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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Potential alternatives to Barex appear to be under increased discussion ever since INEOS Barex AG announced that its Barex plant in Lima, OH, would close during the first quarter of 2015.


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A pouch system has been developed to allow for the safe disposal of prescription drugs.


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Packaging decisions you make matter more now to consumers who are taking healthcare into their own hands—for themselves and for those they care for.


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A symposium on serialization and track and trace at Pharmapack Europe will explore the current requirements and offer ideas to tackle implementation challenges.


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SCHOTT is advancing to full-scale production of its new adaptiQ™ system for ready-to-use pharmaceutical vials at the company’s U.S. facility in Lebanon, PA, in preparation for commercial launch early in 2015.


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Platinum Press, Inc., a leading provider of healthcare packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical, medical device and animal care sectors that specializes in labels, folding cartons, blister packaging, inserts/outserts and medica

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Amcor Flexibles has brought its patented Amcor Opening Feature (AOF) to child-resistant blister lidding, launching the new product in December 2014.


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Global Factories, a global provider of medicine pouch verification, will use Thinfilm printed memory labels for security and authentication in its new Vandenbrink Blister Packaging Machine (VBM).

 


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Pouches were the most prevalent packaging type seen in a recent study of medical device recalls associated with packaging failure.


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Victor Dixon has been involved with the pharmaceutical and biotech packaging industry in Puerto Rico for a number of years, so he’s seen the island industry during its up and down cycles.


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A new approach to decontamination coupled with depyrogenation comes to blow-fill-seal processes.


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With Thanksgiving behind us and the New Year right around the corner, many of us are looking to slim down as we make our resolutions.


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UPS has launched UPS Temperature True Cryo to provide an all-encompassing cryogenic packaging and shipping program for temperature-sensitive products.


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The phone rang. I picked it up ( as I usually do) and heard a wail of despair.

"KC, Jennifer. I'm losing my leaflets."

"Slow down, Jen, and tell me what's happening."


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Package testing for the DuPont Tyvek Medical Packaging Transition Project (MPTP) is progressing on schedule, and all results published to date support the functional equivalence of the transitional material to the current Tyve


Amcor Flexibles has brought its patented Amcor Opening Feature (AOF) to child-resistant blister lidding, launching the new product in December 2014. Already available on pouch stock and stick packs, AOF allows users to access blister contents with...


Global Factories, a global provider of medicine pouch verification, will use Thinfilm printed memory labels for security and authentication in its new Vandenbrink Blister Packaging Machine (VBM).

 

Thin Film Electronics ASA (“Thinfilm...


Pouches were the most prevalent packaging type seen in a recent study of medical device recalls associated with packaging failure. “Out of 60 packaging failure types, 36 were related to pouches, which is equivalent to 60%,” explains Eric Schmohl, ...


Victor Dixon has been involved with the pharmaceutical and biotech packaging industry in Puerto Rico for a number of years, so he’s seen the island industry during its up and down cycles. He’s supplied these businesses in PR from companies such as...


A new approach to decontamination coupled with depyrogenation comes to blow-fill-seal processes.

Blow-fill-seal (BFS) equipment manufacturer Weiler Engineering Inc. is equipping its ASEP-TECH blow-fill-seal systems with the NOX FLEX...


With Thanksgiving behind us and the New Year right around the corner, many of us are looking to slim down as we make our resolutions. However, it can be daunting when perusing the weight-loss aisle where boundless supplements reside on the shelves...


UPS has launched UPS Temperature True Cryo to provide an all-encompassing cryogenic packaging and shipping program for temperature-sensitive products.

The need for cryogenic technologies is increasing, reports Wanis Kabbaj, UPS’s...


The phone rang. I picked it up ( as I usually do) and heard a wail of despair.

"KC, Jennifer. I'm losing my leaflets."

"Slow down, Jen, and tell me what's happening."

"Our new...


Package testing for the DuPont Tyvek Medical Packaging Transition Project (MPTP) is progressing on schedule, and all results published to date support the functional equivalence of the transitional material to the current Tyvek. While testing...


By Maureen Kingsley
Freelance Writer

Medical device manufacturers know that a chevron pouch is a type of device packaging that features an entire peelable side with a seal shaped like a chevron. It is used most...


Having completed its initial three-year program, the Script Your Future campaign has educated millions of patients, family caregivers, and healthcare professionals about the importance of medication adherence. The milestone was recognized at the...


The United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is updating several chapters related to pharmaceutical packaging, a few of which we cover here.

The revision of USP Chapter <661> Containers—Plastics has been "a labor of love," says...


PMP News was asked the following question:

"I am currently trying to find sealing parameters for polyamide pouches. Do you have any experience with that? Would you be able to give me any ranges in terms of temperature and time and...


When it comes to filling these days, just like most packaging functions, speediness is a priority. “Everyone wants speed, because time is money,” explains Timm Johnson, vice president, sales & marketing, for Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery Inc....


More than 70,000 packages from 40 medical device manufacturers have been tested under the DuPont Medical Packaging Transition Project (MPTP), and results continue to indicate functional equivalence, reported members of the DuPont team during a...