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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To help medical device manufacturers meet Unique Device Identification (UDI) rules as well as satisfy other marking needs, RTP Company has introduced laser-markable thermoplastic compounds.


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At MD&M West’s Center Stage, Packaging Professionals Karen Greene and Minda Grucela offered tips on developing a rationale for packaging validation.


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Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Pharmapack Europe honored innovation in pharmaceutical packaging and drug delivery during in its annual awards program.


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Call it group therapy for packaging engineers.


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Tekni-Films, a Tekni-Plex company, will be showcasing a number of its films at MD&M We


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The original packaging for Hyalo Gyn, a non-hormonal moisture-replenishment product for women, was “quite bland,” recounts Aldo Donati, president of Fidia Pharma USA Inc. “It was just a white box.”


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Medical device packaging design is an integral part of delivering your device to market safely and securely, with the sterile barrier intact.


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There’s no question that interest in human factors is increasing. But are pharmaceutical and medical device designers actually putting such principles to use?


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One stop on our Packaging Innovation Tour at MD&M Minneapolis 2016 was Gel-Pak, a company offering a biocompatible gel that can be coated onto the bottom of boxes, trays, slides, and films to secure medical components in p


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Nondestructive package testing offers engineers and quality control professionals a means to reduce waste and to increase the frequency of their package inspection, with much higher accuracy, reports Michelle Wolf, marketing c


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Brentwood Industries Inc. is now thermoforming 72-in.-long medical packaging trays thanks to a new custom-designed ULTRA thermoformer from SencorpWhite.


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Late 2016 was a busy season for Brazil, as the end of the year saw several developments in Brazil’s serialization program for medicines, Peter Schmitt, Managing Director & Co-Founder of


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Interest in connected health devices is growing given the potential for generating and storing meaningful data, but pharmaceutical and medical device companies do face some challenges in development and security.


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Biocorp, which has previously won Pharmapack Awards for its connected devices Datapen and Easylog, returns to the show February 1-2 at Booth H8 with new products and new partnerships.


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Körber AG has completed its acquisition of Fargo Automation and will integrate the FA brand into Körber Medipak Systems NA Inc. (KMSNA).


To help medical device manufacturers meet Unique Device Identification (UDI) rules as well as satisfy other marking needs, RTP Company has introduced laser-markable thermoplastic compounds. The materials can be used for packaging as well as for...


At MD&M West’s Center Stage, Packaging Professionals Karen Greene and Minda Grucela offered tips on developing a rationale for packaging validation. They spoke February 9 in the panel discussion: “...


Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Pharmapack Europe honored innovation in pharmaceutical packaging and drug delivery during in its annual awards program. Winners in the Best Exhibitor and Best Health Products categories were announced...


Call it group therapy for packaging engineers. On February 9 at MD&M West’s Center Stage, IoPP-Certified Packaging Professionals Karen Greene and Minda Grucela will be speaking in the Panel Discussion: “...


Tekni-Films, a Tekni-Plex company, will be showcasing a number of its films at MD&M West Booth #2027...


The original packaging for Hyalo Gyn, a non-hormonal moisture-replenishment product for women, was “quite bland,” recounts Aldo Donati, president of Fidia Pharma USA Inc. “It was just a white box.”

Such packaging didn’t convey how Hyalo Gyn...


Medical device packaging design is an integral part of delivering your device to market safely and securely, with the sterile barrier intact. Yet this critical process is often given little attention in the overall product development process....


There’s no question that interest in human factors is increasing. But are pharmaceutical and medical device designers actually putting such principles to use? PMP News asked ...


One stop on our Packaging Innovation Tour at MD&M Minneapolis 2016 was Gel-Pak, a company offering a biocompatible gel that can be coated onto the bottom of boxes, trays, slides, and films to secure medical components in place during transport...


Nondestructive package testing offers engineers and quality control professionals a means to reduce waste and to increase the frequency of their package inspection, with much higher accuracy, reports Michelle Wolf, marketing communications manager...


Brentwood Industries Inc. is now thermoforming 72-in.-long medical packaging trays thanks to a new custom-designed ULTRA thermoformer from SencorpWhite. Brentwood has been known for producing long trays, having built its own machine in the late...


Late 2016 was a busy season for Brazil, as the end of the year saw several developments in Brazil’s serialization program for medicines, Peter Schmitt, Managing Director & Co-Founder of ...


Interest in connected health devices is growing given the potential for generating and storing meaningful data, but pharmaceutical and medical device companies do face some challenges in development and security.

Tony Smith, electronics...


Biocorp, which has previously won Pharmapack Awards for its connected devices Datapen and Easylog, returns to the show February 1-2 at Booth H8 with new products and new partnerships.

Recent developments include the...


Körber AG has completed its acquisition of Fargo Automation and will integrate the FA brand into Körber Medipak Systems NA Inc. (KMSNA). The transaction enables Körber to expand its offerings for pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and medical...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 to Thursday, March 30, 2017

Advanced Design & Manufacturing Cleveland showcases five zones on one show floor: Packaging, Automation & Robotics, Design & Manufacturing, Plastics and Medtech.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 to Friday, April 21, 2017

CPhI Japan 2017 gathers more than 19,000 pharma professionals together for a host of events that cover all aspects of the pharmaceutical supply chain, including packaging. Co-located with InnoPack.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 to Thursday, May 4, 2017

BIOMEDevice is New England’s source for every aspect of medical device design and development, including packaging solutions. Find the materials, technologies, ideas, equipment and suppliers you need.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 to Thursday, May 18, 2017

At PackEx Toronto, benefit from hands-on access to the newest packaging and processing technologies, equipment and materials.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 to Thursday, May 18, 2017

At ATX Canada 2017, be inspired by the latest technologies and insights applicable to packaging operation, including robotics, motion control, vision, rapid prototyping, software and more.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 to Thursday, May 18, 2017

Toronto Powder & Bulk Solids 2017 puts you face-to-face with North America’s leading suppliers displaying hundreds of solutions, including packaging, to help accelerate product-to-market.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 to Thursday, June 15, 2017

For more than 30 years, MD&M East has been the trusted resource for every aspect of medical device development, including packaging, to take your product from concept to commercialization.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 to Thursday, June 15, 2017

At ATX East 2017, meet with top automation experts and see solutions geared toward maximizing your packaging productivity and profitability.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 to Thursday, June 15, 2017

Quality drives productivity and productivity drives revenues. For critical packaging functions, Quality Expo 2017 brings focus to technology, equipment, materials and services that support quality.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 to Thursday, June 15, 2017

EastPack 2017 packages up new technologies and solutions from hundreds of suppliers. Plus, gain insights from the free presentations at Center Stage, Tech Theater and during the Innovation Tours.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 to Thursday, November 9, 2017

At MinnPack 2017, experience the newest packaging technologies and equipment first-hand, meet suppliers one-on-one and compare solutions side-by-side.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 to Thursday, November 9, 2017

Attend MD&M Minneapolis 2017 and find everything you need to design and develop the next generation of medical devices and equipment, including packaging solutions.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 to Thursday, November 9, 2017

ATX Minneapolis 2017 gives you direct access to knowledgeable suppliers, the latest technologies and networking opportunities. Plus it has access to five other related manufacturing events.