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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By 2020, patients will have six connected items, predicts Matt Jennings, president and CEO of Phillips-Medisize Corp.


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Pharmaceutical and medical device markets are growing fast.


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Validation is a critical step in implementing serialization programs.


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Cretex Companies has acquired Quality Tech Services (QTS), a medical device packaging services provider. The acquisition is expected to help medical device manufacturers streamline their suppliers.


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For easy validation, the Eagle blister packaging machine allows users to simply and exactly calibrate the system because they are able to remove the thermocouple and measure the actual temperature at the point of sealing.


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For medical devices and pharmaceuticals, joining the fight against counterfeiting and diversion could involve something as simple—and small—as a dust-sized particle.


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Patient compliance is important with any prescription drug, but particularly if the drug could be habit-forming.


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Over the past number of years, there has been an increase in the number of medical device companies looking to outsource their manufacturing activities.


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Medical device packaging has truly become a global endeavor. Given the international collaboration behind ISO 11607, many medical device packaging professionals have had a global view for years.


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Many of FDA’s Unique Device Identification requirements have already phased in.


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Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain (JJSC) and AmerisourceBergen Corporation (ABC) recently collaborated on a pilot study on implementing GS1 traceability standards. PMP News asked Mike Rose, Vice President of Supply C


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Aptar Pharma and Kali Care are partnering to track patient adherence with ophthalmic drug regimens during clinical trials.


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FDA has approved a combination package containing two prescription drugs for advanced breast cancer.


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Given autoinjectors’ potential to ease drug delivery, interest and adoption in these devices are steadily growing.


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Winners of the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (HCPC) annual Compliance Package of the Year competition were revealed at the organization’s RxAdherence2017 conference on May 2 in Florham Park, NJ.


By 2020, patients will have six connected items, predicts Matt Jennings, president and CEO of Phillips-Medisize Corp. “Investments in connected health solutions [are] accelerating by traditional medical device companies,” he explained during a...


Pharmaceutical and medical device markets are growing fast. Right now the largest markets are located in the United States (about a 35% share of the world market) followed by the European big five (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United...


Validation is a critical step in implementing serialization programs. Planning your validation approach early on can help you establish your solution objectives and work toward minimal production downtime and cost, explains Vito Pirrera, executive...


Cretex Companies has acquired Quality Tech Services (QTS), a medical device packaging services provider. The acquisition is expected to help medical device manufacturers streamline their suppliers.

“The addition of QTS to our family has...


For easy validation, the Eagle blister packaging machine allows users to simply and exactly calibrate the system because they are able to remove the thermocouple and measure the actual temperature at the point of sealing.

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For medical devices and pharmaceuticals, joining the fight against counterfeiting and diversion could involve something as simple—and small—as a dust-sized particle.

TruTag Technologies has developed TruTag microtags, or “TruTags,” dust-...


Patient compliance is important with any prescription drug, but particularly if the drug could be habit-forming. To help ensure compliance with Instanyl, a nasal opioid, Takeda Pharmaceuticals International AG has chosen pharmaceutical packaging...


Over the past number of years, there has been an increase in the number of medical device companies looking to outsource their manufacturing activities. With technologies such as 3D printing advancing at a phenomenal rate, the whole industry’s...


Medical device packaging has truly become a global endeavor. Given the international collaboration behind ISO 11607, many medical device packaging professionals have had a global view for years. But packaging requirements have been increasing...


Many of FDA’s Unique Device Identification requirements have already phased in. The labels and packages of...


Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain (JJSC) and AmerisourceBergen Corporation (ABC) recently collaborated on a pilot study on implementing GS1 traceability standards. PMP News asked Mike Rose, Vice President of Supply Chain Visibility, and...


Aptar Pharma and Kali Care are partnering to track patient adherence with ophthalmic drug regimens during clinical trials. Kali Care has developed a digital monitoring system for ophthalmic medications that Aptar Pharma will deploy on its drug...


FDA has approved a combination package containing two prescription drugs for advanced breast cancer. Novartis reports that FDA has approved the Kisqali Femara Co-Pack, calling it the "first and only" currently available combination pack...


Given autoinjectors’ potential to ease drug delivery, interest and adoption in these devices are steadily growing. Research and Markets...


Winners of the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (HCPC) annual Compliance Package of the Year competition were revealed at the organization’s RxAdherence2017 conference on May 2 in Florham Park, NJ. The annual program honors...