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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When it comes to the supply chain, healthcare industry executives continue to be concerned about regulatory compliance, cost, and product security, report respondents to the 7th annual UPS "Pain in the (Supply) Chain" (PITC) s


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In this year’s AmeriStar Awards program, Boston Scientific was recognized in the Medical Device category for its ACUITY Pro Lead Delivery System packaging.


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As pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers grapple with changing labeling requirements, streamlining their processes could provide support. 


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An inspection system uses light to check film material on the packaging line.

“Is your package in shape?” asks Christoph Lehmann, director, Visiotec GmbH.


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Medical device packaging teams may be asked to take a certain percentage of costs out of a given product each year.


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Packaging professionals in the pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing industries are feeling the effects of constrained budgets, smaller staffs, and more responsibilities, yet job satisfaction runs high.

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Michael Innes, former Kaiser Permanente Program Director, has joined GS1 US to lead GS1 Healthcare US.PMP News Editor Daphne Allen asks for details on how he and the organization will help medical device manufacturers


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At this very moment, there’s likely billions of dollars of medical device inventory in the supply chain that has left manufacturer facilities, yet hasn’t been paid for yet.


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Walking through New York City’s Times Square this past June, I noticed a Walgreens ad campaign that was in step with some of the themes discussed during Pharmapack North America 2014’s conference prog


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For years, Boston Scientific Corp. (BSC) has employed closure strips on its shelf cartons, allowing the medical device manufacturer and other stakeholders to identify which items could be restocked for later reuse.


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Strict regulations and standards guide the preparation of medication at hospitals, but unfortunately, these are not always followed.


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Two tube packaging systems for medical implants have been recognized with multiple awards.


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Patients managing chronic conditions are often self-administering therapy, so their success often rests upon how well they understand such therapy. Education is essential.


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A QbD approach to selecting a sorbent is based on strong science, says Adrian Possumato of Multisorb.

At Interpack 2014, Multisorb Technologies hosted the in-booth symposium, “QbD and Sorbent Selection in Pharmaceutical Packagi


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These seven occurrences could complicate your pharma filling processes.

Filling pharmaceutical bottles, vials, syringes, blisters, and other containers accurately is a key process requirement.


Michael Innes, former Kaiser Permanente Program Director, has joined GS1 US to lead GS1 Healthcare US.PMP News Editor Daphne Allen asks for details on how he and the organization will help medical device manufacturers prepare for UDI and...


At this very moment, there’s likely billions of dollars of medical device inventory in the supply chain that has left manufacturer facilities, yet hasn’t been paid for yet. “About 70% of orthopedic devices, for instance, are out of manufacturer...


Walking through New York City’s Times Square this past June, I noticed a Walgreens ad campaign that was in step with some of the themes discussed during Pharmapack North America 2014’s conference program. By joining...


For years, Boston Scientific Corp. (BSC) has employed closure strips on its shelf cartons, allowing the medical device manufacturer and other stakeholders to identify which items could be restocked for later reuse. (Restocking is a common...


Strict regulations and standards guide the preparation of medication at hospitals, but unfortunately, these are not always followed. In the operating room, where procedures and decisions often happen rapidly, noncompliance is especially common and...


Two tube packaging systems for medical implants have been recognized with multiple awards. The systems are unique because medical implants are usually placed in pouches or thermoformed packages, says Olivier Richart, CEO and President at Selenium...


Patients managing chronic conditions are often self-administering therapy, so their success often rests upon how well they understand such therapy. Education is essential.

When it comes to educating patients, product labeling has...


A QbD approach to selecting a sorbent is based on strong science, says Adrian Possumato of Multisorb.

At Interpack 2014, Multisorb Technologies hosted the in-booth symposium, “QbD and Sorbent Selection in Pharmaceutical Packaging.” PMP News...


These seven occurrences could complicate your pharma filling processes.

Filling pharmaceutical bottles, vials, syringes, blisters, and other containers accurately is a key process requirement. Fill volumes must match those stated in labeling and...


For better patient outcomes, avoid error-prone packaging features and consult FDA early on during package development.

FDA hopes pharmaceutical manufacturers will address packaging- and labeling- related errors before they even occur. Sound...


The Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council examines sterilization’s impact on packaging.

On November 6, 2013 members of the Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council (SPMC) technical group conducted a webinar called “Sterilization: A...


Several regulatory and technical milestones have already been reached during the DuPont Tyvek Medical Packaging Transition Project (MPTP), speakers reported during the May 7 Webcast, “Are You Ready for the DuPont Tyvek Transition?” Speakers...


The new PressSeal carded pack uses pressure, not heat, to create a high-integrity seal for trapped blisters. The proprietary coating can be applied to a variety of paperboard types—including fluted and non-fluted materials—to create various...


James Alexander Corporation, manufacturer and contract packager of unit dose-dispensing systems for the pharmaceutical, industrial and cosmetic markets, was selected for the third time to participate in the annual “Made in New Jersey Day” on March...


Lyrics from the 1980s Human League song “Human” have been running though my mind lately. While it could be because they’re used in a current insurance ad campaign, I suspect it could also be because human factors are being discussed more and more...