With healthcare needs on the rise, medical OEMs are turning to plastics to create safer, more innovative products, and to minimize business costs. As such, Eastman Chemical Company’s Eastar Copolyester MB002 was selected for the redesign of Artegraft Inc.’s 21-in. glass culture tube used to package the company’s collagen vascular grafts. An occurrence of breakage during transportation prompted Artegraft to develop a stronger, more resilient package to protect its medical device used as a hemodialysis graft or for peripheral bypass.
Instead of the glass tube’s cylindrical shape, the new plastic culture tube has a flat side so it will not roll and potentially fall, thereby damaging the graft packaged inside. For ease-of-use, the diameter of the neck opening was increased, and a peel-away, heat-shrink tamper evident seal was added. Each new tube is embossed with the Artegraft name on the outside.
“The packaging expertise of O.BERK Co. coupled with the performance of Eastar Copolyester MB002 created the best possible solution for our conversion from glass to plastic,” said Laurence A. Potter, VP of Scientific Affairs from Artegraft. “Now we have a more robust, stable, and safer package that does not compromise the surgical readiness or performance of our grafts. Secondary packaging costs can be decreased as well as transport, warehousing, and other expenses as a result of the switch to plastic.”