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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It seems like the age-old question in pharmaceutical packaging—what is used more, bottles or blisters?


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September 2016 brings several key deadlines for Unique Device Identification (UDI), a system of medical device identification rules issued by FDA in 2013.


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Looking for some new ideas in medical device packaging?


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ASTM International Committee D10 on Packaging plans to update its scope to better reflect the standards it oversees.


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ASTM International’s Committee on Technical Committee Operations (COTCO) is considering a name change voted in by members of ASTM International Committee F02 “Flexible Barrier Packaging” earlier this year.


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Computer Designs Custom Thermoforming’s forte is designing packaging using almost any material, says Chuck Ortwein, account executive.


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The Healthcare Packaging Immersion Experience (HcPIE) does just that—immerses you into settings that simulate how your packaging will be used.


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Cyclic olefin copolymers from TOPAS Advanced Polymers meet the requirements of U.S.


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Package testing standards are continually evolving, so it’s critical for engineers to stay up to date on any new responsibilities.


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Lab-on-a-chip technology promises to speed up disease diagnosis and bring it to the point of patient care.


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It’s important for medical packaging engineers to fully understand all medical packaging requirements and be aware of global medical packaging standards, says Curt Larsen, consultant at Spartan Design Group and a member of


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With drug delivery devices being used more and more by patients these days, they need to be designed so that professional experience isn’t required for safe and effective drug administration.


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Nelipak Corp. has acquired thermoforming company Tegrant Alloyd Brands of Puerto Rico Inc. (TABPR), a subsidiary of Sonoco Products Co.


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Inefficiency in liquid-filling operations for pharmaceutical products can result in a significant reduction of productivity and profitability.


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Brides are always the center of attention, and Bella the Bride at MD&M East 2016 was no exception.


It seems like the age-old question in pharmaceutical packaging—what is used more, bottles or blisters? To help us find out, a small sampling of our audience completed an informal online survey earlier this year about the package they selected for...


September 2016 brings several key deadlines for Unique Device Identification (UDI), a system of medical device identification rules issued by FDA in 2013. UDI requirements state that the device labeler, in most cases the manufacturer, must include...


Looking for some new ideas in medical device packaging? If so, please join us for a free tour at MD&M Minneapolis and...


ASTM International Committee D10 on Packaging plans to update its scope to better reflect the standards it oversees. The change is expected to be approved at D10’s October meeting, during which the committee will also discuss some of the...


ASTM International’s Committee on Technical Committee Operations (COTCO) is considering a name change voted in by members of ASTM International Committee F02 “Flexible Barrier Packaging” earlier this year. If approved, ASTM F02 would be known as “...


Computer Designs Custom Thermoforming’s forte is designing packaging using almost any material, says Chuck Ortwein, account executive. The company started 20 years ago designing tooling for customers using CAD/CAM software, and “along the way...


The Healthcare Packaging Immersion Experience (HcPIE) does just that—immerses you into settings that simulate how your packaging will be used.

“Medical device manufacturers tend to run tests in optimized conditions,” explains Dr. Laura Bix,...


Cyclic olefin copolymers from TOPAS Advanced Polymers meet the requirements of U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) <661.1>, a new subchapter as part of Chapter <661> Plastic Packaging Systems and Their Materials of Construction, the resin maker...


Package testing standards are continually evolving, so it’s critical for engineers to stay up to date on any new responsibilities. For instance, a few key changes are emerging or being proposed for widely used ASTM standards, and there’s a new USP...


Lab-on-a-chip technology promises to speed up disease diagnosis and bring it to the point of patient care. These “labs” are actually disks designed with microsized channels and chambers that are prefilled with small amounts of diagnostic reagents...


It’s important for medical packaging engineers to fully understand all medical packaging requirements and be aware of global medical packaging standards, says Curt Larsen, consultant at Spartan Design Group and a member of PMP News’s...


With drug delivery devices being used more and more by patients these days, they need to be designed so that professional experience isn’t required for safe and effective drug administration. A few years ago West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. set...


Nelipak Corp. has acquired thermoforming company Tegrant Alloyd Brands of Puerto Rico Inc. (TABPR), a subsidiary of Sonoco Products Co. Located in Juncos, the business will now operate under the name of Nelipak Healthcare Packaging. 

“The...


Inefficiency in liquid-filling operations for pharmaceutical products can result in a significant reduction of productivity and profitability. Thankfully, there are ways companies can avoid issues of inefficiency and keep their production lines...


Brides are always the center of attention, and Bella the Bride at MD&M East 2016 was no exception. The special display by DuPont and Beacon Converters featured a wedding gown made of discarded Tyvek and succeeded in stimulating attendee...

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