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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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Each year, the Medical Design Excellence Awards competition receives entries on the latest innovations in the medical industry.


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As the market for personalized medicines expands, how will packaging systems be designed to handle production lots of one? Here’s a look at one filling machine already in development.


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Updates to ISO 11607 and ISO TS 16775, standards covering packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices, may help manufacturers comply with EU Medical Device Regulation set to go into effect next year.

 


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Eastman Chemical joins forces with Clemson University to offer students the opportunity to design packaging for medical products.

 


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Infographic shares results from a survey on medical device packaging taken by attendees of HealthPack 2019.


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Two growing trends in pharmaceuticals prompted the development of a new high-performance pouch that addresses the mechanical and purity challenges of packaging a liquid biologic or vaccine that requires low temperatures.


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A deep dive into global digital healthcare trends exposes the pros and cons of using technology in decidedly human applications.


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It’s not easy to innovate in a highly regulated market, but it’s still necessary, right? We would like to know what you think about the need for packaging innovation in the medical device market. Take our short survey now.


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Flexible packaging innovator Rollprint Packaging Products, in business since 1933, has merged with Alliantz Flexible Packaging in Singapore and EuroFoil Teo in Ireland.


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As medical device manufacturers look to automate their packaging operations, they must weigh capital equipment costs, production speeds and floorspace requirements or limitations.


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DuPont officially ceased production of Legacy Tyvek 1073B and Legacy Tyvek 1059B at the end of 2018, signaling the start of a new era for medical-device and pharmaceutical packagers.


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Sterilization, integrity testing, anti-counterfeiting, logistics and supplier sourcing remain top concerns of packaging professionals at healthcare product manufacturing companies, based on page views during 2018 at PackagingD


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Packaging is taking on a more prominent role in protecting opioids from abuse, misuse and theft, with innovative designs leading the way.


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It’s hard to imagine why any of us would not comply with the prescription from our doctor. After all, we initially went to the doctor to help treat our health issues.


Updates to ISO 11607 and ISO TS 16775, standards covering packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices, may help manufacturers comply with EU Medical Device Regulation set to go into effect next year.

 

With an application date...


Eastman Chemical joins forces with Clemson University to offer students the opportunity to design packaging for medical products.

 

Each year, select senior students in...


Infographic shares results from a survey on medical device packaging taken by attendees of HealthPack 2019.

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Two growing trends in pharmaceuticals prompted the development of a new high-performance pouch that addresses the mechanical and purity challenges of packaging a liquid biologic or vaccine that requires low temperatures. The Gore Sta-Pure Flexible...


A deep dive into global digital healthcare trends exposes the pros and cons of using technology in decidedly human applications. After a thorough explanation of market drivers, the authors focus on primary and...


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is asking pharmaceutical packaging companies, brand owners and entities engaged at various levels of pharmaceutical distribution to make the prescription-drug supply chain more secure. The mechanism for...


It’s not easy to innovate in a highly regulated market, but it’s still necessary, right? We would like to know what you think about the need for packaging innovation in the medical device market. Take our short survey now.

 

 

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Flexible packaging innovator Rollprint Packaging Products, in business since 1933, has merged with Alliantz Flexible Packaging in Singapore and EuroFoil Teo in Ireland. PAXXUS—the combined company’s new global identity—is now positioned as a...


As medical device manufacturers look to automate their packaging operations, they must weigh capital equipment costs, production speeds and floorspace requirements or limitations. Keeping all in mind, a new economical medical packaging sealer...


DuPont officially ceased production of Legacy Tyvek 1073B and Legacy Tyvek 1059B at the end of 2018, signaling the start of a new era for medical-device and pharmaceutical packagers. Replacing the materials are Transition Tyvek 1073B and 1059B....


Sterilization, integrity testing, anti-counterfeiting, logistics and supplier sourcing remain top concerns of packaging professionals at healthcare product manufacturing companies, based on page views during 2018 at PackagingDigest.com.

Our...


Packaging is taking on a more prominent role in protecting opioids from abuse, misuse and theft, with innovative designs leading the way. One of these uses biometric (fingerprint) authorization to ensure that patients—and only patients—receive...


It’s hard to imagine why any of us would not comply with the prescription from our doctor. After all, we initially went to the doctor to help treat our health issues. But then we veer off the path of taking medications as prescribed, only to...


Pharmaceutical packaging, in the form of packs that control access to opioids, has been in the limelight recently, with recently enacted legislation driving regulatory changes in the United States.

With an eye on the new legislation and the...


If you’re a small or large medical device company, outsourcing product packaging to a contract packager may be a necessity. Before hiring one, though, knowing the right questions to ask is critical to ensure high product quality, regulatory...