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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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.


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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.


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In February 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a new policy urging the use of “smart” syringes to promote injection safety.


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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.


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This week at RxAdherence 2015, the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (HCPC) announced the winners of its annual Compliance Package of the Year competition.


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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 enginee


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Contract packagers are building in flexibility to handle the needs of a diverse group of pharmaceutical customers.


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Catalent Pharma Solutions continues to develop its in-house processes and product portfolio for ADVASEPT technology, a glass-free, polypropylene vial produced by blow-fill-seal (BFS) operations that is suitable for a range of bio

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Interphex, the International Pharmaceutical Expo, will return to New York City this spring with exhibits and educational opportunities for pharma/biopharma development and manufacturing professionals, as well as their peers in


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The packaging for Nasacort Allergy 24HR has been recognized with a 2015 WorldStar in the Pharmaceutical & Medical packaging category.


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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...


Contract packagers are building in flexibility to handle the needs of a diverse group of pharmaceutical customers.

As pharmaceutical manufacturers around the world ready their operations and products for item-level serialization, another...


Catalent Pharma Solutions continues to develop its in-house processes and product portfolio for ADVASEPT technology, a glass-free, polypropylene vial produced by blow-fill-seal (BFS) operations that is suitable for a range of biopharmaceuticals and...

Interphex, the International Pharmaceutical Expo, will return to New York City this spring with exhibits and educational opportunities for pharma/biopharma development and manufacturing professionals, as well as their peers in pharmaceutical...


The packaging for Nasacort Allergy 24HR has been recognized with a 2015 WorldStar in the Pharmaceutical & Medical packaging category. The package is a fold-over carded blister intended to differentiate the product from other nasal sprays as...


A pilot program employing GS1 Data Matrix codes yields “positive results.”

Bar codes are being used to transform the vaccine supply chain in Tanzania.

In 2011, the World Health Organization’s Vaccine Presentation and Packaging Advisory...


During NPE 2015 this week in Orlando, FL, Milliken & Co. announced a breakthrough in over-the-counter pharmaceutical and nutraceutical bottles. The development of a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) resin hyper-nucleated with Milliken’s...


News on trends and market share, COLD labeling, a new clean-peel seal and an expanded cold-chain service all made the headlines in the healthcare packaging market over the past week

 

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Nurses evaluating medical device packaging during HealthPack’s “Voice of the Customer” session captivated attendees at this year’s conference, held in Norfolk, VA.

Organized by the Institute of Packaging Professionals’ Medical Device...


It’s a packaging designer’s nightmare: Having to work around an ugly registration mark or the little black box where a laser code will go. The latter example is most unappealing when the carton is a pristine white or has another, more colorful,...


Nurses evaluating medical device packaging during HealthPack’s “Voice of the Customer” session captivated attendees at this year’s conference, held in Norfolk, VA.

Organized by the Institute of Packaging Professionals’ Medical Device...