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HCPC’s Compliance Package of the Year Winner!

Enter your compliance package in HCPC's Annual Compliance Package of the Year Competition!

Entries accepted beginning November 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017.  Qualifying packages must: 

  • 1) be in a compliance-prompting format withat least one patient adherence enhancing feature
  • 2) have been commercially available during 2016
  • 3) not require pharmaceutical to be “re-packaged” by patients
  • 4) be in a child-resistant format, if intended for home use, per CPSC guidelines.

For more information see Official Rules.

Click Here for more information on the 2015 Winners.

The Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council's

2016 "Compliance Package of the Year" Award

Stora Enso's PharmaDDSi Suboxone Compliance Monitoring Package, CIAB-Compliance in a Bottle by Anderson Packaging Inc., and the Prempro Starter Kit by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

While there are no fees or other monetary charges required to participate in this program, qualifying entries must: 1) be in a compliance-prompting format with at least one compliance-enhancing feature; 2) have been commercially available (anywhere in the world) at some point during 2016; and 3) not require drug products to be "re-packaged" by patients.

A category for Innovative Design has been added to recognize compliance packages not yet commercially available. Previously precluded from the competition, prototypes, designs, concept packages, and other formats that are not commercially available are now eligible for competition in this new category.

The winning entry will receive an official recognition from the HCPC designating it as the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council's "Compliance Package of the Year" for 2016. Additional recognition will be presented to packages selected as "First Runner Up" and "Second Runner Up" as well as for "Innovative Design." A corresponding student portion for packaging and/or pharmaceutical undergraduate and graduate students is also being launched this year.

Each of the winning entries will be promoted in articles published in RxAdherence News (the official newsletter of HCPC), and in materials forwarded to media representatives by the HCPC.

Cash awards will also be granted, in the form of scholarships, to schools of packaging designated by winners of the HCPC's 2016 "Compliance Package of the Year" Award.

Official Rules

Entries must be submitted between November 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017. The winning entry will be announced during RxAdherence2017, Strategies to Improve Patient Outcomes.

  • Entrants must submit 12 sample packages, as well as proof of their commercial availability during 2016. These packages will be shipped to the individual judges for their evaluation, as well as utilized at conferences and tradeshows as examples of compliance prompting formats. The samples submitted must be not contain live drugs, but be either empty or utilize placebos. At the HCPC's discretion, a statement attesting to commercial availability will be deemed acceptable. The HCPC reserves the right, however, to demand verifiable evidence that the package was indeed commercially available as a qualification condition.
  • Entries must include pre-approved copy for press release purposes in order to provide the release to industry publications upon announcement of winners. Jpeg images no smaller than 2” X 2”, 300 dpi should also be included for use in various media. These should be kept separate from the basic entry form.
  • Packages must be in a compliance-prompting format, and may be intended for distribution by a pharmaceutical company, a pharmacist, a home healthcare provider, an in-patient facility, or other entity. Qualifying entries will not require patients to "re-package" medications.
  • Packages intended for at home use must be child-resistant, per CPSC guidelines.
  • Entries must include a separate form noting the name, address and phone number of the company or individual which is marketing the product, the name of the person(s) responsible for its design, and the person who will be responsible for designating a school of packaging to receive scholarship funds should the entry win one of the three awards.
  • Any additional information regarding the package (i.e., promotional literature, other honors or awards that the package has earned, etc.) may be included, but must be kept separate from the packaging itself so that it will not influence the judges' review. Failure to comply will result in disqualification.

The Actonel Combi package from P&G Pharmaceuticals was developed in Europe to simplify treatment regimens for osteoporosis involving risedronate plus calcium and vitamin D. The package contains four weekly boxes, and each weekly box contains a blister pack with one 35 mg risedronate tablet, six sachets of calcium 1000 mg and vitamin D 880 IU, along with a patient information leaflet.

A panel of judges will be selected by the HCPC. All entries will be evaluated by HCPC staff to determine eligibility. All entries determined to meet the established entry qualifications by HCPC staff will be reviewed by the judging panel. Judges will be asked to make subjective determinations, on a numerical scale, of characteristics such as: 1) the package's ability to increase pharmaceutical compliance; 2) innovative designs incorporated into the packaging; and 3) unique features which distinguish the package from others on the market.

The package receiving the highest combined score will be designated "Compliance Package of the Year;" the package receiving the second highest combined score will be designated "First Runner Up;" and the package receiving the third highest combined score will be designated "Second Runner Up." In the case of a tie, judges will be asked to re-evaluate the three packages which received the highest combined scores during initial review.

The judges' determination will be final, and the HCPC reserve the right to withhold the prize should there be no acceptable entries in any or all of the winning categories.

Cash prizes, in the form of scholarship funds forwarded to an accredited school of packaging in the United States by the HCPC. The HCPC will make a reasonable effort to determine how each of the winners would like to have their cash prizes distributed (i.e., which accredited school of packaging should receive the scholarship funds).

  • Should winners in any category fail to designate an accredited school of packaging within 90 calendar days of the Award's presentation, the prize will be "forfeited."
  • Winners may not be able to "split" cash prizes by designating more than one school of packaging.

    Read letters from CPY Scholarship winners.

The HCPC has sole responsibility for forwarding cash prizes directly to accredited schools of packaging designated by the winner of each category, and will be responsible for directing the Dean of each school to distribute the funds as scholarships to one or more students based on financial need, academic achievement, or any other criteria that the Dean sees fit.

All entry materials will become the property of the HCPC and will not be returned. Entries must be shipped to:

Vicki Welch
HCPC Communications Director
Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council
2711 Buford Road, #268
Bon Air, VA 23235-2423

Click here to download an entry form.

Interested persons may obtain the name of the winner by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the address above.

Employees of the HCPC member companies, HCPC individual members, and their families may submit entries, but they will automatically disqualify themselves from consideration as judges should they do so.


When reviewing the Toviaz physician sample entry, one of the CPY judges commented, "The diary-like " book, "Your Daily Tracker" is a useful tool for encouraging both drug compliance and healthy habits. The carded blister is well laid out and easy to follow ... "

The 2009 Innovative Design award winner is Vitality's GlowCap. The intelligent pill caps use light and sound, which can be followed by timely phone calls or text messages to remind people to adhere to any prescription regimen.

The First Runner Up 2009 Compliance Package of the Year, BMS' Onglyza Physician Sample, provides patient prescribing information integrated into the package at the point of dispensing and includes pocket for compliance supporting literature.

The 2009 CPY Second Runner Up, LamictalR Patient Titration Kit, is part of a family of LamictalR products. Individual therapies are distinguished by package color schemes, including Orange, Green, and Blue, with three titration therapies as well as four maintenance therapies. Weeks of therapy are distinguished with concise graphics and patient dosing instruction, divided by individual peelable blister units contained within the package.


Compliance Package of the Year Wyeth Pharmaceuticals' Prempro Starter Kit

Compliance in a Bottle encloses a blister pack within a child-resistant senior-friendly bottle.

2006 Compliance Package of the Year Award Winners

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