A coextruded prescription pharmaceutical bottle in the works for six years was declared the winner of the Bernard M. Seid Best of Show Award in the annual competition of the National Assn. of Container Distributors. The two-layer bottle from O. Berk Co. (Union NJ) was just one of several packages that demonstrated how distributors help packagers by pushing the "envelope of technology" in container design. Many of the winners in some seven different product categories exhibit a wide range of distributor expertise in meeting the technical and marketing demands of product manufacturers. From a package that keeps microorganisms alive through innovative seals and closures to a package sourced entirely from overseas winning packages displayed the moxie of distributors. The coextruded two-layer high-density polyethylene bottle is used for Sandoz Pharma- ceuticals' Lescol Capsules a medication for heart patients. The East Hanover NJ company had previously used amber glass bottles for products that required stringent barriers to light and moisture. Although plastic containers might have been preferred packagers had been required to use glass bottles to achieve an appropriate expiration date for prescription drugs that were very sensitive to light and moisture. Finally with the help of O. Berk Sandoz found a multilayer plastic bottle from Silgan Plastics (Chesterfield MO) that provides the following features: * The new bottles pass a 0.0% (290-450 nm) light transmission specification said to be a great improvement over amber glass bottles. * An induction seal can be applied with a far better barrier than the pulp/poly liner available for glass bottles. * This coextruded plastic bottle is far less costly than the amber glass bottle it replaces. Even when adding the cost for the induction seal the savings in component costs is substantial. * As expected the shift to plastic bottles reduces to zero the credits that Sandoz must refund for glass bottles that are broken in transit.