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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Prescribed multiple therapies and frequently caring for themselves at home, patients are overwhelmed these days.


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


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


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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 L

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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.


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


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Pharmaceutical manufacturers are ready for new blister packaging materials, believes Georgia Mohr, Marketing Director – Pharmaceutical, for Bemis Healthcare Packaging.


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The pharmaceutical market is facing a number of ongoing challenges, and Essentra believes its packaging business unit can offer a number of solutions.


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Packaging, sterilization, and assembling are among the critical processes that could be evaluated.


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To help control bleeding and prevent adhesions after functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS), Medtronic launched NovaShield Injectable Nasal Packing and Stent in December 2014.


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Presspart, manufacturer of deep draw MDI canisters and injection molded plastic actuators, will be revealing its Quantum Dose Indication System for MDI’s at 


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At first glance, counterfeiting may seem to plague only high-value products.


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Can packaging and drug-delivery devices help reward patients for adherence? West Pharmaceutical Services is working with HealthPrize to find out.

 


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With compliance dates for the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) approaching, pharmaceutical manufacturers and packaging/labeling professionals need to make important decisions, reports Salil Joshi, Senior Director, Indust


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“No batteries. No programming. No learning curve.” This is how Remind-A-Cap promotes some of the best features of its new compliance closure for pharmaceutical containers, such as bottles and vials.


The pharmaceutical market is facing a number of ongoing challenges, and Essentra believes its packaging business unit can offer a number of solutions. The global packaging company, which completed its acquisition of Clondalkin Specialist Packaging...


Pharmaceutical manufacturers are ready for new blister packaging materials, believes Georgia Mohr, Marketing Director – Pharmaceutical, for Bemis Healthcare Packaging. “Engineers are asking for new materials, but they are also concerned about...


Packaging, sterilization, and assembling are among the critical processes that could be evaluated.

By Peter Drechsler, Team Leader, Unannounced Audits, BSI Germany; Gert Bos, Head of Regulatory and Clinical Affairs, BSI...


Presspart, manufacturer of deep draw MDI canisters and injection molded plastic actuators, will be revealing its Quantum Dose Indication System for MDI’s at ...


To help control bleeding and prevent adhesions after functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS), Medtronic launched NovaShield Injectable Nasal Packing and Stent in December 2014. Made by the company’s Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) division of its...


At first glance, counterfeiting may seem to plague only high-value products. But for those who have been tracking counterfeiters and trying to anticipate their next move—such as Brian Donnelly, Pfizer’s Director of Global Security for the Americas...


Can packaging and drug-delivery devices help reward patients for adherence? West Pharmaceutical Services is working with HealthPrize to find out.

 

Even the best drug in the best container with the best delivery device can be rendered...


With compliance dates for the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) approaching, pharmaceutical manufacturers and packaging/labeling professionals need to make important decisions, reports Salil Joshi, Senior Director, Industry Development –...


“No batteries. No programming. No learning curve.” This is how Remind-A-Cap promotes some of the best features of its new compliance closure for pharmaceutical containers, such as bottles and vials.

The Remind-A-Cap has a simple mechanical...


Ursatec, a preservative-free pharmaceutical product developer of spray pumps for oral, nasal, and inhalation sprays, is gearing up for ...

Locked4Kids,  the World' first Child resistant Carton

Locked4Kids is “different by its simplicity,” says Ron Linssen, managing director of Ecobliss Group. The Dutch supplier developed the award-winning child-resistant and reclosable carton for blister packs with machinery partner Romaco Promatic. “It...


Several packaging chapters within the U.S. Pharmacopeia—including some mandatory ones—are now being revised and updated, which could significantly influence pharmaceutical packaging development and specifications (tests, methods, and acceptance...


Several packaging chapters within the U.S. Pharmacopeia—including some mandatory ones—are now being revised and updated, which could significantly influence pharmaceutical packaging development and specifications (tests, methods, and acceptance...


The rebranded drug-delivery manufacturer Nemera headquartered in France, formerly Rexam Healthcare, anticipates its preservative-free multidose eyedropper Novelia to have an impact at ...