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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Get ready for a pretty different ISO 11607.


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With patient safety and cost containment as the end-game, pharmaceutical companies look to various packaging solutions to help improve their supply chains.


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Pharmapack North America was held June 9-10 at the Javits Center in New York City, featuring more than 30 exhibitors in the pharmaceutical packaging industry along with dozens of industry speakers. 


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As pharma—big, bio or any other kind—faces the future, the constantly changing requirements and demands of patients and healthcare administrators put packaging in the position to help improve medication adherence, ensure patie


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As Americans continue to focus on health and wellness, they are taking more control of their healthcare decisions—and they expect pharmaceutical companies to enable them even more than ever.


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Stop by Curtec’s booth (4155) at Pharmapack North America to view the latest in its line of high-performance plast


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With the emergence of drug serialization requirements in life sciences over a decade ago, many manufacturers embarked on ad hoc pilot projects to identify potential difficulties.


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Körber Medipak Systems will be featuring its new technologies from Seidenader at Pharmapack North America


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Henke-Sass Wolf will be showcasing its latest line of two-part and three-part oral disposable syringes at Pharm


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Cryopak, manufacturer of thermal packaging solutions and temperature recorders for shipping, will be attending its first 


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SteriPack USA continues to increase its support of medical device manufacturers, announcing an expansion in Lakeland, FL, and holding a recent program to educate its employees on the use of sterile products in hospitals.


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As the pharmaceutical industry evolves away from a blockbuster-based market, will it be ready for a more-personalized, almost-consumerized approach uniting traditional pharma with biotechnology and user-centered drug delivery?


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Kuraray, developer of specialty chemical, dental, fiber, elastomer, and resin products, will be featuring its Septon, Hybrar, and EVAL lines at 


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Multisorb Technologies appointed Irene Low to the position of business development leader - Healthcare Packaging East Asia & Australia.


Körber Medipak Systems will be featuring its new technologies from Seidenader at Pharmapack North America on June 9-10 in...


Stop by Curtec’s booth (4155) at Pharmapack North America to view the latest in its line of high-performance plastic bulk containers...


Sanofi Pasteur’s serialization program will be detailed during Pharmapack North America on June 10. Attendees will learn about...


Cryopak, manufacturer of thermal packaging solutions and temperature recorders for shipping, will be attending its first Pharmapack North...


Henke-Sass Wolf will be showcasing its latest line of two-part and three-part oral disposable syringes at Pharmapack North America...


SteriPack USA continues to increase its support of medical device manufacturers, announcing an expansion in Lakeland, FL, and holding a recent program to educate its employees on the use of sterile products in hospitals.

SteriPack USA will...


As the pharmaceutical industry evolves away from a blockbuster-based market, will it be ready for a more-personalized, almost-consumerized approach uniting traditional pharma with biotechnology and user-centered drug delivery?

Peter Schmitt...


Kuraray, developer of specialty chemical, dental, fiber, elastomer, and resin products, will be featuring its Septon, Hybrar, and EVAL lines at ...


Prescribed multiple therapies and frequently caring for themselves at home, patients are overwhelmed these days. Packaging and labeling, therefore, must do everything possible to help patients understand the products they use.

“Everyone...


Multisorb Technologies appointed Irene Low to the position of business development leader - Healthcare Packaging East Asia & Australia.

In this role, Low will support current East Asia, Australia, and New Zealand customers and lead new...


Apple Converting joins the Pharmapack North America show June 9-10 in New York at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. It...


New solutions for damage, tampering, and migration are underway.

Struggling with product damage in transit? Need tamper evidence for parenterals? Concerned about extractables and leachables? Two exhibitors at Interphex offered...


A new system employs automatic pouch handling and optional product loading to reduce operator-related errors.  When it comes to traditional manual heat-sealing processes, most mistakes can be attributed to the operator, reports Lynne Barton, senior...

Comar LLC will be unveiling its latest products and new branding at Pharmapack North America in New York on June 9-10 following its...


When it comes to today’s injectable and inhalable therapies, drug administration won’t necessarily be kept under the control of a professional, observes Bill Welch, chief technology officer for Phillips-Medisize Corp. “Drug administration will...