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 testing standards are continually evolving, so it’s critical for engineers to stay up to date on any new responsibilities.


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Lab-on-a-chip technology promises to speed up disease diagnosis and bring it to the point of patient care.


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It’s important for medical packaging engineers to fully understand all medical packaging requirements and be aware of global medical packaging standards, says Curt Larsen, consultant at Spartan Design Group and a member of


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With drug delivery devices being used more and more by patients these days, they need to be designed so that professional experience isn’t required for safe and effective drug administration.


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Nelipak Corp. has acquired thermoforming company Tegrant Alloyd Brands of Puerto Rico Inc. (TABPR), a subsidiary of Sonoco Products Co.


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Inefficiency in liquid-filling operations for pharmaceutical products can result in a significant reduction of productivity and profitability.


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Brides are always the center of attention, and Bella the Bride at MD&M East 2016 was no exception.


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Called a “significant advancement in packaging for the healthcare industry” when recognized in the 28th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation, Formpack Ultra builds upon decades of cold-forming technology with new achievement


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Two thermoformers with significant experience in the medical device packaging industry and beyond are uniting to expand their offerings.


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We were pleased when Ron Yakubison, Director of Packaging Technical Operations at Merck, joined PMP News’s Editorial Advisory Board earlier this year.


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INEOS Barex AG, INEOS Barex USA LLC, and MSM Poly LLC are reporting that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the potential sale of intellectual property and production support related to the Barex product


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UPS has been supporting clinical trials for years, shipping investigational drugs and medical devices as well as patient specimens around the world.


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Sharp Packaging Solutions continues to expand its contract packaging operations in Allentown, PA—this time creating a new Center of Excellence for specialty/biologic/cold chain packaging and adding four new bot


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Mylanta has always been known for its teal bottle. So when Gigi Leporati was charged with modernizing the brand, she wanted the new bottle to be reminiscent of the legacy package.


Package testing standards are continually evolving, so it’s critical for engineers to stay up to date on any new responsibilities. For instance, a few key changes are emerging or being proposed for widely used ASTM standards, and there’s a new USP...


Lab-on-a-chip technology promises to speed up disease diagnosis and bring it to the point of patient care. These “labs” are actually disks designed with microsized channels and chambers that are prefilled with small amounts of diagnostic reagents...


It’s important for medical packaging engineers to fully understand all medical packaging requirements and be aware of global medical packaging standards, says Curt Larsen, consultant at Spartan Design Group and a member of PMP News’s...


With drug delivery devices being used more and more by patients these days, they need to be designed so that professional experience isn’t required for safe and effective drug administration. A few years ago West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. set...


Nelipak Corp. has acquired thermoforming company Tegrant Alloyd Brands of Puerto Rico Inc. (TABPR), a subsidiary of Sonoco Products Co. Located in Juncos, the business will now operate under the name of Nelipak Healthcare Packaging. 

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Inefficiency in liquid-filling operations for pharmaceutical products can result in a significant reduction of productivity and profitability. Thankfully, there are ways companies can avoid issues of inefficiency and keep their production lines...


Brides are always the center of attention, and Bella the Bride at MD&M East 2016 was no exception. The special display by DuPont and Beacon Converters featured a wedding gown made of discarded Tyvek and succeeded in stimulating attendee...


Called a “significant advancement in packaging for the healthcare industry” when recognized in the 28th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation, Formpack Ultra builds upon decades of cold-forming technology with new achievements in material...


Two thermoformers with significant experience in the medical device packaging industry and beyond are uniting to expand their offerings. Placon, which is celebrating its 50th year designing and manufacturing plastic packaging, has acquired...


We were pleased when Ron Yakubison, Director of Packaging Technical Operations at Merck, joined PMP News’s Editorial Advisory Board earlier this year. Yakubison has been in packaging at Merck for 24 years and currently...


INEOS Barex AG, INEOS Barex USA LLC, and MSM Poly LLC are reporting that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the potential sale of intellectual property and production support related to the Barex product line. Under the...


UPS has been supporting clinical trials for years, shipping investigational drugs and medical devices as well as patient specimens around the world. Many of its solutions, however, have been custom built for customers as needed. So for the last...


Sharp Packaging Solutions continues to expand its contract packaging operations in Allentown, PA—this time creating a new Center of Excellence for specialty/biologic/cold chain packaging and adding four new bottling lines within...


Mylanta has always been known for its teal bottle. So when Gigi Leporati was charged with modernizing the brand, she wanted the new bottle to be reminiscent of the legacy package. She didn’t, however, want Mylanta to be known as “yesterday’s brand...


When the U.S. Pharmacopeia set out to modernize Chapter <661> Containers—Plastics, now known as <661> Plastic Packaging Systems and Their Materials of Construction, users wondered how much the revised standard would impact their...

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