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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Late 2016 was a busy season for Brazil, as the end of the year saw several developments in Brazil’s serialization program for medicines, Peter Schmitt, Managing Director & Co-Founder of


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Interest in connected health devices is growing given the potential for generating and storing meaningful data, but pharmaceutical and medical device companies do face some challenges in development and security.


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Biocorp, which has previously won Pharmapack Awards for its connected devices Datapen and Easylog, returns to the show February 1-2 at Booth H8 with new products and new partnerships.


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Körber AG has completed its acquisition of Fargo Automation and will integrate the FA brand into Körber Medipak Systems NA Inc. (KMSNA).


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Outpatient and home care treatments are becoming popular alternatives to hospitalization for cost reasons, observes Hans Peter Manser, business director for Weibel CDS AG.


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PCI Clinical Services has added cryogenic storage capabilities at its Rockford, IL facilities, complementing those currently in place at the company’s Bridgend, UK Center of Excellence for Clinical Trial Services.


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Universal packaging is a continuing trend in orthopedic implant packaging—and a recent design for a new total hip replacement system is an award-winning example.


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What packaging technologies will pharmaceutical and medical packaging professionals be sourcing in 2017?


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Much more is required of packaging for pharmaceuticals and medical devices these days. In 2016, healthcare packaging professionals managed several emerging regulatory requirements and market demands.


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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.


Late 2016 was a busy season for Brazil, as the end of the year saw several developments in Brazil’s serialization program for medicines, Peter Schmitt, Managing Director & Co-Founder of ...


Interest in connected health devices is growing given the potential for generating and storing meaningful data, but pharmaceutical and medical device companies do face some challenges in development and security.

Tony Smith, electronics...


Biocorp, which has previously won Pharmapack Awards for its connected devices Datapen and Easylog, returns to the show February 1-2 at Booth H8 with new products and new partnerships.

Recent developments include the...


Körber AG has completed its acquisition of Fargo Automation and will integrate the FA brand into Körber Medipak Systems NA Inc. (KMSNA). The transaction enables Körber to expand its offerings for pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and medical...


Outpatient and home care treatments are becoming popular alternatives to hospitalization for cost reasons, observes Hans Peter Manser, business director for Weibel CDS AG. Such a trend, however, “requires changes in drug administration as the...


PCI Clinical Services has added cryogenic storage capabilities at its Rockford, IL facilities, complementing those currently in place at the company’s Bridgend, UK Center of Excellence for Clinical Trial Services. The expansion supports research...


Universal packaging is a continuing trend in orthopedic implant packaging—and a recent design for a new total hip replacement system is an award-winning example. Barger, a division of Placon, designed and manufactured a double-sterile barrier...


What packaging technologies will pharmaceutical and medical packaging professionals be sourcing in 2017? We recently surveyed professionals involved in the pharmaceutical and medical packaging community about their technology needs over the next...


Much more is required of packaging for pharmaceuticals and medical devices these days. In 2016, healthcare packaging professionals managed several emerging regulatory requirements and market demands. We count down to the top trends impacting...


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...

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 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 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 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

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, 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, 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.