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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A two-lane checkweigher helps a pharmaceutical manufacturer monitor fill weights and catch any fluctuations in real time.

 


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For your latest oral solid dosage launch, did you develop a bottle or blister package? How did you achieve child resistance, if needed?


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Packaging and labeling are believed to be the cause of 33% of medication errors, claims the 2006 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report "Preventing Medication Errors." To minimize the hazards that could lead to such errors, FDA ha


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Merrill’s Packaging, a designer and thermoformer of medical packaging, has passed another California State Green Business/San Mateo County Green Business audit, certifying the company for another three years.


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The European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) is honoring achievements in pharmaceutical blister packaging in its annual Alufoil Trophy Awards in the category of Resource Efficiency.


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Traditional pharmaceutical blister packaging development often involves much trial and error as engineers work to identify both the appropriate barrier material and the blister design.


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Applied DNA Sciences Inc. (ADNAS) has wrapped up trials demonstrating that its SigNature DNA markers can be authenticated when used in packaging materials and on pharmaceutical tablets.


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Recycling programs in hospitals are reportedly expanding, but given the amount of waste produced each day, there’s definitely opportunity for improvement.


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As part of its mission to reduce the amount of healthcare packaging waste sent to landfill, Beacon Converters has come up with a unique way to highlight material recovery.


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Nurses and medical technicians evaluated packages during a Voice of the Customer focus group broadcast live at this year’s HealthPack, held in New Orleans March 15-17.


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A uniquely functional pharmaceutical packaging concept, developed collaboratively by Bemis Healthcare Packaging and Presto Products Co., uses flexible packaging instead of paperboard cartons to protect blister packs.


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For the packaging of IMLYGIC (talimogene laherparepvec), approved by the FDA in October 2015 for the local treatment of certain lesions in patients with melanoma recurrent after initial surgery,


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The global healthcare cold chain logistics market size is expected to grow from $8 billion (2014) to $11 billion by 2018 with a third of that in the temperature-controlled packaging and service solutions arena.


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There’s likely more data on today’s global supply chain, but is it being put to use? 


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A group of technology providers are coming together to get new medications to market more quickly.


A two-lane checkweigher helps a pharmaceutical manufacturer monitor fill weights and catch any fluctuations in real time.

 

Teligent refers to quality as its “most important product.” The company produces a diverse range of specialty...


For your latest oral solid dosage launch, did you develop a bottle or blister package? How did you achieve child resistance, if needed? What considerations are the most important when selecting new blister packaging materials?

We invite you...


Packaging and labeling are believed to be the cause of 33% of medication errors, claims the 2006 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report "Preventing Medication Errors." To minimize the hazards that could lead to such errors, FDA has published the first...


Merrill’s Packaging, a designer and thermoformer of medical packaging, has passed another California State Green Business/San Mateo County Green Business audit, certifying the company for another three years. The company continues to find new ways...


The European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) is honoring achievements in pharmaceutical blister packaging in its annual Alufoil Trophy Awards in the category of Resource Efficiency. According to EAFA, the program is open to products either made...


Traditional pharmaceutical blister packaging development often involves much trial and error as engineers work to identify both the appropriate barrier material and the blister design. Some companies put into stability testing several low-, mid-,...


Applied DNA Sciences Inc. (ADNAS) has wrapped up trials demonstrating that its SigNature DNA markers can be authenticated when used in packaging materials and on pharmaceutical tablets. The markers were added to new pharmaceutical-grade inks...


Recycling programs in hospitals are reportedly expanding, but given the amount of waste produced each day, there’s definitely opportunity for improvement. A new program organized by the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council promises to demonstrate...


As part of its mission to reduce the amount of healthcare packaging waste sent to landfill, Beacon Converters has come up with a unique way to highlight material recovery.  The sterilization packaging manufacturer has commissioned the creation of...


Nurses and medical technicians evaluated packages during a Voice of the Customer focus group broadcast live at this year’s HealthPack, held in New Orleans March 15-17. As these users opened packages, they answered questions from IoPP’s Medical...


A uniquely functional pharmaceutical packaging concept, developed collaboratively by Bemis Healthcare Packaging and Presto Products Co., uses flexible packaging instead of paperboard cartons to protect blister packs.

The centerpiece of the...


For the packaging of IMLYGIC (talimogene laherparepvec), approved by the FDA in October 2015 for the local treatment of certain lesions in patients with melanoma recurrent after initial surgery,...


The global healthcare cold chain logistics market size is expected to grow from $8 billion (2014) to $11 billion by 2018 with a third of that in the temperature-controlled packaging and service solutions arena. Although the industry is growing,...


There’s likely more data on today’s global supply chain, but is it being put to use? 

The pharmaceutical supply chain has traditionally been a “push-driven” one, with product moving from manufacturing through wholesale to hospitals or...


A group of technology providers are coming together to get new medications to market more quickly. Organized by aseptic filling systems provider Vanrx Pharmasystems, the Matrix Alliance features inaugural members ARaymond Life, Daikyo Seiko,...