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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Aptar Pharma is expanding its operations in Congers, NY, with new capabilities for manufacturing elastomer components.


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A few years ago Tim Early envisioned a unique approach to staffing and consulting—described below as “an open-talent economy format”—and so he founded Network Packaging Partners.


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As medical device companies work to ensure compliance with Unique Device Identification, they’re still dealing with on-going tasks such as ensuring package integrity.


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A cancer vaccine currently in clinical trials is being administered via a novel drug-delivery system. Panacea Pharmaceuticals Inc.


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To help medical device manufacturers meet Unique Device Identification (UDI) rules as well as satisfy other marking needs, RTP Company has introduced laser-markable thermoplastic compounds.


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At MD&M West’s Center Stage, Packaging Professionals Karen Greene and Minda Grucela offered tips on developing a rationale for packaging validation.


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Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Pharmapack Europe honored innovation in pharmaceutical packaging and drug delivery during in its annual awards program.


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Call it group therapy for packaging engineers.


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Tekni-Films, a Tekni-Plex company, will be showcasing a number of its films at MD&M We


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The original packaging for Hyalo Gyn, a non-hormonal moisture-replenishment product for women, was “quite bland,” recounts Aldo Donati, president of Fidia Pharma USA Inc. “It was just a white box.”


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Medical device packaging design is an integral part of delivering your device to market safely and securely, with the sterile barrier intact.


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There’s no question that interest in human factors is increasing. But are pharmaceutical and medical device designers actually putting such principles to use?


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One stop on our Packaging Innovation Tour at MD&M Minneapolis 2016 was Gel-Pak, a company offering a biocompatible gel that can be coated onto the bottom of boxes, trays, slides, and films to secure medical components in p


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Nondestructive package testing offers engineers and quality control professionals a means to reduce waste and to increase the frequency of their package inspection, with much higher accuracy, reports Michelle Wolf, marketing c


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Brentwood Industries Inc. is now thermoforming 72-in.-long medical packaging trays thanks to a new custom-designed ULTRA thermoformer from SencorpWhite.


Aptar Pharma is expanding its operations in Congers, NY, with new capabilities for manufacturing elastomer components.

Bas Van Buijtenen, president of the Injectables Division of Aptar Pharma, reports that construction should be finalized by...


A few years ago Tim Early envisioned a unique approach to staffing and consulting—described below as “an open-talent economy format”—and so he founded Network Packaging Partners. Today, NPP supports clients in the medical device, pharmaceutical,...


As medical device companies work to ensure compliance with Unique Device Identification, they’re still dealing with on-going tasks such as ensuring package integrity. A vision solutions provider believes it can take on both tasks. 

At...


A cancer vaccine currently in clinical trials is being administered via a novel drug-delivery system. Panacea Pharmaceuticals Inc. is using the 3M Hollow Microstructured Transdermal System (hMTS) to deliver its investigational vaccine directly to...


To help medical device manufacturers meet Unique Device Identification (UDI) rules as well as satisfy other marking needs, RTP Company has introduced laser-markable thermoplastic compounds. The materials can be used for packaging as well as for...


At MD&M West’s Center Stage, Packaging Professionals Karen Greene and Minda Grucela offered tips on developing a rationale for packaging validation. They spoke February 9 in the panel discussion: “...


Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Pharmapack Europe honored innovation in pharmaceutical packaging and drug delivery during in its annual awards program. Winners in the Best Exhibitor and Best Health Products categories were announced...


Call it group therapy for packaging engineers. On February 9 at MD&M West’s Center Stage, IoPP-Certified Packaging Professionals Karen Greene and Minda Grucela will be speaking in the Panel Discussion: “...


Tekni-Films, a Tekni-Plex company, will be showcasing a number of its films at MD&M West Booth #2027...


The original packaging for Hyalo Gyn, a non-hormonal moisture-replenishment product for women, was “quite bland,” recounts Aldo Donati, president of Fidia Pharma USA Inc. “It was just a white box.”

Such packaging didn’t convey how Hyalo Gyn...


Medical device packaging design is an integral part of delivering your device to market safely and securely, with the sterile barrier intact. Yet this critical process is often given little attention in the overall product development process....


There’s no question that interest in human factors is increasing. But are pharmaceutical and medical device designers actually putting such principles to use? PMP News asked ...


One stop on our Packaging Innovation Tour at MD&M Minneapolis 2016 was Gel-Pak, a company offering a biocompatible gel that can be coated onto the bottom of boxes, trays, slides, and films to secure medical components in place during transport...


Nondestructive package testing offers engineers and quality control professionals a means to reduce waste and to increase the frequency of their package inspection, with much higher accuracy, reports Michelle Wolf, marketing communications manager...


Brentwood Industries Inc. is now thermoforming 72-in.-long medical packaging trays thanks to a new custom-designed ULTRA thermoformer from SencorpWhite. Brentwood has been known for producing long trays, having built its own machine in the late...