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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Trends toward outsourcing continue, and not just in manufacturing and packaging.


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Oliver-Tolas Healthcare Packaging recently expanded its operations in Hamilton, OH, to include an additional high-speed coating line for producing its SealScience heat-seal coatings for sterile-grade packaging materials.


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Drug-delivery systems that ease patient administration are in demand.


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Pharmaceutical manufacturers have been submitting applications electronically to FDA for years.


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TFS Series thermoformers offer ease of washdown, quick changeovers and high efficiencies for maximum production time while adhering to high sanitation and hygiene standards for medical applications.


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Preservatives are typically used in pharmaceuticals to reduce the risk of microbial contamination, but there’s been some concern recently about potential side effects.


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Have you considered cybersecurity risk? FDA has just released the new draft guidance, “Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices.” 


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Developing a combination product from concept to market can take years, observes Bill Welch, chief technology officer and vice president of engineering for Phillips-Medisize Corp.


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Healthcare systems around the world are under severe pressure to improve patient outcomes while reducing costs.


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We’ve all been talking about poor patient compliance for years.


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With the second phase of SteriPack USA’s expansion now complete, SteriPack has what Tony Paolino calls a "substantial business continuity program” in place. 


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Drug-delivery technology provider Nemera has developed Safe’n’Sound, an open platform of add-on passive safety devices.


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The pharmaceutical industry has been changing over the last decade.


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Chuck Taylor’s packaging team at Medtronic is moving toward designs that support sustainability efforts and cost reductions.


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Safety and quality are two hallmarks for any manufacturer, but they become non-negotiable when it comes to the production of medical devices.


Trends toward outsourcing continue, and not just in manufacturing and packaging. Karen Greene, President of Life Pack Labs, reports increasing interest in external testing of products and packaging among manufacturers and suppliers of medical...


Oliver-Tolas Healthcare Packaging recently expanded its operations in Hamilton, OH, to include an additional high-speed coating line for producing its SealScience heat-seal coatings for sterile-grade packaging materials. The company recently...


Drug-delivery systems that ease patient administration are in demand. “There’s a big trend toward self-administration,” reports Mike Schaefers, vice president, global product management and marketing operations for West Pharmaceutical Services Inc...


Pharmaceutical manufacturers have been submitting applications electronically to FDA for years. So the agency’s announcement that it intends to switch its current paper system for accepting Drug Master File (DMF) information to an electronic one...


TFS Series thermoformers offer ease of washdown, quick changeovers and high efficiencies for maximum production time while adhering to high sanitation and hygiene standards for medical applications. Depending on the material used, packages can be...


Preservatives are typically used in pharmaceuticals to reduce the risk of microbial contamination, but there’s been some concern recently about potential side effects. Pylote SA Cofounder & CEO Loïc Marchin will be speaking at...


Have you considered cybersecurity risk? FDA has just released the new draft guidance, “Postmarket Management of Cybersecurity in Medical Devices.” 

“A growing number of medical devices are designed to be networked to facilitate patient care...


Developing a combination product from concept to market can take years, observes Bill Welch, chief technology officer and vice president of engineering for Phillips-Medisize Corp. So how can a company increase its chances for success? Come up with...


Healthcare systems around the world are under severe pressure to improve patient outcomes while reducing costs. Over the years we’ve shared many insights from packaging experts suggesting that patient-centric packaging (in one format or another)...


We’ve all been talking about poor patient compliance for years. Why is it still a lingering issue? PMP News asked Phill Marley, Packaging Intelligence Manager for AstraZeneca and Chair of the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council Europe...


With the second phase of SteriPack USA’s expansion now complete, SteriPack has what Tony Paolino calls a "substantial business continuity program” in place. 

"We now have the same equipment in the United States, Asia, and Europe,” Paolino,...


Drug-delivery technology provider Nemera has developed Safe’n’Sound, an open platform of add-on passive safety devices. The company will be in Booth #556 at...


The pharmaceutical industry has been changing over the last decade. Not only have increased mergers and acquisitions changed the landscape of industry players, economic growth in emerging markets has expanded demand for pharmaceuticals and other...


Chuck Taylor’s packaging team at Medtronic is moving toward designs that support sustainability efforts and cost reductions. “We are trying to accomplish benefits for everyone in terms of usability and reducing waste on a weight basis in operating...


Safety and quality are two hallmarks for any manufacturer, but they become non-negotiable when it comes to the production of medical devices. Medical device manufacturers bear the responsibility of producing secure products through individual part...

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