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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Several U.S. Pharmacopeia packaging chapters are undergoing some sort of change, reported Dwain L. Sparks, an Eli Lilly Co.


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Aprecia Pharmaceuticals Company announced the FDA has approved SPRITAM levetiracetam for oral use as a prescription adjunctive therapy in the treatment of partial onset seizures, myoclonic seizures, and primary generalized ton


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Constantia Flexibles announced its latest development called Constantia TEOS, a new tamper-evident opening system for packages containing medical devices.


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Gerresheimer AG announced its acquisition of Centor, a global supplier of prescription containers for medical dispensing, for $725 million.


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Propeller Health announced the FDA cleared its Propeller platform to market in association with medications using GlaxoKlineSmith’s Diskus dry powder inhaler device for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).


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A recent survey of shipping executives on the transport of hazardous materials – also called dangerous goods (DG) – finds that the majority (59%) of respondents find it challenging to keep up with ever-changing DG regulations.


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The Scottsdale, AZ facility of West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. expanded to meet increased customer demand for the SmartDose Electronic Wearable Injector. 


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Manufacturing professionals—from companies large or small—know the impact packaging has on the overall success of a product.


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Vetter announced the release of its Vetter-Ject, a closure system for prefilled syringes.


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A patented new type of label technology integrates a magnifier lens, which helps readability and as a bonus provides product security benefits, too.

 

 


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There are not a lot of plastics-based contract manufacturers doing drug packaging, notes Phillips-Medisize Corporation Chief Technology Officer Bill Welch. “And we aren’t doing sterile filling or bulk handling.


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A recent survey of more than a hundred U.S. consumers over 40 years of age finds that more than 80% have trouble reading small print on labels.


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Bosch Packaging Technology has helped Tabuk Pharmaceuticals, one of the largest drug manufacturers in the Middle East and North Africa, renew its pharmaceutical powder-filling line to improve capacity.


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Cryopak, a complete cold chain packaging solution provider, recently exhibited at Pharmapack Nor


The Scottsdale, AZ facility of West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. expanded to meet increased customer demand for the SmartDose Electronic Wearable Injector. 

“Expanding our manufacturing capabilities in Scottsdale – and continuing scaling up...


Baxter International Inc. announced it is voluntarily recalling two lots of intravenous (IV) solutions to the hospital/user level due to the potential presence of particulate matter, according to a July 17 ...


Manufacturing professionals—from companies large or small—know the impact packaging has on the overall success of a product. Yet small companies are often at a competitive disadvantage when it comes to creating high-impact custom packaging because...


Vetter announced the release of its Vetter-Ject, a closure system for prefilled syringes. It has already received international recognition, and the tamper-evident closure system includes a baked-in siliconization of an integrated needle syringe...


A patented new type of label technology integrates a magnifier lens, which helps readability and as a bonus provides product security benefits, too.

 

 

The older I get, the more I appreciate the readability of labels and the...


There are not a lot of plastics-based contract manufacturers doing drug packaging, notes Phillips-Medisize Corporation Chief Technology Officer Bill Welch. “And we aren’t doing sterile filling or bulk handling. We’re taking drugs in vials, blister...


A recent survey of more than a hundred U.S. consumers over 40 years of age finds that more than 80% have trouble reading small print on labels. Jim Rittenburg, Co-Founder of IC Optix...


Bosch Packaging Technology has helped Tabuk Pharmaceuticals, one of the largest drug manufacturers in the Middle East and North Africa, renew its pharmaceutical powder-filling line to improve capacity. The maker of branded generics and licensed...


Cryopak, a complete cold chain packaging solution provider, recently exhibited at Pharmapack North Americaand...


For the last few years there’s been a steady stream of new combination products, and deepening trends toward self care appear to be encouraging even more. Home healthcare is growing just as healthcare systems are being encouraged to improve...


The U.S. Pharmacopeia is asking for your help as it revises its guidance on Good Distribution Practices. 

In the June 23 Webcast, “USP General Chapter (GC) <1083> Good Distribution Practices—One Global Document Under Consideration,”...


The Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) announced the winners of the 2015 AmeriStar Package Awards Competition, which included GlaxoSmithKline's Flonase OTC launch, ...


Get ready for a pretty different ISO 11607.

Nick Fotis, global packaging director for Cardinal Health, tells PMP News that ISO 11607 Parts 1 and 2 have begun to go through the revision process. Fotis recently joined David Johnson...


With patient safety and cost containment as the end-game, pharmaceutical companies look to various packaging solutions to help improve their supply chains. Anti-counterfeiting technologies, serialization solutions and other track-and-trace options...


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. ...