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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Package design is an integral part of the entire medical device development process, yet it is frequently left as an afterthought or the decision is made to purchase an off-the-shelf system without consideration to the device


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How fast is the packaging shift happening in the U.S. from bottles to blisters for oral solid dosage pharmaceuticals (pills, caplets, capsules)? Have we passed the tipping point?


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In the medical device industry, the product is the main thing. It has to be safe. It has to be efficacious. It has to be…packaged?


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When it comes to protecting the efficacy of ultra-sensitive pharmaceuticals, the packaging must step up and provide the necessary oxygen and moisture barriers.


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By building a new Tyvek production line in its Luxembourg facility, DowDuPont Specialty Products Div. will be freeing up medical packaging capacity in the U.S.


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Businesses of any kind find that, when doing business in China and other global locations, it helps to have facilities on the ground. Packaging is no exception.


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Revision of EN ISO 11607, the guiding standard for medical device packaging, is progressing toward completion later this year.


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Testing is one of the most critical endeavors of packaging development for sterile medical devices.


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A technology used to authenticate products in the animal feed industry has inspired a potential solution for pharmaceutical packaging.


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The pharmaceutical industry is knee-deep in transitioning to new product identification requirements for its commercial drugs, with a majority of companies still laboring to achieve compliance with Phase 2 of the 2013 Drug Sup


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A significant amount of the plastic waste generated by hospitals is a flexible material of some sort, such as sterilization wrap or flexible packaging.


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Corning plans to open a new high-volume manufacturing facility, likely in North Carolina, specifically for making Corning Valor Glass.


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Reusing metal instruments could be draining hospitals of both time and resources, argues Jason Haider.


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Applied DNA Sciences Inc. is partnering with Colorcon Inc. to develop an on-dose authentication solution.


Package design is an integral part of the entire medical device development process, yet it is frequently left as an afterthought or the decision is made to purchase an off-the-shelf system without consideration to the device or sterilization...


How fast is the packaging shift happening in the U.S. from bottles to blisters for oral solid dosage pharmaceuticals (pills, caplets, capsules)? Have we passed the tipping point?

In a...


In the medical device industry, the product is the main thing. It has to be safe. It has to be efficacious. It has to be…packaged?

Packaging often gets short shrift, but it’s so important. Its design affects storage efficiency. Its...


When it comes to protecting the efficacy of ultra-sensitive pharmaceuticals, the packaging must step up and provide the necessary oxygen and moisture barriers. But with import tariffs now on aluminum in the U.S., a non-foil solution might be the...


By building a new Tyvek production line in its Luxembourg facility, DowDuPont Specialty Products Div. will be freeing up medical packaging capacity in the U.S.

Christian Marx, vp and general manager for Tyvek-Typar at...


Businesses of any kind find that, when doing business in China and other global locations, it helps to have facilities on the ground. Packaging is no exception.

Oliver Healthcare Packaging, based in Grand Rapids, Mich., provides sterile...


 

 

These days, your medical devices could be in for quite an adventure. “Medical device supply chains are getting more rigorous by the year,” says Sarah Rosenblum, director of business development and marketing at Packaging...


Revision of EN ISO 11607, the guiding standard for medical device packaging, is progressing toward completion later this year. With many of the changes prompted by EU’s new Medical Device Regulations (MDRs), could harmonization with the EU’s new...


Testing is one of the most critical endeavors of packaging development for sterile medical devices.

A few years ago we put together this ...


A technology used to authenticate products in the animal feed industry has inspired a potential solution for pharmaceutical packaging.

Micro-Tracers Inc. has offered analytical micro tracers used for quality assurance purposes in the animal...


The pharmaceutical industry is knee-deep in transitioning to new product identification requirements for its commercial drugs, with a majority of companies still laboring to achieve compliance with Phase 2 of the 2013 Drug Supply Chain Security...


A significant amount of the plastic waste generated by hospitals is a flexible material of some sort, such as sterilization wrap or flexible packaging. Recycling such materials has been a challenge historically for various reasons. The Healthcare...


Corning plans to open a new high-volume manufacturing facility, likely in North Carolina, specifically for making Corning Valor Glass. The company launched the new glass for pharmaceutical vials last year, with initial production out of its New...


Reusing metal instruments could be draining hospitals of both time and resources, argues Jason Haider. To address what he calls an “antiquated medical device supply chain,” he founded Xenco Medical to offer surgical instruments and implants...


Applied DNA Sciences Inc. is partnering with Colorcon Inc. to develop an on-dose authentication solution. Applied DNA’s SigNature DNA molecular taggants, which have already been incorporated into inks and varnishes for use in package printing, are...

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