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Sealed with Confidence – SureTECH aid Medicare Innovation

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What started out as the brainchild of a small team led by pharmacist and former BUPA Director, Norman Niven, in 2007 has quickly grown to become a global business. From the very start, Protomed’s founders were keen to challenge the status quo, pooling their passion and expertise to drive new standards in medication management.

By far the company’s biggest success story is its flagship product, Biodose, which seeks to cut waste and increase the likelihood of patients complying with dosage instructions for liquid oral medicines, tablets and capsules. Dispensed to more than 30,000 patients in the UK and Ireland, Biodose supplies prescriptions in personalised, pre-portioned sealed pots on trays.

“Care homes, domiciliary carers and pharmacists were trapped in an age of blister packs, pill boxes, dispensers, Medication Administration Records (MARs) and measuring spoons,” says Protomed founder and Chief Executive, Norman Niven. “As a result, consumers, patients and the elderly could often be exposed to widespread medication error.” In order to launch their unique Medication Dispensing Solution (MDS), Protomed engaged the help of SureTECH to provide the all-important thinking and adhesive technology to apply a patented tamper-evident sealing solution to its medication management pods.

“Biodose provides a safe, simple and reliable solution to the complex compliance challenge. It has cut round times with care homes by up to 50 per cent, and significantly reduced medication errors.” – Norman Niven, Protomed.
Each Patient Pack contains a 28-pod tray with individually removable tamper-evident medicine pots. The tray and pods are clearly labelled and can be opened easily. However, once opened, they cannot be resealed, providing extra security and accountability. The pods can be used to take oral solids and liquids without the need for medicine cups, thereby making the entire process quick and easy.

The tray film is printed along with an option of printing a MAR / Patient Information Sheet. The sheet tray film is placed on top of the previously filled tray and placed together in the sealing unit. Pressing a single button instantly seals every pod, making them ready for use.

“The results speak for themselves,” says Norman. “Biodose provides a safe, simple and reliable solution to the complex compliance challenge. It has cut round times with care homes by up to 50 per cent, and significantly reduced medication errors.”

After being named a 2009 finalist in the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (HCPC) Awards, Biodose has quickly grown to become an international brand, exported to key European markets including Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

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