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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Tekni-Films, a Tekni-Plex company, will be showcasing a number of its films at MD&M We


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The original packaging for Hyalo Gyn, a non-hormonal moisture-replenishment product for women, was “quite bland,” recounts Aldo Donati, president of Fidia Pharma USA Inc. “It was just a white box.”


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Medical device packaging design is an integral part of delivering your device to market safely and securely, with the sterile barrier intact.


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There’s no question that interest in human factors is increasing. But are pharmaceutical and medical device designers actually putting such principles to use?


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One stop on our Packaging Innovation Tour at MD&M Minneapolis 2016 was Gel-Pak, a company offering a biocompatible gel that can be coated onto the bottom of boxes, trays, slides, and films to secure medical components in p


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Nondestructive package testing offers engineers and quality control professionals a means to reduce waste and to increase the frequency of their package inspection, with much higher accuracy, reports Michelle Wolf, marketing c


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Brentwood Industries Inc. is now thermoforming 72-in.-long medical packaging trays thanks to a new custom-designed ULTRA thermoformer from SencorpWhite.


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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?


Tekni-Films, a Tekni-Plex company, will be showcasing a number of its films at MD&M West Booth #2027...


The original packaging for Hyalo Gyn, a non-hormonal moisture-replenishment product for women, was “quite bland,” recounts Aldo Donati, president of Fidia Pharma USA Inc. “It was just a white box.”

Such packaging didn’t convey how Hyalo Gyn...


Medical device packaging design is an integral part of delivering your device to market safely and securely, with the sterile barrier intact. Yet this critical process is often given little attention in the overall product development process....


There’s no question that interest in human factors is increasing. But are pharmaceutical and medical device designers actually putting such principles to use? PMP News asked ...


One stop on our Packaging Innovation Tour at MD&M Minneapolis 2016 was Gel-Pak, a company offering a biocompatible gel that can be coated onto the bottom of boxes, trays, slides, and films to secure medical components in place during transport...


Nondestructive package testing offers engineers and quality control professionals a means to reduce waste and to increase the frequency of their package inspection, with much higher accuracy, reports Michelle Wolf, marketing communications manager...


Brentwood Industries Inc. is now thermoforming 72-in.-long medical packaging trays thanks to a new custom-designed ULTRA thermoformer from SencorpWhite. Brentwood has been known for producing long trays, having built its own machine in the late...


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...