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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When it comes to using trays, medical device manufacturers are accustomed to needing a heat-seal-coated lidstock, explains Brian Rosenburg, VP of sales for Technipaq.


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With patient needs changing and pharmaceutical supply chains evolving, pharmaceutical manufacturers face numerous challenges.


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Blow-fill-seal packaging offers an alternative for companies interested in replacing glass containers or IV bags for both small-volume and large-volume parenteral drugs.


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Healthcare expert Ian Lemon makes a case for how harmonized regulations and strong leadership can help combat counterfeiting and improve patient safety.

 


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In 2015 Videojet has made a strong push toward meeting serialization needs, from compliance marking to value-added coding.


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The cat-and-mouse game for pharmaceutical brands to stay a step ahead of criminals counterfeiting their drugs is an evolving, ongoing process.


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Since 1998, the Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEAs) have recognized innovation in the design, engineering, manufacture, or distribution of finished medical devices.


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It is time for pharmaceutical companies and their supply-chain partnersincluding their contract manufacturing and packaging partnersto establish all expectations for serialization projects and begin. 


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“The best and the brightest in the medtech industry are asking why there are still boundaries between drug and medical device development,” observes Anthony Kalaijakis, strategic marketing manager, medical, for Molex, LLC.


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Some of today’s sensitive drugs, such as new dry-powder formulations for treating chronic obtrusive pulmonary disease, are very sensitive to moisture, notes Philippe Bunod, product manager for integrity solutions at Pfeiffer V


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Nexus Dx Inc., a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., markets lateral-flow blood diagnostic kits for near-patient applications.


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When it comes to using trays, medical device manufacturers are accustomed to needing a heat-seal-coated lidstock, explains Brian Rosenburg, VP of sales for Technipaq. A new coextrusion for thermoforming medical packaging, however, may...


With patient needs changing and pharmaceutical supply chains evolving, pharmaceutical manufacturers face numerous challenges. One contract packager explains how it, too, is evolving to provide the necessary support. 

Pharmaceutical...


Blow-fill-seal packaging offers an alternative for companies interested in replacing glass containers or IV bags for both small-volume and large-volume parenteral drugs. Given the aseptic nature of the process and the higher automation levels,...


Healthcare expert Ian Lemon makes a case for how harmonized regulations and strong leadership can help combat counterfeiting and improve patient safety.

 

Up to 10% of all pharmaceuticals sold globally are counterfeit, according to the...


In 2015 Videojet has made a strong push toward meeting serialization needs, from compliance marking to value-added coding. Their recently released Wolke m600 oem is a thermal ink jet printing solution that combines the strengths of the Wolke m600...


The cat-and-mouse game for pharmaceutical brands to stay a step ahead of criminals counterfeiting their drugs is an evolving, ongoing process. Every pharma brand is a unique entity and each one needs to have a robust brand protection program,...


Since 1998, the Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEAs) have recognized innovation in the design, engineering, manufacture, or distribution of finished medical devices. Winners last year in the Drug-Delivery Devices and Combination Products...


It is time for pharmaceutical companies and their supply-chain partnersincluding their contract manufacturing and packaging partnersto establish all expectations for serialization projects and begin. 

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“The best and the brightest in the medtech industry are asking why there are still boundaries between drug and medical device development,” observes Anthony Kalaijakis, strategic marketing manager, medical, for Molex, LLC. He sees a different...


Some of today’s sensitive drugs, such as new dry-powder formulations for treating chronic obtrusive pulmonary disease, are very sensitive to moisture, notes Philippe Bunod, product manager for integrity solutions at Pfeiffer Vacuum. “Moisture...


Nexus Dx Inc., a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., markets lateral-flow blood diagnostic kits for near-patient applications. The company is preparing for growth, with Samsung having forged a partnership last year with Thermo Fisher...


Amcor Flexibles and ColaLife, a charity in the United Kingdom, have partnered to create the Kit Yamoyo that’s designed to counter childhood diarrhea in developing countries.

 

Flexible packaging provides a life-saving opportunity when...


Medical device packaging engineers often face tight deadlines and budgets. So when the members of the Flexible Packaging Association’s Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council (SPMC) were brainstorming recently on how to help package...


Antimicrobial additives can be used with polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE), and other plastics to inhibit biofilm build up in bottles, medical products, and other plastic items, it is reported.

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Managing inventory in the field can be a time-consuming challenge for medical device manufacturers and their sales representatives.

“OEMs work to ensure that surgical sets are ready for surgery, and their reps, who will be in surgery with...