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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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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.


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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.


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If you’re a small or large medical device company, outsourcing product packaging to a contract packager may be a necessity.


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Medtronic has developed a new customer-centric design after observing previous packages in actual use and talking with medical professionals to gain insight into how users’ core needs could be better met.


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With a revamped shipping material design, OptumRx reportedly has become the first pharmacy care company to launch fully sustainable packaging for drug shipments.


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Two-piece push-and-turn child-resistant (CR) closures are notorious for being hard to open and reclose, causing user frustration, as well as potential cocked caps during application on the packaging line.


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Four user-friendly packages for drug-delivery and combination products help administer accurate doses and improve healthcare treatments.


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“If it’s not critical to package performance, then don’t overspecify.”

“Be careful of voluntary standards. There have been occasions where, over time, they have ‘morphed’ into requirements.”


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If you are responsible for testing the integrity of sterile barrier systems for medical devices, this free 25-page definitive guide is for you.


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How can pharmaceutical packaging production executives prevent “innovation inertia”?


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Life science companies look to utility savings, collaborative product development and serialization to boost their sustainability contributions.

 


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New advances in direct seal systems simplify packaging for medical devices, saving costs, improving printability and enabling optimization of gas sterilization cycles.

 

By Jonathan Andrews and Matthew Joseph


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New equipment for filling pharmaceutical vials promises to bring the best of technology to bear on speed, accuracy, quality control and other considerations vital to the healthcare industry.


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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


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...


Medtronic has developed a new customer-centric design after observing previous packages in actual use and talking with medical professionals to gain insight into how users’ core needs could be better met.

The medical device manufacturer...


With a revamped shipping material design, OptumRx reportedly has become the first pharmacy care company to launch fully sustainable packaging for drug shipments. The upgraded packaging replaces polystyrene blocks with cotton-fiber pads, while...


Two-piece push-and-turn child-resistant (CR) closures are notorious for being hard to open and reclose, causing user frustration, as well as potential cocked caps during application on the packaging line. The new SecureCap QuarterLoc one-piece...


Four user-friendly packages for drug-delivery and combination products help administer accurate doses and improve healthcare treatments. Eli Lilly and Co., Accord Healthcare Ltd., PharmaC LLC and Ethicon US LLC earned 2018 Medical Device...


“If it’s not critical to package performance, then don’t overspecify.”

“Be careful of voluntary standards. There have been occasions where, over time, they have ‘morphed’ into requirements.”

“There is very little control of the...


If you are responsible for testing the integrity of sterile barrier systems for medical devices, this free 25-page definitive guide is for you. Written by veteran medical packaging journalist Daphne Allen, It outlines the available package...


How can pharmaceutical packaging production executives prevent “innovation inertia”? A new report outlines key points in the issue and offers solutions from industry expert Girish Malhotra, who warns that regulators are holding back the pharma...


Life science companies look to utility savings, collaborative product development and serialization to boost their sustainability contributions.

 

An aging world population and improved healthcare availability in emerging markets are...


New advances in direct seal systems simplify packaging for medical devices, saving costs, improving printability and enabling optimization of gas sterilization cycles.

 

By Jonathan Andrews and Matthew Joseph

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New equipment for filling pharmaceutical vials promises to bring the best of technology to bear on speed, accuracy, quality control and other considerations vital to the healthcare industry.

The Dara HSL-PP/4 is a high-speed aseptic filling...


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...