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.

Content Tabs


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If you are using a particular plastic packaging system for a drug already on the market, its use is most likely USP compliant under the recently finalized USP Chapter <661> Containers-Plastics.


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Caregivers may not always have two hands available when administering pharmaceutical liquids, so delivering accurate doses could be challenging.


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Plans for a “broader array” of testing services from Nelson Laboratories LLC are in the works, reports Jeffery Nelson, President.


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SteriPack has always been “very entrepreneurial,” says Tony Paolino, who handles global business development. So as Bemis Co.


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My first exposure to the joint effort between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) that later became known as PROTECT was in 2009 when a regulatory affair


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Packaging professionals will find plenty of ideas and inspiration at the upcoming EastPack and Medical Design & Manufacturing East shows held June 14-16 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City.


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The Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (HCPC) has announced the winners of its annual Compliance Package of the Year competition.


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Medical Design & Manufacturing East 2016 is expecting a special attendee this year—Bella the Bride.


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Pharmaceutical packaging suppliers have just one year before all U.S. Drug Master Files (DMFs) will need to be submitted electronically.


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Pharmaceutical and dentifrice tubes are among the tubes honored by The Tube Council in its 2015 Tube of the Year Awards.


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Flexible packaging provider Oracle Packaging has completed a capital investment in its Winston-Salem, NC facility to expand its extrusion capabilities and capacity. 


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As Platinum Press has grown and established itself in the pharmaceutical industry as a printer of packaging components, Senior VP of Corporate Strategy and Development Andrew Vale realized that a second site was needed to prov


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MyGenetx is playing a central role in the emerging practice of personalized medicine.


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In 2008, Daniel Budnitz, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Medication Safety Program in the division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, enlisted the help of private-sector companies, public health agen


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A two-lane checkweigher helps a pharmaceutical manufacturer monitor fill weights and catch any fluctuations in real time.

 


If you are using a particular plastic packaging system for a drug already on the market, its use is most likely USP compliant under the recently finalized USP Chapter <661> Containers-Plastics. But when will you need to subject that same...


Caregivers may not always have two hands available when administering pharmaceutical liquids, so delivering accurate doses could be challenging. When it comes to syrups and suspensions for pediatric applications in particular, “we’ve heard the...


Plans for a “broader array” of testing services from Nelson Laboratories LLC are in the works, reports Jeffery Nelson, President. Recently acquired by contract sterilization company Sterigenics International LLC, Nelson Labs is integrating...


SteriPack has always been “very entrepreneurial,” says Tony Paolino, who handles global business development. So as Bemis Co. wraps up the acquisition of SteriPack’s medical device package converting assets, SteriPack is already planning the...


My first exposure to the joint effort between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) that later became known as PROTECT was in 2009 when a regulatory affairs colleague at...


Packaging professionals will find plenty of ideas and inspiration at the upcoming EastPack and Medical Design & Manufacturing East shows held June 14-16 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. These shows are co-located with events...


The Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (HCPC) has announced the winners of its annual Compliance Package of the Year competition. The not-for-profit trade association encourages the greater use of compliance-prompting...


Medical Design & Manufacturing East 2016 is expecting a special attendee this year—Bella the Bride. To raise awareness of healthcare packaging sustainability, Beacon Converters has commissioned the creation of a wedding gown for “Bella” made...


Pharmaceutical packaging suppliers have just one year before all U.S. Drug Master Files (DMFs) will need to be submitted electronically. As we explained earlier this year, DMF submissions and related documents will need to be filed electronically...


Pharmaceutical and dentifrice tubes are among the tubes honored by The Tube Council in its 2015 Tube of the Year Awards. Tubes were also recognized in categories for personal care, food, and household and industrial products as well as for...


Flexible packaging provider Oracle Packaging has completed a capital investment in its Winston-Salem, NC facility to expand its extrusion capabilities and capacity. 

Completed in December, the new extrusion line was designed and developed in...


As Platinum Press has grown and established itself in the pharmaceutical industry as a printer of packaging components, Senior VP of Corporate Strategy and Development Andrew Vale realized that a second site was needed to provide the redundancy...


MyGenetx is playing a central role in the emerging practice of personalized medicine. As a healthcare molecular and general chemistry laboratory, the company processes genetic tests for patients before they begin drug...


In 2008, Daniel Budnitz, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Medication Safety Program in the division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, enlisted the help of private-sector companies, public health agencies, consumer/...


A two-lane checkweigher helps a pharmaceutical manufacturer monitor fill weights and catch any fluctuations in real time.

 

Teligent refers to quality as its “most important product.” The company produces a diverse range of specialty...

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