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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Called a “significant advancement in packaging for the healthcare industry” when recognized in the 28th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation, Formpack Ultra builds upon decades of cold-forming technology with new achievement


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Two thermoformers with significant experience in the medical device packaging industry and beyond are uniting to expand their offerings.


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We were pleased when Ron Yakubison, Director of Packaging Technical Operations at Merck, joined PMP News’s Editorial Advisory Board earlier this year.


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INEOS Barex AG, INEOS Barex USA LLC, and MSM Poly LLC are reporting that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the potential sale of intellectual property and production support related to the Barex product


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UPS has been supporting clinical trials for years, shipping investigational drugs and medical devices as well as patient specimens around the world.


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Sharp Packaging Solutions continues to expand its contract packaging operations in Allentown, PA—this time creating a new Center of Excellence for specialty/biologic/cold chain packaging and adding four new bot


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Mylanta has always been known for its teal bottle. So when Gigi Leporati was charged with modernizing the brand, she wanted the new bottle to be reminiscent of the legacy package.


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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.


Called a “significant advancement in packaging for the healthcare industry” when recognized in the 28th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation, Formpack Ultra builds upon decades of cold-forming technology with new achievements in material...


Two thermoformers with significant experience in the medical device packaging industry and beyond are uniting to expand their offerings. Placon, which is celebrating its 50th year designing and manufacturing plastic packaging, has acquired...


We were pleased when Ron Yakubison, Director of Packaging Technical Operations at Merck, joined PMP News’s Editorial Advisory Board earlier this year. Yakubison has been in packaging at Merck for 24 years and currently...


INEOS Barex AG, INEOS Barex USA LLC, and MSM Poly LLC are reporting that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the potential sale of intellectual property and production support related to the Barex product line. Under the...


UPS has been supporting clinical trials for years, shipping investigational drugs and medical devices as well as patient specimens around the world. Many of its solutions, however, have been custom built for customers as needed. So for the last...


Sharp Packaging Solutions continues to expand its contract packaging operations in Allentown, PA—this time creating a new Center of Excellence for specialty/biologic/cold chain packaging and adding four new bottling lines within...


Mylanta has always been known for its teal bottle. So when Gigi Leporati was charged with modernizing the brand, she wanted the new bottle to be reminiscent of the legacy package. She didn’t, however, want Mylanta to be known as “yesterday’s brand...


When the U.S. Pharmacopeia set out to modernize Chapter <661> Containers—Plastics, now known as <661> Plastic Packaging Systems and Their Materials of Construction, users wondered how much the revised standard would impact their...


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...