Pharmaceutical & Medical Device

Given the life-saving and life-sustaining nature of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, packaging plays significant roles in maintaining product quality and promoting safe and effective use. And the size of these industries is significant, too. Global demand for pharma packaging is expected to grow 6.5% each year to reach more than $100 billion in 2019, reports research firm Freedonia Group; U.S. demand alone is predicted to hit $22.1 billion by 2018. Freedonia also predicts global demand for medical device packaging to grow 5.9% annually to $25.7 billion in 2017.

Traditionally very distinct markets, pharmaceutical and medical device technologies are converging. Freedonia points out drug delivery is "the fastest expanding group of disposable medical supplies," expected to reach $13.4 billion in 2018 in the United States, thanks to "minimally invasive delivery of parenteral medicines, inhalation therapies," and more.

As engineers and designers in both industries work to develop user-friendly packaging and drug-delivery devices, they must also address demands to lower the overall cost of healthcare. Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News covers advancements that help packaging engineers control costs while maintaining product and package quality, remedy issues that can lead to product recalls, advance product identification strategies to meet serialization and Unique Device Identification rules, improve user experiences with packaging, and more. Advances in blisters, bottles, prefilled syringes, bags and pouches, thermoformed trays, form-fill-seal, automation, cartons, labels, desiccants, bar coding, filling, sealing, automation, testing, and more are featured.

PMP News also examines potential solutions to the risks these life-saving products face in the supply chain, such as extreme temperatures, physical damage, theft, counterfeiting, diversion, and tampering.

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Jones Packaging Inc.


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SencorpWhite, known in the medical device packaging industry for its CeraTek family of constant-heat sealers, has acquired impulse sealing machinery provider Accu-Seal.


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With about one year to go before U.S. deadlines begin phasing in, serialization continues to present challenges for pharmaceutical companies. “Time’s running out,” says Jim Cummings, vice president, Americas, for Adents.


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CSP Technologies Inc. showcased two new moisture and gas-scavenging solutions at Pharma Expo intended to ease use for both pharmaceutical packagers and consumers/patients.


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The role of packaging in navigating increasing industry competition


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The Open Serialization Communication Standard (Open-SCS) Group was founded last year to standardize packaging line serialization and aggregation data exchanges by developing a set of industry-wide standards.


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Are salaries increasing for pharmaceutical and medical device packaging professionals? What industry trends are affecting compensation? What are the biggest challenges in packaging?


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At Pharmapack Europe 2017, find hundreds of packaging solutions and drug delivery technology suppliers that serve the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and veterinary markets.


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CPhI Japan 2017 gathers more than 19,000 pharma professionals together for a host of events that cover all aspects of the pharmaceutical supply chain, including packaging. Co-located with InnoPack.


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Packaging conferences typically don’t take attendees outside their comfort zones. Unless, of course, it’s the Healthcare Packaging Immersion Event.


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To help cold-form foil users minimize cost as well as carbon footprint, Rollprint Packaging Products Inc. is introducing FormFoil Lite, a next-generation product that’s developed from its long-standing FormFoil.


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The "smartphone has created a paradigm shift in healthcare, and it is becoming a healthcare device,” says Anthony Kalaijakis, strategic medical marketing manager for Molex LLC.


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Pharmaceutical and medical packaging solutions will be on display at Pack Expo International 2016 and the co-located Pharma Expo, a joint venture with the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), at McCormi


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The BlisterJet CMYK, a UV drop-on-demand piezo inkjet printing system for full-color printing on blisters, will debut at Pack Expo.

 


Jones Packaging Inc. has become the first folding carton converter to receive a “Preferred Converter” certification for applying NFC OpenSense tags from Thin Film Electronics ASA to paperboard packaging for over-the-counter and prescription...


SencorpWhite, known in the medical device packaging industry for its CeraTek family of constant-heat sealers, has acquired impulse sealing machinery provider Accu-Seal. According to Kent Hevenor, VP of CeraTek Sales for SencorpWhite, Accu-Seal...


With about one year to go before U.S. deadlines begin phasing in, serialization continues to present challenges for pharmaceutical companies. “Time’s running out,” says Jim Cummings, vice president, Americas, for Adents. He spoke with ...


CSP Technologies Inc. showcased two new moisture and gas-scavenging solutions at Pharma Expo intended to ease use for both pharmaceutical packagers and consumers/patients.

Activ-Seal closure features proprietary 3-Phase moisture and gas-...


 

The role of packaging in navigating increasing industry competition

Over the last twenty years, demand for generic pharmaceuticals has tripled in the United States.[1] As patents...


The Open Serialization Communication Standard (Open-SCS) Group was founded last year to standardize packaging line serialization and aggregation data exchanges by developing a set of industry-wide standards. Vendors comprising the group include...


Are salaries increasing for pharmaceutical and medical device packaging professionals? What industry trends are affecting compensation? What are the biggest challenges in packaging?

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By Joan Sylvain Baughan and Cynthia Lieberman 

The U.S. FDA evaluates the safety and suitability of drug packaging as part of the premarket approval process for new drugs. The manner in...


Packaging conferences typically don’t take attendees outside their comfort zones. Unless, of course, it’s the Healthcare Packaging Immersion Event. Held at Michigan State University...


To help cold-form foil users minimize cost as well as carbon footprint, Rollprint Packaging Products Inc. is introducing FormFoil Lite, a next-generation product that’s developed from its long-standing FormFoil. FormFoil Lite features half the...


The "smartphone has created a paradigm shift in healthcare, and it is becoming a healthcare device,” says Anthony Kalaijakis, strategic medical marketing manager for Molex LLC. “We’re seeing miniaturized devices monitoring drug delivery and other...


Pharmaceutical and medical packaging solutions will be on display at Pack Expo International 2016 and the co-located Pharma Expo, a joint venture with the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), at McCormick Place in Chicago...


The BlisterJet CMYK, a UV drop-on-demand piezo inkjet printing system for full-color printing on blisters, will debut at Pack Expo.

 

When you think of blister packaging, you typically picture a foil laminate or other sealing film...


As 2017 deadlines for pharmaceutical serialization draw near, Steve Wood, president of Covectra (www.covectra.com), has seen an increase in activity. “The large pharmaceutical companies decided years ago to...


Pyclear Protection, a technological solution that reduces the risk of microbial contamination while allowing product manufacturers to eliminate the use of preservatives, has received the Excellence in Pharma Packaging award at CPhI WorldWide...

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 to Thursday, February 2, 2017

At Pharmapack Europe 2017, find hundreds of packaging solutions and drug delivery technology suppliers that serve the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and veterinary markets.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 to Thursday, February 9, 2017

At WestPack 2017, find new technologies to help accelerate your packaging projects. WestPack is one of five co-located events comprising North America's largest annual manufacturing event.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 to Thursday, February 9, 2017

At MD&M West 2017, connect to the inspiration, partnerships and technologies that drive innovation in medical device packaging. Join us at the world’s largest medtech manufacturing event.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 to Thursday, February 9, 2017

At ATX West 2017, immerse yourself in a face-to-face environment with top automation experts and education geared toward maximizing productivity and profitability in any industry, including packaging.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 to Wednesday, February 15, 2017

eCommerce Expo 2017 Tokyo showcases the latest products and technologies for ecommerce, including packaging, fulfillment and delivery.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 to Friday, April 21, 2017

CPhI Japan 2017 gathers more than 19,000 pharma professionals together for a host of events that cover all aspects of the pharmaceutical supply chain, including packaging. Co-located with InnoPack.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 to Thursday, May 4, 2017

BIOMEDevice is New England’s source for every aspect of medical device design and development, including packaging solutions. Find the materials, technologies, ideas, equipment and suppliers you need.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 to Thursday, May 18, 2017

Toronto Powder & Bulk Solids 2017 puts you face-to-face with North America’s leading suppliers displaying hundreds of solutions, including packaging, to help accelerate product-to-market.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 to Thursday, May 18, 2017

At PackEx Toronto, benefit from hands-on access to the newest packaging and processing technologies, equipment and materials.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 to Thursday, May 18, 2017

At ATX Canada 2017, be inspired by the latest technologies and insights applicable to packaging operation, including robotics, motion control, vision, rapid prototyping, software and more.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 to Thursday, June 15, 2017

At ATX East 2017, meet with top automation experts and see solutions geared toward maximizing your packaging productivity and profitability.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 to Thursday, June 15, 2017

Quality drives productivity and productivity drives revenues. For critical packaging functions, Quality Expo 2017 brings focus to technology, equipment, materials and services that support quality.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 to Thursday, June 15, 2017

EastPack 2017 packages up new technologies and solutions from hundreds of suppliers. Plus, gain insights from the free presentations at Center Stage, Tech Theater and during the Innovation Tours.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 to Thursday, June 15, 2017

For more than 30 years, MD&M East has been the trusted resource for every aspect of medical device development, including packaging, to take your product from concept to commercialization.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 to Thursday, November 9, 2017

At MinnPack 2017, experience the newest packaging technologies and equipment first-hand, meet suppliers one-on-one and compare solutions side-by-side.