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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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.

 


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For your latest oral solid dosage launch, did you develop a bottle or blister package? How did you achieve child resistance, if needed?


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Packaging and labeling are believed to be the cause of 33% of medication errors, claims the 2006 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report "Preventing Medication Errors." To minimize the hazards that could lead to such errors, FDA ha


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Merrill’s Packaging, a designer and thermoformer of medical packaging, has passed another California State Green Business/San Mateo County Green Business audit, certifying the company for another three years.


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The European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) is honoring achievements in pharmaceutical blister packaging in its annual Alufoil Trophy Awards in the category of Resource Efficiency.


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Traditional pharmaceutical blister packaging development often involves much trial and error as engineers work to identify both the appropriate barrier material and the blister design.


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Applied DNA Sciences Inc. (ADNAS) has wrapped up trials demonstrating that its SigNature DNA markers can be authenticated when used in packaging materials and on pharmaceutical tablets.


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Recycling programs in hospitals are reportedly expanding, but given the amount of waste produced each day, there’s definitely opportunity for improvement.


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As part of its mission to reduce the amount of healthcare packaging waste sent to landfill, Beacon Converters has come up with a unique way to highlight material recovery.


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Nurses and medical technicians evaluated packages during a Voice of the Customer focus group broadcast live at this year’s HealthPack, held in New Orleans March 15-17.


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...


For your latest oral solid dosage launch, did you develop a bottle or blister package? How did you achieve child resistance, if needed? What considerations are the most important when selecting new blister packaging materials?

We invite you...


Packaging and labeling are believed to be the cause of 33% of medication errors, claims the 2006 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report "Preventing Medication Errors." To minimize the hazards that could lead to such errors, FDA has published the first...


Merrill’s Packaging, a designer and thermoformer of medical packaging, has passed another California State Green Business/San Mateo County Green Business audit, certifying the company for another three years. The company continues to find new ways...


The European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA) is honoring achievements in pharmaceutical blister packaging in its annual Alufoil Trophy Awards in the category of Resource Efficiency. According to EAFA, the program is open to products either made...


Traditional pharmaceutical blister packaging development often involves much trial and error as engineers work to identify both the appropriate barrier material and the blister design. Some companies put into stability testing several low-, mid-,...


Applied DNA Sciences Inc. (ADNAS) has wrapped up trials demonstrating that its SigNature DNA markers can be authenticated when used in packaging materials and on pharmaceutical tablets. The markers were added to new pharmaceutical-grade inks...


Recycling programs in hospitals are reportedly expanding, but given the amount of waste produced each day, there’s definitely opportunity for improvement. A new program organized by the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council promises to demonstrate...


As part of its mission to reduce the amount of healthcare packaging waste sent to landfill, Beacon Converters has come up with a unique way to highlight material recovery.  The sterilization packaging manufacturer has commissioned the creation of...


Nurses and medical technicians evaluated packages during a Voice of the Customer focus group broadcast live at this year’s HealthPack, held in New Orleans March 15-17. As these users opened packages, they answered questions from IoPP’s Medical...

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