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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With compliance dates for the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) approaching, pharmaceutical manufacturers and packaging/labeling professionals need to make important decisions, reports Salil Joshi, Senior Director, Indust


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“No batteries. No programming. No learning curve.” This is how Remind-A-Cap promotes some of the best features of its new compliance closure for pharmaceutical containers, such as bottles and vials.


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Ursatec, a preservative-free pharmaceutical product developer of spray pumps for oral, nasal, and inhalation sprays, is gearing up for 

Locked4Kids,  the World' first Child resistant Carton

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Locked4Kids is “different by its simplicity,” says Ron Linssen, managing director of Ecobliss Group.


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The rebranded drug-delivery manufacturer Nemera headquartered in France, formerly Rexam Healthcare, anticipates its preservative-free multidose eyedropper Novelia to have an impact at 


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Tekni-Plex Europe NV announced the acquisition of Gallazzi's Italian-based pharmaceutical blister film (Tradate, Varese, Lombardia) and adhesive tape substrate film (Gallarate, Varese, Lombardia) businesses on May 1.


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Shelf impact matters more for over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceuticals than it does for the previous prescription version.


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Specialty glass and glass ceramics technology developer Schott released its new polymer prefillable syringe, the ToPac SD, at Interphex 2015.


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The "Swiss Army knife of RFID," eAgile’s DualWing combines UHF and NFC frequencies in a single form factor that opens up technology-driven intelligence in the supply chain and interactive options for end users including authen

Locked4Kids,  the World' first Child resistant Carton

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Locked4Kids, the award-winning child-resistant and reclosable carton for blister packs, developed by the specialized Dutch supplier Ecobliss Group and partner Romaco Promatic, will be at


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Even the best drug in the best container with the best delivery device can end up being useless if patients don’t take it, points out Chris Evans, vice president of research and innovation for West Pharmaceutical Services Inc.


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Pharmaceutical packaging departments striving for continuous innovation must keep up with healthcare trends, regulatory compliance requirements and the latest efficient production processes.


The rebranded drug-delivery manufacturer Nemera headquartered in France, formerly Rexam Healthcare, anticipates its preservative-free multidose eyedropper Novelia to have an impact at ...


Several packaging chapters within the U.S. Pharmacopeia—including some mandatory ones—are now being revised and updated, which could significantly influence pharmaceutical packaging development and specifications (tests, methods, and acceptance...


Tekni-Plex Europe NV announced the acquisition of Gallazzi's Italian-based pharmaceutical blister film (Tradate, Varese, Lombardia) and adhesive tape substrate film (Gallarate, Varese, Lombardia) businesses on May 1.

The company will be at ...


Shelf impact matters more for over-the-counter (OTC) pharmaceuticals than it does for the previous prescription version. So when Nasacort Allergy 24 HR Nasal Allergy Spray made its OTC debut, brand owner Chattem/Sanofi made sure the knockout...


Specialty glass and glass ceramics technology developer Schott released its new polymer prefillable syringe, the ToPac SD, at Interphex 2015. It is designed to improve the safety and stability of sensitive drugs, according to a company press...


The "Swiss Army knife of RFID," eAgile’s DualWing combines UHF and NFC frequencies in a single form factor that opens up technology-driven intelligence in the supply chain and interactive options for end users including authentication.

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Locked4Kids,  the World' first Child resistant Carton

Locked4Kids, the award-winning child-resistant and reclosable carton for blister packs, developed by the specialized Dutch supplier Ecobliss Group and partner Romaco Promatic, will be at...


Even the best drug in the best container with the best delivery device can end up being useless if patients don’t take it, points out Chris Evans, vice president of research and innovation for West Pharmaceutical Services Inc.

“For years,...


Pharmaceutical packaging departments striving for continuous innovation must keep up with healthcare trends, regulatory compliance requirements and the latest efficient production processes. All of which are being covered at the now-open...


Baxter International Inc., Deerfield, IL, announced April 9 that it is voluntarily recalling select lots of intravenous (IV) solutions to the hospital/user level due to the potential presence of particulate matter. Intravenous administration of a...


by Stephanie Wiseman

I was recently reading an online biomedical engineer forum (I know, this is what I do for fun...) discussing the employment landscape for engineers in Europe. I was a little surprised by some responses I read when the...


In February 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a new policy urging the use of “smart” syringes to promote injection safety. “Transmission of infection through an unsafe injection occurs all over the world,” the WHO states on its ...


A new folding carton described as shock and vibration resistant will debut at INTERPHEX at Booth #3007, April 21-23, at the Jacob K. Javits Center. Developed by Rondo-Pak, Rondo Safepack is suitable for steriles or liquids that require extra...


This week at RxAdherence 2015, the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (HCPC) announced the winners of its annual Compliance Package of the Year competition. HCPC, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, has awarded compliance-...


When testing package seals according to ASTM F2054 (Standard Test Method for Burst Testing of Flexible Package Seals Using Internal Air Pressurization Within Restraining Plates), Thomas McNabb and his team of packaging engineers at Edwards...