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.

Content Tabs


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Nurses and medical technicians evaluated packages during a Voice of the Customer focus group broadcast live at this year’s HealthPack, held in New Orleans March 15-17.


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A uniquely functional pharmaceutical packaging concept, developed collaboratively by Bemis Healthcare Packaging and Presto Products Co., uses flexible packaging instead of paperboard cartons to protect blister packs.


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For the packaging of IMLYGIC (talimogene laherparepvec), approved by the FDA in October 2015 for the local treatment of certain lesions in patients with melanoma recurrent after initial surgery,


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The global healthcare cold chain logistics market size is expected to grow from $8 billion (2014) to $11 billion by 2018 with a third of that in the temperature-controlled packaging and service solutions arena.


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There’s likely more data on today’s global supply chain, but is it being put to use? 


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A group of technology providers are coming together to get new medications to market more quickly.


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Come May 5, 2017, all Drug Master File (DMF) submissions will need to be filed electronically with FDA in a specific format, or they will be rejected.


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Packaging innovation was honored at Pharmapack Europe February 10-11 in the 2016 Pharmapack Awards, with four companies recognized in the Exhibi


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Dosing and dispensing technology provider Comar LLC has just commissioned its third dosage cup printer.


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Trends toward outsourcing continue, and not just in manufacturing and packaging.


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Oliver-Tolas Healthcare Packaging recently expanded its operations in Hamilton, OH, to include an additional high-speed coating line for producing its SealScience heat-seal coatings for sterile-grade packaging materials.


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Drug-delivery systems that ease patient administration are in demand.


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Pharmaceutical manufacturers have been submitting applications electronically to FDA for years.


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TFS Series thermoformers offer ease of washdown, quick changeovers and high efficiencies for maximum production time while adhering to high sanitation and hygiene standards for medical applications.


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Preservatives are typically used in pharmaceuticals to reduce the risk of microbial contamination, but there’s been some concern recently about potential side effects.


Nurses and medical technicians evaluated packages during a Voice of the Customer focus group broadcast live at this year’s HealthPack, held in New Orleans March 15-17. As these users opened packages, they answered questions from IoPP’s Medical...


A uniquely functional pharmaceutical packaging concept, developed collaboratively by Bemis Healthcare Packaging and Presto Products Co., uses flexible packaging instead of paperboard cartons to protect blister packs.

The centerpiece of the...


For the packaging of IMLYGIC (talimogene laherparepvec), approved by the FDA in October 2015 for the local treatment of certain lesions in patients with melanoma recurrent after initial surgery,...


The global healthcare cold chain logistics market size is expected to grow from $8 billion (2014) to $11 billion by 2018 with a third of that in the temperature-controlled packaging and service solutions arena. Although the industry is growing,...


There’s likely more data on today’s global supply chain, but is it being put to use? 

The pharmaceutical supply chain has traditionally been a “push-driven” one, with product moving from manufacturing through wholesale to hospitals or...


A group of technology providers are coming together to get new medications to market more quickly. Organized by aseptic filling systems provider Vanrx Pharmasystems, the Matrix Alliance features inaugural members ARaymond Life, Daikyo Seiko,...


Come May 5, 2017, all Drug Master File (DMF) submissions will need to be filed electronically with FDA in a specific format, or they will be rejected. Such was the word from FDA during its CDER Small Business and Industry Assistance (CDER SBIA) on...


Packaging innovation was honored at Pharmapack Europe February 10-11 in the 2016 Pharmapack Awards, with four companies recognized in the Exhibitor Innovation...


Dosing and dispensing technology provider Comar LLC has just commissioned its third dosage cup printer. The new production line utilizes Comar’s proprietary approach for matching the correct printing plate to each cup and for ensuring accurate...


Trends toward outsourcing continue, and not just in manufacturing and packaging. Karen Greene, President of Life Pack Labs, reports increasing interest in external testing of products and packaging among manufacturers and suppliers of medical...


Oliver-Tolas Healthcare Packaging recently expanded its operations in Hamilton, OH, to include an additional high-speed coating line for producing its SealScience heat-seal coatings for sterile-grade packaging materials. The company recently...


Drug-delivery systems that ease patient administration are in demand. “There’s a big trend toward self-administration,” reports Mike Schaefers, vice president, global product management and marketing operations for West Pharmaceutical Services Inc...


Pharmaceutical manufacturers have been submitting applications electronically to FDA for years. So the agency’s announcement that it intends to switch its current paper system for accepting Drug Master File (DMF) information to an electronic one...


TFS Series thermoformers offer ease of washdown, quick changeovers and high efficiencies for maximum production time while adhering to high sanitation and hygiene standards for medical applications. Depending on the material used, packages can be...


Preservatives are typically used in pharmaceuticals to reduce the risk of microbial contamination, but there’s been some concern recently about potential side effects. Pylote SA Cofounder & CEO Loïc Marchin will be speaking at...