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


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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. 


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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.


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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.


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Production capacity for Aclar films is expanding this year to meet increasing global demand, Honeywell reports in a news release.


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Collaborative robots could help medical device packagers with kitting, assembly, case packing, and palletizing, as long as the loads are under 22 lb, reports Travis Langford, sales development manager,


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Europe’s Medical Device Regulations are ushering in some new considerations for medical device packaging. For instance, does your packaging take into account the generally acknowledged state of the art?


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Mass customization has been in demand for consumer goods for a few years, and now thanks to personalized medicine as well as serialization, healthcare products, too, are being ‘customized.’ The new category of machinery, the a


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Package designs that offer more-thorough self-administration instructions could help pharmaceutical companies address patient adherence issues. In a presentation at Healthcare Packaging


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If you can seal your packages faster, chances are you can increase your throughput, a goal of many pharmaceutical and medical product manufacturers today.


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Coding and labeling expectations for medical devices and pharmaceuticals continue to evolve thanks to Unique Device Identification, the Drug Supply Chain Security Act, and user needs.


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The outcomes of trade investigations could impact users of aluminum foil-based packaging.


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Beacon Converters celebrated its 70th anniversary in a new facility designed for the third-generation, family-owned company's rapidly growing business with a focus on improved efficiencies and environmental controls.


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End-users are confirming that Anobex is “an equivalent, 'drop-in' replacement for Barex,” reports Dan Mullock, COO at MSM Poly.


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Regulations. Testing. Budget. Budget. Budget. Pharmaceutical and medical device packaging professionals share their biggest challenges during PMP News’s 2016-2017 Salary and Industry Outlook Survey.


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...


Production capacity for Aclar films is expanding this year to meet increasing global demand, Honeywell reports in a news release. Aclar is used in blister packaging applications that require high moisture barrier performance.

“The capacity...


Collaborative robots could help medical device packagers with kitting, assembly, case packing, and palletizing, as long as the loads are under 22 lb, reports Travis Langford, sales development manager,...


Europe’s Medical Device Regulations are ushering in some new considerations for medical device packaging. For instance, does your packaging take into account the generally acknowledged state of the art? Transportation and storage risks? Final end-...


Mass customization has been in demand for consumer goods for a few years, and now thanks to personalized medicine as well as serialization, healthcare products, too, are being ‘customized.’ The new category of machinery, the adaptive machine, is...


Package designs that offer more-thorough self-administration instructions could help pharmaceutical companies address patient adherence issues. In a presentation at Healthcare Packaging EXPO (Sept. 25-27...


If you can seal your packages faster, chances are you can increase your throughput, a goal of many pharmaceutical and medical product manufacturers today.

For flow-wrapping lines, however, the quick-sealing materials have traditionally used...


Coding and labeling expectations for medical devices and pharmaceuticals continue to evolve thanks to Unique Device Identification, the Drug Supply Chain Security Act, and user needs. Several exhibitors at...


The outcomes of trade investigations could impact users of aluminum foil-based packaging.

The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), which along with the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) had been petitioned by the Aluminum Association...


Beacon Converters celebrated its 70th anniversary in a new facility designed for the third-generation, family-owned company's rapidly growing business with a focus on improved efficiencies and environmental controls. The new location at 45 Mayhill...


End-users are confirming that Anobex is “an equivalent, 'drop-in' replacement for Barex,” reports Dan Mullock, COO at MSM Poly. Samples of converted Anobex (acrylonitrile methyl acrylate copolymer latex) have already been sent to a number of...


Regulations. Testing. Budget. Budget. Budget. Pharmaceutical and medical device packaging professionals share their biggest challenges during PMP News’s 2016-2017 Salary and Industry Outlook Survey. We asked these professionals to share their...

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