ADDITIVES: Special-Effect Colorants for Drug-Delivery Devices

Clariant launches new special-effect colorants for personal medical devices at MD&M West 2016.

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New special-effect colorants have been added by Clariant Masterbatches, Holden, Mass., to its Mevopur family of medical-grade color and additive masterbatches, and finished plastic compounds—all of which use ingredients that have been biologically evaluated to ISO 10993 and USP parts 87 and 88 Class VI devices.

Showcased at MD&M West 2016, in Anaheim, Calif., Clariant’s new special-effect colorants are designed to make drug-delivery devices (e.g., pens, inhalers, and the like) more unique and attractive to patients which may boost patient adherence to treatment. When added to plastics, special-effect pigments create a singular impression like pearlescence, sparkle or a metallic look. As such, they have been used for years to enhance the market appeal of personal care and consumer goods, where less regulation is required.

“If this technology has been used successfully in consumer goods, why not medical devices. We believe that, by making pens and other personal medical devices more like consumer products, patients may be more inclined to carry them and use them,” says Steve Duckworth, Clariant’s global head, healthcare polymer solutions.