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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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“How many packaging samples should I test?” For many medical device packaging professionals, this is a common question without an easy answer.


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Companies that sell medical devices face far more stringent packaging requirements than the average consumer packaged goods (CPG) brand owner.


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When biopharmaceutical company Bilthoven Biologicals (BBio) in the Netherlands recently implemented a label management system (LMS), its pharmaceutical packaging operation reaped myriad benefits, including lower labeling costs


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The context in which a package is used should always be a consideration in packaging design—and never more so than when the product in question is designed for emergency medical care in an ambulanc


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The Aergo 2 Max PLC sealing machine has been upgraded with new and enhanced safety features.


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Six trends are shaping the future of global pharmaceutical packaging, according to research and analysis from researchers at Pharmapack Europe.


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A new grip-able sleeve for pharmaceutical autoinjector pens makes it easier for patients with reduced dexterity due to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to handle the medical device and perform self-injections, which can help improve


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A handful of medical packages, each outstanding in its own way, have won AmeriStar Awards this year: the Orthofix Medical Tray, Target Simply Balanced Vitamins packaging, Klearfold Keeper CR, theDuallok child-resistant packagi


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A needle-securing label on medical packaging from B. Braun Medical Inc. is protecting healthcare workers and patients from needlestick injuries. The Needle-Trap label system, developed by Schreiner MediPharm, is used on B.


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Creating a new package in the highly regulated medical industry isn’t easy. When it happens, it should be rewarded.


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Epidemic. Crisis. Abuse. Dramatic words that, unfortunately, aptly describe the current situation with opioid drugs in the United States.


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What are your top concerns when it comes to designing packaging for medical devices? Speed to market? Efficient aseptic transfer? User experience?


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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.

 


“How many packaging samples should I test?” For many medical device packaging professionals, this is a common question without an easy answer. Packaging test methods rarely contain sample size guidance, so it is left to the individual manufacturer...


Companies that sell medical devices face far more stringent packaging requirements than the average consumer packaged goods (CPG) brand owner. To meet the needs of medical device manufacturers, family-owned Dordan Manufacturing Inc. has expanded...


When biopharmaceutical company Bilthoven Biologicals (BBio) in the Netherlands recently implemented a label management system (LMS), its pharmaceutical packaging operation reaped myriad benefits, including lower labeling costs; reduced downtime;...


The context in which a package is used should always be a consideration in packaging design—and never more so than when the product in question is designed for emergency medical care in an ambulance or other...


The Aergo 2 Max PLC sealing machine has been upgraded with new and enhanced safety features. Suitable for medical and commercial applications, the sealer is typically used to seal large medical device-type packages with Tyvek lidding, in addition...


Six trends are shaping the future of global pharmaceutical packaging, according to research and analysis from researchers at Pharmapack Europe. Their results, summarized below, are contained in “The Golden Age of Innovation Is Beginning: Drug...


A new grip-able sleeve for pharmaceutical autoinjector pens makes it easier for patients with reduced dexterity due to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to handle the medical device and perform self-injections, which can help improve health outcomes....


A handful of medical packages, each outstanding in its own way, have won AmeriStar Awards this year: the Orthofix Medical Tray, Target Simply Balanced Vitamins packaging, Klearfold Keeper CR, theDuallok child-resistant packaging systemand...


A needle-securing label on medical packaging from B. Braun Medical Inc. is protecting healthcare workers and patients from needlestick injuries. The Needle-Trap label system, developed by Schreiner MediPharm, is used on B. Braun’s Heparin Sodium...


Creating a new package in the highly regulated medical industry isn’t easy. When it happens, it should be rewarded. So we’re pleased to present the winners in the 2019 Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) competition for the Drug-Delivery and...


Epidemic. Crisis. Abuse. Dramatic words that, unfortunately, aptly describe the current situation with opioid drugs in the United States. But we’re starting to fight back hard, and packaging may be a secret weapon to help us win some of the...


What are your top concerns when it comes to designing packaging for medical devices? Speed to market? Efficient aseptic transfer? User experience? An upcoming free webinar will share tips on how to best engineer your package for today’s medical...


Each year, the Medical Design Excellence Awards competition receives entries on the latest innovations in the medical industry. One category—Drug-Delivery and Combination Products—focuses on the packaging side of the development. For 2019, five...


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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