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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Healthcare systems around the world are under severe pressure to improve patient outcomes while reducing costs.


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We’ve all been talking about poor patient compliance for years.


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With the second phase of SteriPack USA’s expansion now complete, SteriPack has what Tony Paolino calls a "substantial business continuity program” in place. 


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Drug-delivery technology provider Nemera has developed Safe’n’Sound, an open platform of add-on passive safety devices.


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The pharmaceutical industry has been changing over the last decade.


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Chuck Taylor’s packaging team at Medtronic is moving toward designs that support sustainability efforts and cost reductions.


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Safety and quality are two hallmarks for any manufacturer, but they become non-negotiable when it comes to the production of medical devices.


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FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health has posted a list of the guidance documen


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Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News, a sister publication of Packaging Digest, has moved its website to now serve as the


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By Angela Shotton, business development manager, Nelipak Healthcare Packaging


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While counterfeit products can be found in every country and every sector of the global economy, the situation in the global pharmaceutical supply chain is particularly concerning.


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Healthcare product manufacturers are mastering some aspects of the global supply chain, but challenges remain.


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Non-destructive thermal imaging has transformed induction-seal analysis over the last year, and now the technology may be an option for heat-seal analysis, too.


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The Internet of Things is expected to influence healthcare in numerous ways, and according to a 


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Volumes in the prefilled syringe market are significant and growing at a +6% per annum pace to reach more than 4 billion units in 2016, says Joel Cotten, Business Development Director for Aptar Stelmi.


Healthcare systems around the world are under severe pressure to improve patient outcomes while reducing costs. Over the years we’ve shared many insights from packaging experts suggesting that patient-centric packaging (in one format or another)...


We’ve all been talking about poor patient compliance for years. Why is it still a lingering issue? PMP News asked Phill Marley, Packaging Intelligence Manager for AstraZeneca and Chair of the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council Europe...


With the second phase of SteriPack USA’s expansion now complete, SteriPack has what Tony Paolino calls a "substantial business continuity program” in place. 

"We now have the same equipment in the United States, Asia, and Europe,” Paolino,...


Drug-delivery technology provider Nemera has developed Safe’n’Sound, an open platform of add-on passive safety devices. The company will be in Booth #556 at...


The pharmaceutical industry has been changing over the last decade. Not only have increased mergers and acquisitions changed the landscape of industry players, economic growth in emerging markets has expanded demand for pharmaceuticals and other...


Chuck Taylor’s packaging team at Medtronic is moving toward designs that support sustainability efforts and cost reductions. “We are trying to accomplish benefits for everyone in terms of usability and reducing waste on a weight basis in operating...


Safety and quality are two hallmarks for any manufacturer, but they become non-negotiable when it comes to the production of medical devices. Medical device manufacturers bear the responsibility of producing secure products through individual part...


FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health has posted a list of the guidance documents it plans to...


Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News, a sister publication of Packaging Digest, has moved its website to now serve as the ...


By Angela Shotton, business development manager, Nelipak Healthcare Packaging

Developing and bringing a medical or drug-delivery device to maturity is a complex process that often involves passing clinical trials,...


While counterfeit products can be found in every country and every sector of the global economy, the situation in the global pharmaceutical supply chain is particularly concerning. “The online sale of drugs and black market trade pose a...


Healthcare product manufacturers are mastering some aspects of the global supply chain, but challenges remain. According to the 8th UPS Pain in the (Supply) Chain survey, respondents report success in addressing product security and regulatory...


Non-destructive thermal imaging has transformed induction-seal analysis over the last year, and now the technology may be an option for heat-seal analysis, too.

The Induction Integrity Verification System (I2VS) from DIR Technologies (which...


The Internet of Things is expected to influence healthcare in numerous ways, and according to a ...


Volumes in the prefilled syringe market are significant and growing at a +6% per annum pace to reach more than 4 billion units in 2016, says Joel Cotten, Business Development Director for Aptar Stelmi.

Quality expectations are huge, too....