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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Amcor Flexibles and Rohrer Corp. have collaborated on an award-winning package for unstable and moisture-sensitive ingredients such as medicines and vaccines. 


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A process for answering one of the most difficult questions in testing. 

 

By Brandon Muhlestein and Pal Khangaldy

 

“How many packaging samples should I test?”


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A pharmaceutical company marketing an anticoagulant product has reached an agreement with Biocorp to integrate the NewGuard safety device into its prefilled syringes, Biocorp reports in a news release.


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FDA has approved the new drug application for Abilify MyCite (aripiprazole tablets with sensor) to track drug ingestion.


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Interest in authentication solutions continues to grow, thanks in part to regulations.


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To help engineers determine whether their products or packaging could be affected by light, DDL Inc. has added photostability testing at its Eden Prairie, MN, lab.


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As cost pressures continue to mount in the healthcare industry, medical device manufacturers are looking to reduce their costs to produce, explains Brian Whalen, director of sales & marketing for CleanCut Technologies.


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Medical device regulations are changing around the world, and many of the new expectations will impact packaging, say experts.


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An adapter for syringes can help ensure the safe and effective delivery of fractional inactivated poliovirus vaccine (fIPV), a study has shown.


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Looking for new testing or conveying solutions? Case sealing or thermoforming innovations? Join us November 8 in Minneapolis for our Packaging Innovation Tour.


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While studying hospital recycling programs, the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC) has observed that “some of the greatest challenges” involve sorting materials and transporting them from hospitals to recyclers.


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Amcor Flexibles and Rohrer Corp. have collaborated on an award-winning package for unstable and moisture-sensitive ingredients such as medicines and vaccines. 

The Multi-Chamber Blister System has won a ...


A process for answering one of the most difficult questions in testing. 

 

By Brandon Muhlestein and Pal Khangaldy

 

“How many packaging samples should I test?”

Every medical device and pharmaceutical...


A pharmaceutical company marketing an anticoagulant product has reached an agreement with Biocorp to integrate the NewGuard safety device into its prefilled syringes, Biocorp reports in a news release.

NewGuard is a RNS (rigid needle shield...


FDA has approved the new drug application for Abilify MyCite (aripiprazole tablets with sensor) to track drug ingestion.

Abilify MyCite was...


Interest in authentication solutions continues to grow, thanks in part to regulations. “As regulations continue to be created and enforced to ensure patient safety by requiring authentication in the supply chain, we will see more demand for these...


To help engineers determine whether their products or packaging could be affected by light, DDL Inc. has added photostability testing at its Eden Prairie, MN, lab. The testing can simulate any lighting that a product or package may experience,...


As cost pressures continue to mount in the healthcare industry, medical device manufacturers are looking to reduce their costs to produce, explains Brian Whalen, director of sales & marketing for CleanCut Technologies.

To help MDMs...


Medical device regulations are changing around the world, and many of the new expectations will impact packaging, say experts. Many of the changes encourage the development of packages that help end-users ensure the safe use of sterile medical...


An adapter for syringes can help ensure the safe and effective delivery of fractional inactivated poliovirus vaccine (fIPV), a study has shown.

At the 4th Skin Vaccination Summit, Dr. Ondrej Mach, Clinical Trials and Research Team Lead,...


Looking for new testing or conveying solutions? Case sealing or thermoforming innovations? Join us November 8 in Minneapolis for our Packaging Innovation Tour.

At ...


While studying hospital recycling programs, the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC) has observed that “some of the greatest challenges” involve sorting materials and transporting them from hospitals to recyclers. In addition, the amount...


Medical device packaging professionals are well acquainted with ISO 11607, Parts 1 and 2. But how about ISO 10993-18?

ISO 11607 has guided medical packaging development for about two decades. The standard “outlines the requirements for both...


Over the last few years TEQ (Thermoform Engineered Quality) has devised new solutions aimed at reducing sterile packaging costs as well as environmental impacts. It’s newest option—TEQpropylene—builds upon such efforts. 

TEQ’s “monopolymer”...


Successful aseptic presentation of medical devices can be impacted by package design and material selection. Adhesive coatings can have an impact, reports Oliver Healthcare Packaging.

“Adhesives can mitigate the risk of substrates tearing...


Markets are changing, especially when it comes to marketing to millennials. “Brands have to meet consumers where they are—they are mobile first,” says Bill Cummings, Thinfilm’s SVP of corporate communications.

A major global pharmaceutical...

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