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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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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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Celebrating its 10th year, BIOMEDevice San Jose serves Silicon Valley's thriving medical device design and manufacturing industry.


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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.


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It’s been a busy year for packaging professionals in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.


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Amcor Flexibles and Rohrer Corp. have collaborated on an award-winning package for unstable and moisture-sensitive ingredients such as medicines and vaccines. 


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A process for answering one of the most difficult questions in testing. 

 

By Brandon Muhlestein and Pal Khangaldy

 

“How many packaging samples should I test?”


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A pharmaceutical company marketing an anticoagulant product has reached an agreement with Biocorp to integrate the NewGuard safety device into its prefilled syringes, Biocorp reports in a news release.


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FDA has approved the new drug application for Abilify MyCite (aripiprazole tablets with sensor) to track drug ingestion.


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,...


It’s been a busy year for packaging professionals in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. We’ve seen a number of exciting packaging advances emerge with the potential to transform patient care, and we’ve seen a lot of regulatory...


Amcor Flexibles and Rohrer Corp. have collaborated on an award-winning package for unstable and moisture-sensitive ingredients such as medicines and vaccines. 

The Multi-Chamber Blister System has won a ...


A process for answering one of the most difficult questions in testing. 

 

By Brandon Muhlestein and Pal Khangaldy

 

“How many packaging samples should I test?”

Every medical device and pharmaceutical...


A pharmaceutical company marketing an anticoagulant product has reached an agreement with Biocorp to integrate the NewGuard safety device into its prefilled syringes, Biocorp reports in a news release.

NewGuard is a RNS (rigid needle shield...


FDA has approved the new drug application for Abilify MyCite (aripiprazole tablets with sensor) to track drug ingestion.

Abilify MyCite was...


Interest in authentication solutions continues to grow, thanks in part to regulations. “As regulations continue to be created and enforced to ensure patient safety by requiring authentication in the supply chain, we will see more demand for these...