Desiccant packets

Desiccant packets are small sachets that can be filled with a variety of sorbent materials and are aimed at protecting healthcare products from degradation due to moisture. Desiccant packets help maintain drug stability and prolong shelf life inside healthcare packaging containers. With a variety of active materials, desiccant packets are available in pre-cut or as reel-wound Continu-Strip®, which can be efficiently automated on standard packaging equipment. (Learn more on our Compatilus® Program).  

Packets are ideal for pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products that are susceptible to either chemical or physical degradation due to moisture. Silica gel (silicon dioxide) and molecular sieve (zeolite) are offered depending on the moisture adsorption attributes required for any given application. Activated carbon is used either independently or in combination with silica gel to provide odor adsorption properties.

Desiccant packets are often widely used for diagnostic and medical device applications to protect reagents, rapid tests, urinalysis strips, ELISA kits and a variety of in vitro and clinical diagnostic devices.

Colorcon offers desiccant packets that are fully compliant with US FDA and EU regulations for use in pharmaceutical applications and that comply with US Pharmaceopia USP <670> standards for pharmaceutical desiccants.


  • Cost efficient: Products from worldwide production sites and various material options like DuPont Tyvek® and nonwovens
  • Versatile sorbent materials: Materials include silica gel, molecular sieve, active carbon and combinations to fit specific stability requirements 
  • Wide range of sizes: Standard sizes include 0.25 g to 10 g
  • Standard or customized: Both stock quick-ship material or make-to-order for strict batch sizes are offered
  • Accurate insertion: Continu-Strip® packets are available with hole punch to optimize cutting accuracy and automatic insertion


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