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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In February 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a new policy urging the use of “smart” syringes to promote injection safety.


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A new folding carton described as shock and vibration resistant will debut at INTERPHEX at Booth #3007, April 21-23, at the Jacob K. Javits Center.


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This week at RxAdherence 2015, the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (HCPC) announced the winners of its annual Compliance Package of the Year competition.


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When testing package seals according to ASTM F2054 (Standard Test Method for Burst Testing of Flexible Package Seals Using Internal Air Pressurization Within Restraining Plates), Thomas McNabb and his team of packaging enginee


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Contract packagers are building in flexibility to handle the needs of a diverse group of pharmaceutical customers.


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Catalent Pharma Solutions continues to develop its in-house processes and product portfolio for ADVASEPT technology, a glass-free, polypropylene vial produced by blow-fill-seal (BFS) operations that is suitable for a range of bio

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Interphex, the International Pharmaceutical Expo, will return to New York City this spring with exhibits and educational opportunities for pharma/biopharma development and manufacturing professionals, as well as their peers in


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The packaging for Nasacort Allergy 24HR has been recognized with a 2015 WorldStar in the Pharmaceutical & Medical packaging category.


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A pilot program employing GS1 Data Matrix codes yields “positive results.”

Bar codes are being used to transform the vaccine supply chain in Tanzania.


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During NPE 2015 this week in Orlando, FL, Milliken & Co. announced a breakthrough in over-the-counter pharmaceutical and nutraceutical bottles.


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News on trends and market share, COLD labeling, a new clean-peel seal and an expanded cold-chain service all made the headlines in the healthcare packaging market over the past week

 


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Nurses evaluating medical device packaging during HealthPack’s “Voice of the Customer” session captivated attendees at this year’s conference, held in Norfolk, VA.


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It’s a packaging designer’s nightmare: Having to work around an ugly registration mark or the little black box where a laser code will go.


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Nurses evaluating medical device packaging during HealthPack’s “Voice of the Customer” session captivated attendees at this year’s conference, held in Norfolk, VA.


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As UPS continues to expand its UPS Temperature True Packaging service, the company is launching four new off-the-shelf, cold-chain packaging lines available exclusively to UPS customers.


Interphex, the International Pharmaceutical Expo, will return to New York City this spring with exhibits and educational opportunities for pharma/biopharma development and manufacturing professionals, as well as their peers in pharmaceutical...


The packaging for Nasacort Allergy 24HR has been recognized with a 2015 WorldStar in the Pharmaceutical & Medical packaging category. The package is a fold-over carded blister intended to differentiate the product from other nasal sprays as...


A pilot program employing GS1 Data Matrix codes yields “positive results.”

Bar codes are being used to transform the vaccine supply chain in Tanzania.

In 2011, the World Health Organization’s Vaccine Presentation and Packaging Advisory...


During NPE 2015 this week in Orlando, FL, Milliken & Co. announced a breakthrough in over-the-counter pharmaceutical and nutraceutical bottles. The development of a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) resin hyper-nucleated with Milliken’s...


News on trends and market share, COLD labeling, a new clean-peel seal and an expanded cold-chain service all made the headlines in the healthcare packaging market over the past week

 

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Nurses evaluating medical device packaging during HealthPack’s “Voice of the Customer” session captivated attendees at this year’s conference, held in Norfolk, VA.

Organized by the Institute of Packaging Professionals’ Medical Device...


It’s a packaging designer’s nightmare: Having to work around an ugly registration mark or the little black box where a laser code will go. The latter example is most unappealing when the carton is a pristine white or has another, more colorful,...


Nurses evaluating medical device packaging during HealthPack’s “Voice of the Customer” session captivated attendees at this year’s conference, held in Norfolk, VA.

Organized by the Institute of Packaging Professionals’ Medical Device...


As UPS continues to expand its UPS Temperature True Packaging service, the company is launching four new off-the-shelf, cold-chain packaging lines available exclusively to UPS customers. The packages have been engineered, tested, and prequalified...


The March 3, 2015, order from the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) that makers of testosterone drugs must change their products' labels to clarify the drugs' intended use and warn about a potential risk of heart attack and stroke is necessary to...

An incorrect bar code on a drug's primary container has lead to a recall.

Hospira Inc. is voluntarily recalling one lot of Magnesium Sulfate in 5% Dextrose, Inj., USP, 10 mg/mL (NDC: 0409-6727-23, Lot 42-120-JT, Expiry 1DEC2015) to the user...


Healthcare product supply chains are changing. Some are getting longer, taking pharmaceuticals and medical devices further around the world to reach growing numbers of new patients in emerging markets. Others are getting shorter and more immediate...


FDA concerns about aseptic and GMP practices at a manufacturer's site "potentially impacting product sterility" has prompted another recall this week.

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Particulate reported by a customer has prompted Hospira Inc. to voluntarily recall ketorolac tromethamine injection USP in the United States and Singapore, ...


People who use eye drops know how difficult they are to put in safely without assistance. Sometimes small-sized eye drop bottles can also be difficult to open. Gerresheimer’s packaging experts have developed a daily application aid called DropAid...