Lon began working in the packaging industry in 1981. He joined Colbert in 1998, and was instrumental in shaping its flexographic printing division, with a vision for the future of pharmaceutical packaging. Currently, he oversees Colbert’s pharmaceutical and healthcare sales, and has been instrumental in developing patient adherence and clean packaging alternatives. Lon is a member of Colbert’s Board of Directors since 2018. Lon enjoys dedicating time to his industry’s professional associations. He served as president of the IOPP Greater Chicago chapter, and was a member of the DCAT Board of Directors. He holds a B.S. from Minnesota State University.
• Innovative patent-pending package for OTC medications.
• Reduces retail pilferage and stores medication safely.
• Blister card is securely sealed within the outer carton.
• Medication remains with drug facts, instructions and warnings.
• Ideal for tablets, capsules, vitamins and other pills.
• Fully customizable with branding and drug information.
• Accommodates a wide range of blister cavities.
SecureOTC for over-the-counter medications has the power to thwart pilferage and promote proper drug usage.
While the practice of using blister cards in OTC pharmaceutical packaging is common, the blister card is typically an independent, removable component. In the retail aisle, pilferers can open the outer carton, remove the blister card and leave the empty carton on the shelf. Furthermore, most blister cards do not contain drug facts, dosage instructions, warnings and expiration dates; these key details are commonly found on the outer carton. Since the premise of OTC medications is self-prescription and administration, the information printed on the carton is essential to proper treatment. When the medication is removed from the carton and the carton discarded, whether intentionally through pilferage or unintentionally at home, the medication becomes subject to misuse.
An all-in-one packaging solution for OTC medications, SecureOTC provides unparalleled protection for pharmaceutical companies, pharmacies and consumers. It consists of a brandable outer carton and blister card – configured together as one package. Unlike traditional OTC packages, where the blister card is easily removable, SecureOTC locks the blister card within the outer carton.
To open, the consumer lifts the back flap and pulls a zipper to access the blister card. This process allows the medication to be easily removed without damaging the outer carton. The carton remains intact and can be kept for consumer reference.
• Award-winning, patented, customizable package design.
• Complies with retailers’ sustainability requirements.
• Reduces petroleum-based plastic use by up to 70 percent.
• Deters in-store tampering and pilferage with built-in security.
• Lowers consumer injury rates with safer-to-open materials.
• Delivers high visual appeal and maximizes shelf presentation.
• Generally costs less than traditional plastic clamshells.
• Optional tear-resistant hanger hole for product displays.
BlisterGuard is a highly versatile, designer-friendly package that delivers sustainability – but without sacrificing strength, security, stackability, style or savings. It is manufactured using heat-sealable solid bleached sulfate paperboard laminated with a multilayer strength film, together with a thermoformed blister, a paperboard-based design that offers manufacturers many benefits.
The large printable area generates maximum brand impact and shelf presentation, giving commercial products high visibility in retail settings. BlisterGuard is also recyclable* and meets retailers’ demands for more sustainable packaging by reducing the use of petroleum-based plastics by up to 70 percent. And by design, the lack of sharp edges makes BlisterGuard safer to open than traditional RF-sealed plastic clamshells. (Tear-resistant at the store, BlisterGuard is easy to open at home with a pair of scissors.)
BlisterGuard is ideal for a variety of products, including:
• Commercial goods requiring display through transparent packaging.
• Heavy products that need to be housed in a strong and durable package.
• High-value items that must be safeguarded with a pilfer-resistant design.
• Products that hang in standalone displays and at point-of-purchase counters.
The Environmentally Friendly Choice
• BlisterGuard eliminates printed inserts commonly associated with plastic clamshells.
• BlisterGuard reduces energy consumption by using less plastic/polymer material.
• BlisterGuard uses paperboard, a renewable resource, as its primary raw material.
• BlisterGuard can be recycled and reused to manufacture other paper and paperboard.*
• BlisterGuard may reduce costs by up to 35 percent over plastic clamshells.
* BlisterGuard may be recycled in programs that accept mixed material packaging.
• Based on the award-winning, patented BlisterGuard® package.
• Provides enhanced security to patient compliance packages.
• Material is resistant to tearing, biting and moisture.
• Complies with retailers’ sustainability requirements.
• Fully customizable and brandable.
Based on our award-winning BlisterGuard® security package, PharmaGuard® is a tear, bite and moisture-resistant solution designed to help pharmaceutical companies achieve their F rating goals. With PharmaGuard® integrated into any of our patient compliance packages, medications are safeguarded against child tampering – and yet the package remains easy for seniors to open.
PharmaGuard® combines Everest Safe-Pak® heat-sealable solid bleached sulfate paperboard from International Paper with a special multilayer strength film. PharmaGuard® can be recycled in programs that accept mixed material packaging.
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Brad joined Colbert Packaging in 1989, and throughout his career journey he has provided Colbert customers with a complete array of services from production and customer services management to sales and account management. For 13 years, Brad served as General Manager for one of Colbert’s manufacturing plants, and was responsible for all aspects of that facility’s operations. Brad is passionate about caring for customers and nurturing long-term business relationships. In his current role, Brad combines his vast experience in customer service, sales and business administration with his depth of knowledge in manufacturing and production. This provides Colbert’s customers with a well-rounded perspective and expertise in identifying production issues, and helping them to improve their manufacturing operations. Brad earned his B.A. in Business Management, with emphasis in Marketing.
Tim joined Colbert Packaging in 1989 as a cost accountant. He was named the general manager of Colbert’s South Bend facility in 1991. Tim was instrumental in Colbert’s acquisition of setup box assets from Barger Packaging Elkhart, and the eventual 2004 acquisition of Barger as a whole. In 2004, he was named the vice president and general manager of Colbert’s Elkhart, Indiana facility. In 2009, Tim worked on the acquisition of Crown Paper Box, Indianapolis and Dayton Carton, Louisville, Kentucky. Tim’s thirty years with Colbert have made him a prime resource for instilling “The Colbert Way” of servicing customers with urgency and excellence throughout the organization. Tim currently serves as the president of the Elkhart Urban Enterprise Association. He has a B.S. from Notre Dame in business administration.
In his thirty-year career in the packaging industry, Bill has worked in all phases of the industry. He started as an inside sales representative, subsequently moving on to customer service, estimator and production manager. He further broadened his experience while working as an implementation consultant for computer software created for the packaging industry. Bill joined Colbert Packaging in 2000. He leads pre-production and manufacturing across all three Colbert facilities, overseeing IT and our prepress and customer service departments. Bill has a B.S. in business finance from the University of Wisconsin.
Kraig started his career in accountancy firms, rising to the role of senior supervising accountant. He joined Colbert Packaging Corporation in 1996 as controller. From 1998 – 2004, he also served as VP of operations for the Indiana Division. Since 1997, he has been corporate secretary/treasurer. In 2004, Kraig was named chief financial officer and was made a member of the board of directors. In addition to providing vision and leadership as part of Colbert’s executive team, Kraig oversees all financial, accounting and HR functions for the company. Kraig is a CPA and has a B.S. in accountancy from Northern Illinois University.
John began his career in packaging in the mid-1980’s, gaining valuable experience on the production floor serving as a pressman and finishing department manager. Subsequently, he spent more than two decades moving up the ranks at MeadWestvaco and its AGI Media packaging business. He then served as director of operations, overseeing two manufacturing plants for a Midwest packaging firm. He joined Colbert in May 2017 as COO. As president and COO, John oversees daily operations, manages sales and marketing and has overall responsibility for Colbert’s three manufacturing facilities.
Nancy has spent over four decades growing her family’s box-making business. She joined Colbert in 1975, learning the ropes by working as an estimator for five years. She served as the assistant to the chairman, Charles Colbert, for the next 15 years. In 1995, Nancy was named executive vice president and was responsible for overseeing all HR functions. She was appointed chairman of the board in 2009. In 2018, Nancy took on the role of CEO. As CEO, Nancy’s vision is to steer Colbert Packaging into the future while ensuring that the family culture and values of an independent operation remain woven into the fabric of the company. Nancy has a B.S. from St. Lawrence University where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated cum laude.
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Colbert Patents: BlisterGuard and PharmaGuard are protected by Colbert Packaging Corporation under Patent Numbers US 7,051,876 B2 and US 7,784,250 B2 from the U.S. Department of Commerce, and Patent Number 2,497,044 from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. PharmaDial is protected by Colbert Packaging Corporation under Patent Number US 7,387,206 B2 from the U.S. Department of Commerce. EnviroGuard is protected by Colbert Packaging Corporation under Patent Numbers US 7,681,733 B2 and US 7,726,481 B2 from the U.S. Department of Commerce. ComplyPak is protected by Colbert Packaging Corporation under Patent Numbers US 7,748,535 B2, US 7,784,250 B2 and US 8,413,813 B2 from the U.S. Department of Commerce. MedLock is protected by Colbert Packaging Corporation under Patent Number US 8,602,218 B2 from the U.S. Department of Commerce. MedLock EZ is protected by Colbert Packaging Corporation under Patent Numbers US 9,452,877 B2 and US 9,844,489 B2 from the U.S. Department of Commerce. AlertPak and Zip-Sert are patent-pending.
Colbert Trademarks: BlisterGuard, Click-a-Dose, PharmaDial and Zip-Sert are registered trademarks of Colbert Packaging Corporation. AlertPak, BoxPocket, ComplyPak, EnviroGuard, MedLock, MedLock EZ, SecureOTC and PharmaGuard are trademarks of Colbert Packaging Corporation. Everest is a registered trademark and Safe-Pak is a trademark of International Paper Company. Sensormatic is a registered trademark of Sensormatic Electronics Corporation. Checkpoint is a registered trademark of Checkpoint Systems, Inc. SFI and Sustainable Forestry Initiative are registered trademarks of SFI, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.