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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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.


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Aptar Pharma is expanding its operations in Congers, NY, with new capabilities for manufacturing elastomer components.


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A few years ago Tim Early envisioned a unique approach to staffing and consulting—described below as “an open-talent economy format”—and so he founded Network Packaging Partners.


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As medical device companies work to ensure compliance with Unique Device Identification, they’re still dealing with on-going tasks such as ensuring package integrity.


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A cancer vaccine currently in clinical trials is being administered via a novel drug-delivery system. Panacea Pharmaceuticals Inc.


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To help medical device manufacturers meet Unique Device Identification (UDI) rules as well as satisfy other marking needs, RTP Company has introduced laser-markable thermoplastic compounds.


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At MD&M West’s Center Stage, Packaging Professionals Karen Greene and Minda Grucela offered tips on developing a rationale for packaging validation.


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Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Pharmapack Europe honored innovation in pharmaceutical packaging and drug delivery during in its annual awards program.


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Call it group therapy for packaging engineers.


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Tekni-Films, a Tekni-Plex company, will be showcasing a number of its films at MD&M We


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....


Aptar Pharma is expanding its operations in Congers, NY, with new capabilities for manufacturing elastomer components.

Bas Van Buijtenen, president of the Injectables Division of Aptar Pharma, reports that construction should be finalized by...


A few years ago Tim Early envisioned a unique approach to staffing and consulting—described below as “an open-talent economy format”—and so he founded Network Packaging Partners. Today, NPP supports clients in the medical device, pharmaceutical,...


As medical device companies work to ensure compliance with Unique Device Identification, they’re still dealing with on-going tasks such as ensuring package integrity. A vision solutions provider believes it can take on both tasks. 

At...


A cancer vaccine currently in clinical trials is being administered via a novel drug-delivery system. Panacea Pharmaceuticals Inc. is using the 3M Hollow Microstructured Transdermal System (hMTS) to deliver its investigational vaccine directly to...


To help medical device manufacturers meet Unique Device Identification (UDI) rules as well as satisfy other marking needs, RTP Company has introduced laser-markable thermoplastic compounds. The materials can be used for packaging as well as for...


At MD&M West’s Center Stage, Packaging Professionals Karen Greene and Minda Grucela offered tips on developing a rationale for packaging validation. They spoke February 9 in the panel discussion: “...


Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Pharmapack Europe honored innovation in pharmaceutical packaging and drug delivery during in its annual awards program. Winners in the Best Exhibitor and Best Health Products categories were announced...


Call it group therapy for packaging engineers. On February 9 at MD&M West’s Center Stage, IoPP-Certified Packaging Professionals Karen Greene and Minda Grucela will be speaking in the Panel Discussion: “...


Tekni-Films, a Tekni-Plex company, will be showcasing a number of its films at MD&M West Booth #2027...

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 to Thursday, May 4, 2017

BIOMEDevice is New England’s source for every aspect of medical device design and development, including packaging solutions. Find the materials, technologies, ideas, equipment and suppliers you need.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 to Thursday, May 18, 2017

At PackEx Toronto, benefit from hands-on access to the newest packaging and processing technologies, equipment and materials.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 to Thursday, May 18, 2017

At ATX Canada 2017, be inspired by the latest technologies and insights applicable to packaging operation, including robotics, motion control, vision, rapid prototyping, software and more.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 to Thursday, May 18, 2017

Toronto Powder & Bulk Solids 2017 puts you face-to-face with North America’s leading suppliers displaying hundreds of solutions, including packaging, to help accelerate product-to-market.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 to Thursday, June 15, 2017

For more than 30 years, MD&M East has been the trusted resource for every aspect of medical device development, including packaging, to take your product from concept to commercialization.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 to Thursday, June 15, 2017

At ATX East 2017, meet with top automation experts and see solutions geared toward maximizing your packaging productivity and profitability.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 to Thursday, June 15, 2017

Quality drives productivity and productivity drives revenues. For critical packaging functions, Quality Expo 2017 brings focus to technology, equipment, materials and services that support quality.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 to Thursday, June 15, 2017

EastPack 2017 packages up new technologies and solutions from hundreds of suppliers. Plus, gain insights from the free presentations at Center Stage, Tech Theater and during the Innovation Tours.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 to Thursday, November 9, 2017

At MinnPack 2017, experience the newest packaging technologies and equipment first-hand, meet suppliers one-on-one and compare solutions side-by-side.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 to Thursday, November 9, 2017

Attend MD&M Minneapolis 2017 and find everything you need to design and develop the next generation of medical devices and equipment, including packaging solutions.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 to Thursday, November 9, 2017

ATX Minneapolis 2017 gives you direct access to knowledgeable suppliers, the latest technologies and networking opportunities. Plus it has access to five other related manufacturing events.