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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Packaging conferences typically don’t take attendees outside their comfort zones. Unless, of course, it’s the Healthcare Packaging Immersion Event.


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To help cold-form foil users minimize cost as well as carbon footprint, Rollprint Packaging Products Inc. is introducing FormFoil Lite, a next-generation product that’s developed from its long-standing FormFoil.


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The "smartphone has created a paradigm shift in healthcare, and it is becoming a healthcare device,” says Anthony Kalaijakis, strategic medical marketing manager for Molex LLC.


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Pharmaceutical and medical packaging solutions will be on display at Pack Expo International 2016 and the co-located Pharma Expo, a joint venture with the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), at McCormi


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The BlisterJet CMYK, a UV drop-on-demand piezo inkjet printing system for full-color printing on blisters, will debut at Pack Expo.

 


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As 2017 deadlines for pharmaceutical serialization draw near, Steve Wood, president of Covectra (www.covectra.com), has seen an increase in activity.


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Pyclear Protection, a technological solution that reduces the risk of microbial contamination while allowing product manufacturers to eliminate the use of preservatives, has received the Excellence in Pharma Packaging award at


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Ken Richardson has been with PCI for 23 years, and he’s seen a lot, he tells PMP News. “The market is going to smaller lot sizes and multi-SKU/multi-country programs,” says Richardson, VP, Global Engineering.


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Single-use components enhance efficiency and minimize contamination risks during the processing of bulk active pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).


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Galafold was recently approved in Europe as a first-line, long-term monotherapy for Fabry disease in patients with amenable mutations. The Almac Group has helped Amicus Therapeutics Inc.


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It seems like the age-old question in pharmaceutical packaging—what is used more, bottles or blisters?


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September 2016 brings several key deadlines for Unique Device Identification (UDI), a system of medical device identification rules issued by FDA in 2013.


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Looking for some new ideas in medical device packaging?


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ASTM International Committee D10 on Packaging plans to update its scope to better reflect the standards it oversees.


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ASTM International’s Committee on Technical Committee Operations (COTCO) is considering a name change voted in by members of ASTM International Committee F02 “Flexible Barrier Packaging” earlier this year.


The "smartphone has created a paradigm shift in healthcare, and it is becoming a healthcare device,” says Anthony Kalaijakis, strategic medical marketing manager for Molex LLC. “We’re seeing miniaturized devices monitoring drug delivery and other...


Pharmaceutical and medical packaging solutions will be on display at Pack Expo International 2016 and the co-located Pharma Expo, a joint venture with the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), at McCormick Place in Chicago...


The BlisterJet CMYK, a UV drop-on-demand piezo inkjet printing system for full-color printing on blisters, will debut at Pack Expo.

 

When you think of blister packaging, you typically picture a foil laminate or other sealing film...


As 2017 deadlines for pharmaceutical serialization draw near, Steve Wood, president of Covectra (www.covectra.com), has seen an increase in activity. “The large pharmaceutical companies decided years ago to...


Pyclear Protection, a technological solution that reduces the risk of microbial contamination while allowing product manufacturers to eliminate the use of preservatives, has received the Excellence in Pharma Packaging award at CPhI WorldWide...


Ken Richardson has been with PCI for 23 years, and he’s seen a lot, he tells PMP News. “The market is going to smaller lot sizes and multi-SKU/multi-country programs,” says Richardson, VP, Global Engineering. “In the old days, we set up...


Single-use components enhance efficiency and minimize contamination risks during the processing of bulk active pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). Despite these gains, the pharmaceutical industry has been slow until recently...


Galafold was recently approved in Europe as a first-line, long-term monotherapy for Fabry disease in patients with amenable mutations. The Almac Group has helped Amicus Therapeutics Inc. with Galafold’s packaging along the way, first working with...


It seems like the age-old question in pharmaceutical packaging—what is used more, bottles or blisters? To help us find out, a small sampling of our audience completed an informal online survey earlier this year about the package they selected for...


September 2016 brings several key deadlines for Unique Device Identification (UDI), a system of medical device identification rules issued by FDA in 2013. UDI requirements state that the device labeler, in most cases the manufacturer, must include...


Looking for some new ideas in medical device packaging? If so, please join us for a free tour at MD&M Minneapolis and...


ASTM International Committee D10 on Packaging plans to update its scope to better reflect the standards it oversees. The change is expected to be approved at D10’s October meeting, during which the committee will also discuss some of the...


ASTM International’s Committee on Technical Committee Operations (COTCO) is considering a name change voted in by members of ASTM International Committee F02 “Flexible Barrier Packaging” earlier this year. If approved, ASTM F02 would be known as “...


Computer Designs Custom Thermoforming’s forte is designing packaging using almost any material, says Chuck Ortwein, account executive. The company started 20 years ago designing tooling for customers using CAD/CAM software, and “along the way...


The Healthcare Packaging Immersion Experience (HcPIE) does just that—immerses you into settings that simulate how your packaging will be used.

“Medical device manufacturers tend to run tests in optimized conditions,” explains Dr. Laura Bix,...