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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An innovative child-resistant packaging design for prenatal vitamins is protecting children from ingesting the iron-containing products while at the same time making it easier for expectant mothers to stay on schedule with the


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Flexible packaging converter and printer Glenroy Inc. has received a number of awards in the Great Lakes Graphics Association’s 2016 Graphics Excellence Awards.


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Wearables have to be just that—wearable. So the components inside, including those containing the drug they are delivering, must fit into a product that is portable, durable, and convenient enough for patients to wear. 


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Oliver-Tolas Healthcare Packaging and Mangar Medical Packaging expect their recent merger to “provide customers with access to additional products, technologies, and levels of service without having to diversify their supply b


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Comar, an original member of the safe dosing initiative PROTECT, is launching a new version of its DoseGuard for easier integration into drug packaging.


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If you are using a particular plastic packaging system for a drug already on the market, its use is most likely USP compliant under the recently finalized USP Chapter <661> Containers-Plastics.


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Caregivers may not always have two hands available when administering pharmaceutical liquids, so delivering accurate doses could be challenging.


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Plans for a “broader array” of testing services from Nelson Laboratories LLC are in the works, reports Jeffery Nelson, President.


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SteriPack has always been “very entrepreneurial,” says Tony Paolino, who handles global business development. So as Bemis Co.


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My first exposure to the joint effort between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) that later became known as PROTECT was in 2009 when a regulatory affair


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Packaging professionals will find plenty of ideas and inspiration at the upcoming EastPack and Medical Design & Manufacturing East shows held June 14-16 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City.


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The Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (HCPC) has announced the winners of its annual Compliance Package of the Year competition.


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Medical Design & Manufacturing East 2016 is expecting a special attendee this year—Bella the Bride.


An innovative child-resistant packaging design for prenatal vitamins is protecting children from ingesting the iron-containing products while at the same time making it easier for expectant mothers to stay on schedule with their vitamins. The new...


Connected health. Precision healthcare. Such evolving concepts promise to revolutionize patient care, and Phillips-Medisize Chairman, CEO, and President Matt Jennings believes they could serve medical device manufacturers as they work to introduce...


Flexible packaging converter and printer Glenroy Inc. has received a number of awards in the Great Lakes Graphics Association’s 2016 Graphics Excellence Awards. The program celebrates excellence in the design, creation, and production of printed...


Wearables have to be just that—wearable. So the components inside, including those containing the drug they are delivering, must fit into a product that is portable, durable, and convenient enough for patients to wear. 

 

 

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Oliver-Tolas Healthcare Packaging and Mangar Medical Packaging expect their recent merger to “provide customers with access to additional products, technologies, and levels of service without having to diversify their supply base,” reports Jody...


Comar, an original member of the safe dosing initiative PROTECT, is launching a new version of its DoseGuard for easier integration into drug packaging. The company will be showcasing the new design at...


Joe Reynolds thinks so. As research manager in Noble’s design and engineering department, Reynolds helps drug and medical device manufacturers develop training aids that can help patients learn how to self-administer therapies. Some of these aids...


If you are using a particular plastic packaging system for a drug already on the market, its use is most likely USP compliant under the recently finalized USP Chapter <661> Containers-Plastics. But when will you need to subject that same...


Caregivers may not always have two hands available when administering pharmaceutical liquids, so delivering accurate doses could be challenging. When it comes to syrups and suspensions for pediatric applications in particular, “we’ve heard the...


Plans for a “broader array” of testing services from Nelson Laboratories LLC are in the works, reports Jeffery Nelson, President. Recently acquired by contract sterilization company Sterigenics International LLC, Nelson Labs is integrating...


SteriPack has always been “very entrepreneurial,” says Tony Paolino, who handles global business development. So as Bemis Co. wraps up the acquisition of SteriPack’s medical device package converting assets, SteriPack is already planning the...


My first exposure to the joint effort between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) that later became known as PROTECT was in 2009 when a regulatory affairs colleague at...


Packaging professionals will find plenty of ideas and inspiration at the upcoming EastPack and Medical Design & Manufacturing East shows held June 14-16 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. These shows are co-located with events...


The Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (HCPC) has announced the winners of its annual Compliance Package of the Year competition. The not-for-profit trade association encourages the greater use of compliance-prompting...


Medical Design & Manufacturing East 2016 is expecting a special attendee this year—Bella the Bride. To raise awareness of healthcare packaging sustainability, Beacon Converters has commissioned the creation of a wedding gown for “Bella” made...