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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FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health has posted a list of the guidance documen


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Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News, a sister publication of Packaging Digest, has moved its website to now serve as the


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By Angela Shotton, business development manager, Nelipak Healthcare Packaging


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While counterfeit products can be found in every country and every sector of the global economy, the situation in the global pharmaceutical supply chain is particularly concerning.


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Healthcare product manufacturers are mastering some aspects of the global supply chain, but challenges remain.


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Non-destructive thermal imaging has transformed induction-seal analysis over the last year, and now the technology may be an option for heat-seal analysis, too.


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The Internet of Things is expected to influence healthcare in numerous ways, and according to a 


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Volumes in the prefilled syringe market are significant and growing at a +6% per annum pace to reach more than 4 billion units in 2016, says Joel Cotten, Business Development Director for Aptar Stelmi.


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When it comes to using trays, medical device manufacturers are accustomed to needing a heat-seal-coated lidstock, explains Brian Rosenburg, VP of sales for Technipaq.


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With patient needs changing and pharmaceutical supply chains evolving, pharmaceutical manufacturers face numerous challenges.


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Blow-fill-seal packaging offers an alternative for companies interested in replacing glass containers or IV bags for both small-volume and large-volume parenteral drugs.


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Healthcare expert Ian Lemon makes a case for how harmonized regulations and strong leadership can help combat counterfeiting and improve patient safety.

 


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In 2015 Videojet has made a strong push toward meeting serialization needs, from compliance marking to value-added coding.


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FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health has posted a list of the guidance documents it plans to...


Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News, a sister publication of Packaging Digest, has moved its website to now serve as the ...


By Angela Shotton, business development manager, Nelipak Healthcare Packaging

Developing and bringing a medical or drug-delivery device to maturity is a complex process that often involves passing clinical trials,...


While counterfeit products can be found in every country and every sector of the global economy, the situation in the global pharmaceutical supply chain is particularly concerning. “The online sale of drugs and black market trade pose a...


Healthcare product manufacturers are mastering some aspects of the global supply chain, but challenges remain. According to the 8th UPS Pain in the (Supply) Chain survey, respondents report success in addressing product security and regulatory...


Non-destructive thermal imaging has transformed induction-seal analysis over the last year, and now the technology may be an option for heat-seal analysis, too.

The Induction Integrity Verification System (I2VS) from DIR Technologies (which...


The Internet of Things is expected to influence healthcare in numerous ways, and according to a ...


Volumes in the prefilled syringe market are significant and growing at a +6% per annum pace to reach more than 4 billion units in 2016, says Joel Cotten, Business Development Director for Aptar Stelmi.

Quality expectations are huge, too....


When it comes to using trays, medical device manufacturers are accustomed to needing a heat-seal-coated lidstock, explains Brian Rosenburg, VP of sales for Technipaq. A new coextrusion for thermoforming medical packaging, however, may...


With patient needs changing and pharmaceutical supply chains evolving, pharmaceutical manufacturers face numerous challenges. One contract packager explains how it, too, is evolving to provide the necessary support. 

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Blow-fill-seal packaging offers an alternative for companies interested in replacing glass containers or IV bags for both small-volume and large-volume parenteral drugs. Given the aseptic nature of the process and the higher automation levels,...


Healthcare expert Ian Lemon makes a case for how harmonized regulations and strong leadership can help combat counterfeiting and improve patient safety.

 

Up to 10% of all pharmaceuticals sold globally are counterfeit, according to the...


In 2015 Videojet has made a strong push toward meeting serialization needs, from compliance marking to value-added coding. Their recently released Wolke m600 oem is a thermal ink jet printing solution that combines the strengths of the Wolke m600...


The cat-and-mouse game for pharmaceutical brands to stay a step ahead of criminals counterfeiting their drugs is an evolving, ongoing process. Every pharma brand is a unique entity and each one needs to have a robust brand protection program,...


Since 1998, the Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEAs) have recognized innovation in the design, engineering, manufacture, or distribution of finished medical devices. Winners last year in the Drug-Delivery Devices and Combination Products...