Dr. Bahar Aliakbarian, research associate professor, represented the Axia Institute at the Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association’s Packaging Summit Americas. The event included 22 brands and partners sharing knowledge on extended shelf life, reduced waste, and other new concepts in packaging. Dr. Aliakbarian presented on smart packaging designed to combat prescription drug abuse.
Smart packaging solutions could improve safety for legally prescribed drugs by limiting exposure, reducing misuse and preventing new addictions. According to the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, over 2 million Americans have opioid-use disorders. The Center for Disease Control reports a wider problem, with over 72,000 deaths from drug overdoses in 2017.
Dr. Aliakbarian’s research produced two prototypes for prescription drug bottles. One prototype utilizes a chamber of aversive liquid to protect against tampering. The other possibility uses a mechanized timer to dispense both pills and liquid medicine.
Dr. Bahar Aliakbarian acknowledged Dr. Prem Chahal, Dr. Arun Ross, Dr. Susan Selke, Dr. Muhammad Rabnawaz, Dr. James Galligan, Dr. Ali Tamayol, Saikat Mondal, Anurag Chowdhury, Austin Cozzo, and Carina Russell in her presentation. This research was funded by the Axia Institute and Targeted Support Grants for Technology Development (TSGTD) from the MSU Foundation.