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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Late 2016 was a busy season for Brazil, as the end of the year saw several developments in Brazil’s serialization program for medicines, Peter Schmitt, Managing Director & Co-Founder of


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Interest in connected health devices is growing given the potential for generating and storing meaningful data, but pharmaceutical and medical device companies do face some challenges in development and security.


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Biocorp, which has previously won Pharmapack Awards for its connected devices Datapen and Easylog, returns to the show February 1-2 at Booth H8 with new products and new partnerships.


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Körber AG has completed its acquisition of Fargo Automation and will integrate the FA brand into Körber Medipak Systems NA Inc. (KMSNA).


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Outpatient and home care treatments are becoming popular alternatives to hospitalization for cost reasons, observes Hans Peter Manser, business director for Weibel CDS AG.


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PCI Clinical Services has added cryogenic storage capabilities at its Rockford, IL facilities, complementing those currently in place at the company’s Bridgend, UK Center of Excellence for Clinical Trial Services.


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Universal packaging is a continuing trend in orthopedic implant packaging—and a recent design for a new total hip replacement system is an award-winning example.


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What packaging technologies will pharmaceutical and medical packaging professionals be sourcing in 2017?


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Much more is required of packaging for pharmaceuticals and medical devices these days. In 2016, healthcare packaging professionals managed several emerging regulatory requirements and market demands.


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Jones Packaging Inc.


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SencorpWhite, known in the medical device packaging industry for its CeraTek family of constant-heat sealers, has acquired impulse sealing machinery provider Accu-Seal.


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With about one year to go before U.S. deadlines begin phasing in, serialization continues to present challenges for pharmaceutical companies. “Time’s running out,” says Jim Cummings, vice president, Americas, for Adents.


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CSP Technologies Inc. showcased two new moisture and gas-scavenging solutions at Pharma Expo intended to ease use for both pharmaceutical packagers and consumers/patients.


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The role of packaging in navigating increasing industry competition


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The Open Serialization Communication Standard (Open-SCS) Group was founded last year to standardize packaging line serialization and aggregation data exchanges by developing a set of industry-wide standards.


Late 2016 was a busy season for Brazil, as the end of the year saw several developments in Brazil’s serialization program for medicines, Peter Schmitt, Managing Director & Co-Founder of ...


Interest in connected health devices is growing given the potential for generating and storing meaningful data, but pharmaceutical and medical device companies do face some challenges in development and security.

Tony Smith, electronics...


Biocorp, which has previously won Pharmapack Awards for its connected devices Datapen and Easylog, returns to the show February 1-2 at Booth H8 with new products and new partnerships.

Recent developments include the...


Körber AG has completed its acquisition of Fargo Automation and will integrate the FA brand into Körber Medipak Systems NA Inc. (KMSNA). The transaction enables Körber to expand its offerings for pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and medical...


Outpatient and home care treatments are becoming popular alternatives to hospitalization for cost reasons, observes Hans Peter Manser, business director for Weibel CDS AG. Such a trend, however, “requires changes in drug administration as the...


PCI Clinical Services has added cryogenic storage capabilities at its Rockford, IL facilities, complementing those currently in place at the company’s Bridgend, UK Center of Excellence for Clinical Trial Services. The expansion supports research...


Universal packaging is a continuing trend in orthopedic implant packaging—and a recent design for a new total hip replacement system is an award-winning example. Barger, a division of Placon, designed and manufactured a double-sterile barrier...


What packaging technologies will pharmaceutical and medical packaging professionals be sourcing in 2017? We recently surveyed professionals involved in the pharmaceutical and medical packaging community about their technology needs over the next...


Much more is required of packaging for pharmaceuticals and medical devices these days. In 2016, healthcare packaging professionals managed several emerging regulatory requirements and market demands. We count down to the top trends impacting...


Jones Packaging Inc. has become the first folding carton converter to receive a “Preferred Converter” certification for applying NFC OpenSense tags from Thin Film Electronics ASA to paperboard packaging for over-the-counter and prescription...


SencorpWhite, known in the medical device packaging industry for its CeraTek family of constant-heat sealers, has acquired impulse sealing machinery provider Accu-Seal. According to Kent Hevenor, VP of CeraTek Sales for SencorpWhite, Accu-Seal...


With about one year to go before U.S. deadlines begin phasing in, serialization continues to present challenges for pharmaceutical companies. “Time’s running out,” says Jim Cummings, vice president, Americas, for Adents. He spoke with ...


CSP Technologies Inc. showcased two new moisture and gas-scavenging solutions at Pharma Expo intended to ease use for both pharmaceutical packagers and consumers/patients.

Activ-Seal closure features proprietary 3-Phase moisture and gas-...


 

The role of packaging in navigating increasing industry competition

Over the last twenty years, demand for generic pharmaceuticals has tripled in the United States.[1] As patents...


The Open Serialization Communication Standard (Open-SCS) Group was founded last year to standardize packaging line serialization and aggregation data exchanges by developing a set of industry-wide standards. Vendors comprising the group include...