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


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As UPS continues to expand its UPS Temperature True Packaging service, the company is launching four new off-the-shelf, cold-chain packaging lines available exclusively to UPS customers.


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The March 3, 2015, order from the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) that makers of testosterone drugs must change their products' labels to clarify the drugs' intended use and warn about a potential risk of heart attack and strok

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An incorrect bar code on a drug's primary container has lead to a recall.


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Healthcare product supply chains are changing. Some are getting longer, taking pharmaceuticals and medical devices further around the world to reach growing numbers of new patients in emerging markets.


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FDA concerns about aseptic and GMP practices at a manufacturer's site "potentially impacting product sterility" has prompted another recall this week.


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Particulate reported by a customer has prompted Hospira Inc.


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People who use eye drops know how difficult they are to put in safely without assistance. Sometimes small-sized eye drop bottles can also be difficult to open.


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NEW YORK, New York, and LAKE FOREST, Illinois – Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) and Hospira, Inc.


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


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In April at Interphex, Schreiner MediPharm will introduce to  the U.S. a  label + cap combination providing vials and bottles with protection from counterfeiting. 


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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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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.


Particulate reported by a customer has prompted Hospira Inc. to voluntarily recall ketorolac tromethamine injection USP in the United States and Singapore, ...


People who use eye drops know how difficult they are to put in safely without assistance. Sometimes small-sized eye drop bottles can also be difficult to open. Gerresheimer’s packaging experts have developed a daily application aid called DropAid...


NEW YORK, New York, and LAKE FOREST, Illinois – Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) and Hospira, Inc. (NYSE: HSP) today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Pfizer will acquire Hospira, the world’s leading provider...


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. At press time, the closure was still planned, an INEOS...


A pouch system has been developed to allow for the safe disposal of prescription drugs. The Deterra Drug Deactivation System from Verde Technologies employs patented MAT12 Molecular Adsorption Technology to deactivate unwanted or unneeded...


In April at Interphex, Schreiner MediPharm will introduce to  the U.S. a  label + cap combination providing vials and bottles with protection from counterfeiting. 

Schreiner MediPharm, Blauvelt, NY a Germany-based global provider of...


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. Are you up to the challenge of infusing innovation into your pharmaceutical products?...


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

Pharmaceutical companies continue to face “a persistent and increasing threat...


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. At the same time, the U.S. syringe...


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 medication guides –...

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...