Silgan Dispensing, a global leader in the design, development and manufacturing of highly engineered pumps and sprayers in the pharmaceutical, home and beauty markets, will highlight its newest ophthalmic dispensing solution, Iridya, at this year’s Pharmapack, Europe’s dedicated Pharmaceutical Packaging and Drug Delivery event.
Iridya (pronounced “ear-id-ee-ah”), is a next-generation, preservative-free multi-dose, eye dropper that improves on existing technology by combining advanced ergonomics and precise dispensing to ensure proper dosage. The device addresses key consumer pain points and ophthalmologist dosing challenges and works with a specially designed plastic squeeze bottle that appeals in form and function to pharmaceutical companies, doctors and patients. In fact, the design and development of Iridya was supported with strong consumer research and physician input.
“We’re targeting unmet patient needs in the ophthalmic market by offering our customers a preservative-free, multi-dose eye dropper that is both easy to use and precise, drop after drop,” said Ralf Hergenröther, Product Line Manager, Healthcare, of Silgan Dispensing.
Hergenröther added, “In independent testing, we found consumers were delighted with the ease of handling and drop control of Iridya. They’ve highlighted the low-squeeze force and elongated tip as making it easier to take their medication.”
The Iridya eye dropper features Silgan Dispensing’s NO-JET technology that ensures consumers an accurate dose and an easy-to-use design experience, while also providing safe delivery of unpreserved ophthalmic medications. The eye dropper’s elongated tip provides greater accuracy than competitive preservative-free, multi-dose devices when dispensing drops into the eye, and its low-squeeze force and ergonomic grip on the overcap make it easy to use.
In addition, Iridya’s sealing and barrier system to contamination is compatible with liquids from low to high viscosities, allowing for the use of preservative-free formulations for prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Iridya also features the following innovative design attributes:
Iridya features a familiar round squeeze bottle design, but its elongated tip, which is unique to the preservative-free marketplace, ensures greater accuracy in drop administration to the eye. Its low-actuation force and ergonomic grip on the overcap are convenient for patients to use, including seniors. When compared with competitive designs and unit-dose droppers, Iridya’s balanced system is easier to handle and provides patients with greater control when applying their drops.
Exceptional Drop Control
Iridya’s NO-JET technology ensures single doses, drop after drop, even if the bottle is squeezed hard, unlike competitive devices, which stream or jet. Advanced Flow Control assures the user exceptional drop control for precise dosing, down to the drop.
Strong Microbiological Safety
Formulations are protected from contamination by an innovative system at the tip and other mechanical features within the device. Iridya’s barrier integrity against microbes was verified in several challenge tests conducted by an independent laboratory.
Flexible Viscosity Adjustment
Iridya’s Advanced Flow Control System™ easily adapts to different formulation properties, and its standard configuration is compatible for a range of low- to high-viscosity formulations.
Source: Company Press Release.