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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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John Bitner enjoyed life, from his birth on June 4, 1944, until his death on May 14, 2020.


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First-time sanitizer maker HR Pharmaceuticals gets a major assist from C-P Flexible Packaging in 10-day start-to-finish project in the fight against COVID-19.

 

COVID-19 Could Change Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Forever

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With a vast number of direct-to-user/patient shipments happening today in healthcare, especially as the nation battles the contagious coronavirus by complying with stay-at-home edicts, we are seeing unprecedented activity in l

Medical Packaging Regulatory & Standards Update (March 31, 2020)

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To allow healthcare packagers to focus on fighting the COVID-19 crisis, the European Commission has proposed postponement of implementation of the European Union Medical Device Regulation (EU-MDR), originally set for May 2020.


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Healthcare packaging might be behind from a sustainability point of view — when empty packages are in the same environment as human blood, safety supersedes recycling, as well it should.


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The region’s most comprehensive medical design and manufacturing event presents innovations in 3D printing, biocompatible materials, components and more.


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John Spitzley is the 2020 recipient of a new Honor Award bestowed by the Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee (MDPTC) of the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP).


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Pharmaceutical packaging is getting smarter thanks to a reusable, Bluetooth-enabled device that enables patients using metered-dose inhalers to track their daily inhaler use and better adhere to their respiratory-therapy regim


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The pharmaceutical industry is changing at an unprecedented pace.


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New trends in pharmaceutical packaging follow developments in emerging markets, demographic changes and new technologies—and that includes holography, says chairman of the International Hologram Manufacturers Assn.


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In-depth knowledge of pack-testing standards and packaging materials is essential when developing packaging for medical devices, kits and other products that require sterilization.


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Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. produces 120 billion tablets and capsules each year, for distribution into 60 markets worldwide.


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WestPack 2020 (Anaheim, CA, Feb. 11-13) will offer myriad learning opportunities for medical packaging professionals, with a conference program delivering packaging education and training in multiple formats.


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For packagers of medical devices and other low- to mid-volume healthcare products, versatility—more so than speed—is a top requirement for vertical form-fill-seal (vffs) packaging.


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Digital healthcare, the opioid crisis and updates to ISO standards for medical packaging headlined our pharmaceutical and medical coverage in 2019.


John Bitner enjoyed life, from his birth on June 4, 1944, until his death on May 14, 2020. For more than 50 of those years, John served the packaging industry with an illustrative career that blended packaging design and engineering across...


First-time sanitizer maker HR Pharmaceuticals gets a major assist from C-P Flexible Packaging in 10-day start-to-finish project in the fight against COVID-19.

 

When a coronavirus pandemic is underway globally and there’s a widespread...

COVID-19 Could Change Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Forever

With a vast number of direct-to-user/patient shipments happening today in healthcare, especially as the nation battles the contagious coronavirus by complying with stay-at-home edicts, we are seeing unprecedented activity in last-mile deliveries....

Medical Packaging Regulatory & Standards Update (March 31, 2020)

To allow healthcare packagers to focus on fighting the COVID-19 crisis, the European Commission has proposed postponement of implementation of the European Union Medical Device Regulation (EU-MDR), originally set for May 2020. If approved by co-...


Healthcare packaging might be behind from a sustainability point of view — when empty packages are in the same environment as human blood, safety supersedes recycling, as well it should. But the amount of packaging being recycled or the amount of...


John Spitzley is the 2020 recipient of a new Honor Award bestowed by the Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee (MDPTC) of the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP).

This annual award was created to recognize a person’s lifetime...


Pharmaceutical packaging is getting smarter thanks to a reusable, Bluetooth-enabled device that enables patients using metered-dose inhalers to track their daily inhaler use and better adhere to their respiratory-therapy regimen.

To create...


The pharmaceutical industry is changing at an unprecedented pace. New biological treatments for cancer, and a dramatic rise of widespread diseases such as diabetes, call for new processing and packaging solutions to fulfill the different needs all...


New trends in pharmaceutical packaging follow developments in emerging markets, demographic changes and new technologies—and that includes holography, says chairman of the International Hologram Manufacturers Assn. Paul Dunn.

 

With...


In-depth knowledge of pack-testing standards and packaging materials is essential when developing packaging for medical devices, kits and other products that require sterilization.

“SPMC Learning Tools: A Guide to Gels and Sterile Barrier...


Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. produces 120 billion tablets and capsules each year, for distribution into 60 markets worldwide. Driving the company’s success is a long history of corporate acquisitions in the Americas, Europe and Asia—a...


WestPack 2020 (Anaheim, CA, Feb. 11-13) will offer myriad learning opportunities for medical packaging professionals, with a conference program delivering packaging education and training in multiple formats.

The show’s conference program...


For packagers of medical devices and other low- to mid-volume healthcare products, versatility—more so than speed—is a top requirement for vertical form-fill-seal (vffs) packaging. Vffs equipment must be able to handle a variety of pouch sizes and...


Digital healthcare, the opioid crisis and updates to ISO standards for medical packaging headlined our pharmaceutical and medical coverage in 2019. Based on page views, here are the top three articles of the year related to pharmaceutical and...


You need a strong knowledge base to build a career on. In the highly regulated field of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, we can help. Several “Packaging 101” articles scored well with readers this year, earning mention as some of the top...

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 to Thursday, August 20, 2020

Innovative packaging needs inspiration and execution. Push the future of packaging materials, design, sustainability, and production forward by discovering solutions at EastPack 2020.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020 to Thursday, August 20, 2020

The region’s most comprehensive medical design and manufacturing event presents innovations in 3D printing, biocompatible materials, components and more.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 to Thursday, October 8, 2020

Packaging professionals can find solutions to upgrade operations and source new technologies. Get an insider's look at the latest industry products.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 to Thursday, October 29, 2020

See solutions from across the entire concept-to-market product cycle. Everything medical, design, and manufacturing converges and intersects here with sustainable packaging and plastics, robotics and automation, and 3D printing and IoT.

Wednesday, October 28, 2020 to Thursday, October 29, 2020

Medtech engineers and innovators who need to solve tricky challenges can discover solutions in sustainable plastics, smart packaging, biocompatible materials, 3D printing, and IIoT.