmaceutical Packaging Design
Case Study

Need for Ergonomic Packaging Solutions

Many patients have difficulties opening medical primary packaging. But what is the ideal closure design for patients with impaired fine motor skills?

Patients with arthritis or diabetes or repercussions of chemotherapy often cannot move their fingers or experience pain when moving their fingers. This can cause them great difficulty when trying to open a tablet container. Solutions available on the market involve various additional devices or separate opening aids, which can be lost or broken easily.

 

Application Study with Affected Patients

Together with the Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacoepidemiology at Heidelberg University Hospital, we evaluated new ergonomically optimized closure designs for tablet containers for user-friendliness and manageability.

The closure variants were tested with outpatients of the rheumatology clinic—among them sufferers of arthritis or rheumatism and scleroderma.

These patient groups have in common tender or tight skin, stiff and painful joints or even more severe symptoms that significantly reduce their fine motor skills and grip strength. Patients taking part in the study had up to 30% lower finger force than adults without impairment. Consequently, they have great difficulties with opening drug containers.

Findings of the study:

Design Thinking: Integrating the Patient's Perspective

We chose a patient-centric development approach in collaboration with the Department of Clinical
Pharmacology & Pharmacoepidemiology at Heidelberg University Hospital to develop optimized closure solutions for impaired patients. We had access to patients with scleroderma and rheumatoid arthritis, who took part in an application study. Based on first insights and hypotheses about patients' needs, alternative closure designs were developed. These designs were then tested by the affected patient group regarding easier opening and closing compared to a standard closure, using different grip techniques. Subsequently, the ergonomic design solution was further refined in an iterative process, based on observations and interviews from this application study.

 

Ergonomic closures developed by Röchling Medical for motor-impaired patients

What Distinguishes the Ergonomic Closure Design?

The ergonomic shape simplifies handling and minimizes the required force:

 

The benefits of ergonomic closure design:

Ergonomic Closure Variants

Ergonomic closures for motor-impaired patients
Ergonomic closures for motor-impaired patients

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