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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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.


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At MD&M West 2018, Nelipak Healthcare Packaging showed how a collaborative robot could help medical device packaging professionals automate certain steps in the heat sealing process.


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This January Amcor pledged to develop all its packaging to be recyclable or reusable by 2025. The company has also committed to increasing its use of recycled materials and to driving more global package recycling.


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Valeritas Holdings Inc. has developed the V-Go Wearable Insulin Delivery Device (V-Go) for patients with Type 2 diabetes.


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With WestPack and Medical Design & Manufacturing West 2018 shows taking place together in Anaheim February 6-8, medical device packaging professionals will have much to see and learn. 


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Pharmaceutical products are evolving and patient needs are changing, reshaping healthcare. How will supply chains keep up?


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Sterile medical procedures depend upon proper handling of the sterile barrier—and that includes opening medical packaging properly. But what does that mean, and just how hard can it be?


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Two printing companies that have worked with medical device manufacturers for decades are coming together, expanding options and potentially easing order management for customers.


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Water-based and hot-melt adhesive coatings are commonly used for creating peelable seals. There are many formulations, so how do you choose the right one for your package?


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Pharmaceutical pipelines have been shifting for the last 20 years toward the development of biologics, which make up about 70% of drugs currently in development, observes Susanna White, mechanical engineer for Oval Medical Tec


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To increase package automation and reduce preprinted inventory, medical device packagers often consider inline package forming and printing. One option is the QuickPouch pouch-making system.


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Dippin' Dots have provided tasty refreshment for decades. But could the technology behind the flash-frozen beaded ice cream also be used for medical and pharmaceutical products?


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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...


At MD&M West 2018, Nelipak Healthcare Packaging showed how a collaborative robot could help medical device packaging professionals automate certain steps in the heat sealing process. In Nelipak’s booth,...


This January Amcor pledged to develop all its packaging to be recyclable or reusable by 2025. The company has also committed to increasing its use of recycled materials and to driving more global package recycling.

"Our aspiration is to be...


Valeritas Holdings Inc. has developed the V-Go Wearable Insulin Delivery Device (V-Go) for patients with Type 2 diabetes.

According to the company's Web site, V-Go is a...


With WestPack and Medical Design & Manufacturing West 2018 shows taking place together in Anaheim February 6-8, medical device packaging professionals will have much to see and learn. 

To help attendees find the newest ideas in medical...


Pharmaceutical products are evolving and patient needs are changing, reshaping healthcare. How will supply chains keep up? PMP News asked Kevin Lawler, vice president of sales for...


Sterile medical procedures depend upon proper handling of the sterile barrier—and that includes opening medical packaging properly. But what does that mean, and just how hard can it be? And, more importantly, can you build features into your...


Two printing companies that have worked with medical device manufacturers for decades are coming together, expanding options and potentially easing order management for customers.

Steven Label Corp., which began making parts for medical...


Water-based and hot-melt adhesive coatings are commonly used for creating peelable seals. There are many formulations, so how do you choose the right one for your package?

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Pharmaceutical pipelines have been shifting for the last 20 years toward the development of biologics, which make up about 70% of drugs currently in development, observes Susanna White, mechanical engineer for Oval Medical Technologies. “The most...


To increase package automation and reduce preprinted inventory, medical device packagers often consider inline package forming and printing. One option is the QuickPouch pouch-making system. At Pack Expo Las Vegas 2017, Videojet Technologies...


Dippin' Dots have provided tasty refreshment for decades. But could the technology behind the flash-frozen beaded ice cream also be used for medical and pharmaceutical products?

Dippin' Dots is launching Dippin' Dots Cryogenics LLC to offer...


FDA has approved Sanofi's Admelog as “the first follow-on insulin lispro to help people living with diabetes manage blood sugar levels at mealtime,” Sanofi reports in a news release. The product will be supplied in vials and in the SoloStar pen,...