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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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.


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When it comes to capping systems, pharmaceutical companies are looking for flexibility, reports Franck Vidal, Vice President Sales & Marketing for Fowler Products, a Pro Mach company.


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As an alternative to high-impact polystyrene (HIPS) for medical device packaging applications, Pacur LLChas begun extruding PETG foam made with 


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Four years ago DuPont announced plans to update its manufacturing process for Tyvek 1073B and 1059B.


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FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) has affirmed the functional equivalence of transition Tyvek to current Tyvek for sterile medical packaging, DuPont Protection Technologies (DuPont) is rep


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Solutions are underway to address challenges in code reading, substrates, lighting, validation, and more. 


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Coding variable information like lot and date directly onto high-density polyethylene (HDPE) bottles has always been difficult. Ink jet will do it but is messy and there may be solvent bleed-through issues.


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Rollprint Packaging Products Inc. is introducing a peelable structure within its Exponent product family.


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Health Specialties Manufacturing switched to an x-ray inspection system to ensure product safety and quality—and gained production flexibility at the same time.

 


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This week marks the two-year anniversary of the publication of FDA’s final 


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MSM Poly, a newly formed company led by medical plastics industry veteran Patrick Mickle, has just announced that the firm has begun laboratory synthesis of acrylonitrile methyl acrylate copolymer latex (AMAC). 


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In last issue’s Industry Outlook feature, we examined the potential for disruption in pha


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A new system can produce up to 1200 finished items per minute. 


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Essentra’s solution works on any equipment built for mechanically forming the aluminum-based laminate blister packaging film.


Solutions are underway to address challenges in code reading, substrates, lighting, validation, and more. 

By Rick Roszkowski, Senior Director of Marketing, Vision Products Business Unit, Cognex Corp. 

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Coding variable information like lot and date directly onto high-density polyethylene (HDPE) bottles has always been difficult. Ink jet will do it but is messy and there may be solvent bleed-through issues. It can also be removed. Lasers work...


Rollprint Packaging Products Inc. is introducing a peelable structure within its Exponent product family. Dwane Hahn, vice president of sales and marketing for Rollprint Packaging Products, says that the product line offers potential replacements...


Health Specialties Manufacturing switched to an x-ray inspection system to ensure product safety and quality—and gained production flexibility at the same time.

 

The mission of The GHT Companies is to work globally with its founding...


This week marks the two-year anniversary of the publication of FDA’s final ...


MSM Poly, a newly formed company led by medical plastics industry veteran Patrick Mickle, has just announced that the firm has begun laboratory synthesis of acrylonitrile methyl acrylate copolymer latex (AMAC). 

In a ...


In last issue’s Industry Outlook feature, we examined the potential for disruption in pharmaceutical packaging...


A new system can produce up to 1200 finished items per minute. 

Circle Packaging Machinery is adding a new high-speed horizontal towelette/pad/wipe machine to its lineup, and Kari Button, marketing coordinator, says the new machine...


Essentra’s solution works on any equipment built for mechanically forming the aluminum-based laminate blister packaging film.

Essentra has developed the capability to print on cold-form blister material. “Our ability to securely...


A sterile medical packaging converter is using flexographic printing to coat lidstock in a single pass. 

SteriPax Inc. (www.steripax....


When it comes to most pharmaceutical product identification activities today, companies are focusing on compliance with serialization requirements, observes Darryl Brown, vice president of global strategic marketing at Systech International. Most...

Salaries are healthy and job satisfaction is high for pharmaceutical and medical device packaging professionals, but respondents to our annual survey report increased workload and hiring constraints.

In 2015 the U.S. economy has...


Packaging professionals are preparing for regulatory changes while addressing cost concerns and meeting deadlines. How much opportunity is there for new product development and innovation?

Serialization and track and trace. Changes...


As one of the independent laboratories testing packages and materials in the Medical Packaging Transition Project (MPTP) for DuPont Tyvek, Nelson Laboratories has deepened its knowledge of ASTM F2638, “Standard Test Method for Using Aerosol...


DuPont reports that it has reached significant milestones in regulatory submissions and industry summaries pertaining to the Tyvek Medical Packaging Transition Project (MPTP). The effort seeks to demonstrate that Tyvek 1073B and Tyvek 1059B...