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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Many of FDA’s Unique Device Identification requirements have already phased in.


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Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain (JJSC) and AmerisourceBergen Corporation (ABC) recently collaborated on a pilot study on implementing GS1 traceability standards. PMP News asked Mike Rose, Vice President of Supply C


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Aptar Pharma and Kali Care are partnering to track patient adherence with ophthalmic drug regimens during clinical trials.


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FDA has approved a combination package containing two prescription drugs for advanced breast cancer.


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Given autoinjectors’ potential to ease drug delivery, interest and adoption in these devices are steadily growing.


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Winners of the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (HCPC) annual Compliance Package of the Year competition were revealed at the organization’s RxAdherence2017 conference on May 2 in Florham Park, NJ.


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Amniox taps the unique properties of placental tissue to develop a range of regenerative products.


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According to the FDA, 11% of packaging and labeling-related pharmaceutical recalls in 2014 were caused by


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In the pharmaceutical industry, there’s been much discussion about lot sizes shrinking and the need to accommodate quick package changeover.


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To help medical device companies change packaging materials quickly and easily, OK International has updated its Supersealer MBS.


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Nelipak Corp. has acquired Computer Designs Inc., uniting two thermoforming leaders in the medical packaging industry.


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Audits of quality systems are required in the medical device industry—but are you conducting your own internal audits on a routine basis? Are you including your packaging operations?


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To promote health and safety while supporting medical device innovation, the European Commission, Council, and Parliament are transforming the Medical Device Directives (MDD; Council Directive 90/385/EEC for active implantable


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Nurses and technicians were quite vocal as they opened medical device packages submitted for feedback during HealthPack’s annual “Voice of the Customer—Nurses & Technicians” panel.


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For sterile medical devices, it’s critical that the seal on the package be completely intact to maintain product sterility.


Many of FDA’s Unique Device Identification requirements have already phased in. The labels and packages of...


Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain (JJSC) and AmerisourceBergen Corporation (ABC) recently collaborated on a pilot study on implementing GS1 traceability standards. PMP News asked Mike Rose, Vice President of Supply Chain Visibility, and...


Aptar Pharma and Kali Care are partnering to track patient adherence with ophthalmic drug regimens during clinical trials. Kali Care has developed a digital monitoring system for ophthalmic medications that Aptar Pharma will deploy on its drug...


FDA has approved a combination package containing two prescription drugs for advanced breast cancer. Novartis reports that FDA has approved the Kisqali Femara Co-Pack, calling it the "first and only" currently available combination pack...


Given autoinjectors’ potential to ease drug delivery, interest and adoption in these devices are steadily growing. Research and Markets...


Winners of the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (HCPC) annual Compliance Package of the Year competition were revealed at the organization’s RxAdherence2017 conference on May 2 in Florham Park, NJ. The annual program honors...


Amniox taps the unique properties of placental tissue to develop a range of regenerative products. “The fetal environment is unique in human nature—it has anti-inflammatory properties, enabling fetal tissue to heal and regenerate when...


According to the FDA, 11% of packaging and labeling-related pharmaceutical recalls in 2014 were caused by labeling mix-...


In the pharmaceutical industry, there’s been much discussion about lot sizes shrinking and the need to accommodate quick package changeover. But while this trend has deepened, another years-long trend continues—the growing demand for generic drugs...


To help medical device companies change packaging materials quickly and easily, OK International has updated its Supersealer MBS. The continuously running rotary band sealer handles a wide range of materials such as Tyvek, Mylar, PET, paper and...


Nelipak Corp. has acquired Computer Designs Inc., uniting two thermoforming leaders in the medical packaging industry. The two teams will operate under the name of Nelipak Healthcare Packaging and produce trays, clamshells, and blisters for the...


Audits of quality systems are required in the medical device industry—but are you conducting your own internal audits on a routine basis? Are you including your packaging operations?

Internal audits at planned intervals are expected under 21...


To promote health and safety while supporting medical device innovation, the European Commission, Council, and Parliament are transforming the Medical Device Directives (MDD; Council Directive 90/385/EEC for active implantable medical devices and...


Nurses and technicians were quite vocal as they opened medical device packages submitted for feedback during HealthPack’s annual “Voice of the Customer—Nurses & Technicians” panel. Ease of opening and prominent labeling information were key...


For sterile medical devices, it’s critical that the seal on the package be completely intact to maintain product sterility. Seal defects can include voids, wrinkles, dust, random particles, or hair—all of which threaten the integrity of the seal....

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