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


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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 In

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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.


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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?


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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


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DuPont reports that it has reached significant milestones in regulatory submissions and industry summaries pertaining to the Tyvek Medical Packaging Transition Project (MPTP).


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Meeting the specific packaging needs of the healthcare market requires paying attention to key issues, such as validation; dosing and dispensing control; and clean, accurate and flexible production.


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A transformative approach to growing the next generation of American engineers and manufacturers is taking place in three counties in the Tampa Bay area, and it includes opportunities in pharmaceutical packaging and medical de


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Finite elemental analysis and customer input helped guide the novel packaging developed for Medtronic’s latest generation of TAVI heart catheters that cut operating room labor by half.

 


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In a joint project with packaging manufacturer Edelmann, Schreiner MediPharm has developed a multi-page booklet-label that makes important product information accessible on the exterior of folding cartons.


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There is a method to pharmaceutical packaging innovation, and there’s also a little magic, says Nancy Limback, who served as manager, packaging innovation & development at Sanofi.


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Counterfeiting has become everyone’s problem, stated Pfizer’s director of global security at Pharmapack North America earlier this year. Now a specialized research company is offering a shiny new solution: Diamond powder.


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Within the pharmaceutical industry, as well as most other markets, counterfeiting has become everyone’s problem, as


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Within the pharmaceutical industry, as well as most other markets, counterfeiting has become everyone’s problem, as stated


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Unilife Corporation announced the debut of its new Imperium platform of instant patch pumps for insulin.


Meeting the specific packaging needs of the healthcare market requires paying attention to key issues, such as validation; dosing and dispensing control; and clean, accurate and flexible production.

Here are five new products that attendees...


A transformative approach to growing the next generation of American engineers and manufacturers is taking place in three counties in the Tampa Bay area, and it includes opportunities in pharmaceutical packaging and medical device production.

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Finite elemental analysis and customer input helped guide the novel packaging developed for Medtronic’s latest generation of TAVI heart catheters that cut operating room labor by half.

 

The award-winning EnVeoR Transcatheter Aortic...


In a joint project with packaging manufacturer Edelmann, Schreiner MediPharm has developed a multi-page booklet-label that makes important product information accessible on the exterior of folding cartons. The new solution, which Schreiner says...


There is a method to pharmaceutical packaging innovation, and there’s also a little magic, says Nancy Limback, who served as manager, packaging innovation & development at Sanofi. She recently led the design and development...


Counterfeiting has become everyone’s problem, stated Pfizer’s director of global security at Pharmapack North America earlier this year. Now a specialized research company is offering a shiny new solution: Diamond powder.

 

According...


Within the pharmaceutical industry, as well as most other markets, counterfeiting has become everyone’s problem, as stated...


Within the pharmaceutical industry, as well as most other markets, counterfeiting has become everyone’s problem, as stated earlier this year...


Unilife Corporation announced the debut of its new Imperium platform of instant patch pumps for insulin.

Imperium is a prefilled, disposable, multi-day wearable insulin pump that does not require filling or assembly by the patient. Since it...


Several U.S. Pharmacopeia packaging chapters are undergoing some sort of change, reported Dwain L. Sparks, an Eli Lilly Co. retiree and now a strategic advisor and expert consultant with YourEncore, to attendees at Pharmapack North America. These...


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 tonic-clonic seizures in...


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. The move further extends Gerresheimer’s footprint in the pharmaceutical packaging business.

"Centor...


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). The clearance follows...


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.

The survey,...