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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Package designs that offer more-thorough self-administration instructions could help pharmaceutical companies address patient adherence issues. In a presentation at Healthcare Packaging


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If you can seal your packages faster, chances are you can increase your throughput, a goal of many pharmaceutical and medical product manufacturers today.


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Coding and labeling expectations for medical devices and pharmaceuticals continue to evolve thanks to Unique Device Identification, the Drug Supply Chain Security Act, and user needs.


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The outcomes of trade investigations could impact users of aluminum foil-based packaging.


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Beacon Converters celebrated its 70th anniversary in a new facility designed for the third-generation, family-owned company's rapidly growing business with a focus on improved efficiencies and environmental controls.


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End-users are confirming that Anobex is “an equivalent, 'drop-in' replacement for Barex,” reports Dan Mullock, COO at MSM Poly.


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Regulations. Testing. Budget. Budget. Budget. Pharmaceutical and medical device packaging professionals share their biggest challenges during PMP News’s 2016-2017 Salary and Industry Outlook Survey.


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Ensuring pharmaceutical products and medical devices are sterile and free of contamination is a dividing line between meaningful treatment and harmful disservice.

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IC Optix's label magnification technology is several steps closer to appearing on pharmaceutical and medical device labels.


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“Even though FDA’s enforcement of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) has been pushed back a year, the illicit trade won’t stop,” warns Bob Miglani, speaking of pharmaceutical counterfeiting, diversion, and other crimin


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Nelipak Healthcare Packaging has joined The Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC). Nelipak, a global provider of custom thermoformed packaging for medical devices and


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PMP News’s 2016-2017 Salary Survey and Industry Outlook reveals a pretty stable, satisfied workforce, but employees and managers do have some concerns. How does your experience compare?


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FDA is delaying enforcement of the upcoming product identifier requirement under the Drug Supply Chain Security Act, but should this delay alter your plans?


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The Population Reference Bureau predicts that the number of Americans aged 65 and older will rise from 46 million today to more than 98 million by 2060.


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The pharmaceutical industry is rapidly changing with the growing popularity of biologics and biosimilars.


Package designs that offer more-thorough self-administration instructions could help pharmaceutical companies address patient adherence issues. In a presentation at Healthcare Packaging EXPO (Sept. 25-27...


If you can seal your packages faster, chances are you can increase your throughput, a goal of many pharmaceutical and medical product manufacturers today.

For flow-wrapping lines, however, the quick-sealing materials have traditionally used...


Coding and labeling expectations for medical devices and pharmaceuticals continue to evolve thanks to Unique Device Identification, the Drug Supply Chain Security Act, and user needs. Several exhibitors at...


The outcomes of trade investigations could impact users of aluminum foil-based packaging.

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), which along with the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) had been petitioned by the Aluminum Association...


Beacon Converters celebrated its 70th anniversary in a new facility designed for the third-generation, family-owned company's rapidly growing business with a focus on improved efficiencies and environmental controls. The new location at 45 Mayhill...


End-users are confirming that Anobex is “an equivalent, 'drop-in' replacement for Barex,” reports Dan Mullock, COO at MSM Poly. Samples of converted Anobex (acrylonitrile methyl acrylate copolymer latex) have already been sent to a number of...


Regulations. Testing. Budget. Budget. Budget. Pharmaceutical and medical device packaging professionals share their biggest challenges during PMP News’s 2016-2017 Salary and Industry Outlook Survey. We asked these professionals to share their...


Ensuring pharmaceutical products and medical devices are sterile and free of contamination is a dividing line between meaningful treatment and harmful disservice. This concept applies to nearly every section of the medical device and pharmaceutical...

IC Optix's label magnification technology is several steps closer to appearing on pharmaceutical and medical device labels. The company has been working closely with security solutions provider Securikett to optimize the integration of the lens...


“Even though FDA’s enforcement of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) has been pushed back a year, the illicit trade won’t stop,” warns Bob Miglani, speaking of pharmaceutical counterfeiting, diversion, and other criminal activity. Miglani...


Nelipak Healthcare Packaging has joined The Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC). Nelipak, a global provider of custom thermoformed packaging for medical devices and pharmaceuticals,...


PMP News’s 2016-2017 Salary Survey and Industry Outlook reveals a pretty stable, satisfied workforce, but employees and managers do have some concerns. How does your experience compare?

In the below article available for...


FDA is delaying enforcement of the upcoming product identifier requirement under the Drug Supply Chain Security Act, but should this delay alter your plans?

This past June, FDA announced that the agency “does not intend to take action...


The Population Reference Bureau predicts that the number of Americans aged 65 and older will rise from 46 million today to more than 98 million by 2060. Such change impacts all industries, but presents a particular challenge for pharmaceutical...


The pharmaceutical industry is rapidly changing with the growing popularity of biologics and biosimilars. In fact, more than 60 percent of patent filings are made on behalf of the industry’s top-ten biologics companies....

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