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Trends in pharmaceutical packaging

TRENDS

IN PHARMACEUTICALPACKAGING

"The only thing that is certain in the pharmaceutical packaging space is that things will change. It doesn't occur as quickly as with beauty packaging, which is based on fashion, but it is constant. New international and regional regulations, emerging technologies, a better understanding of materials, improvements in real world usage - all of these mean that pharmaceutical packaging is in constant flux, even though the consumer doesn't notice or understand the changes."

Understanding that product evolution and change are a constant in most industries, why is pharmaceutical packaging notable in this regard? Quite plainly, it's related directly to the health and well-being of the consumer. Pharmaceutical packaging must ensure the product is safe, efficacious, and easy to use. In many cases, this is a matter of life and death. Hence, advancements that can ensure a better use or storage of the product are going to impact positively on the consumer and become a part of future requirements.

This is the typical pattern of innovation and codification: an advancement is made, it becomes widespread, then it becomes a mandatory requirement. Recent changes of this sort include new USA Pharmacopeia guidelines in several chapters as well as the FDA changing its Drug Master File (DMF) acceptance process to electronic rather than paper-based. Both of these at their core are based on advancements in materials and how they're used in pharmaceutical packaging or medical devices.

By recognizing changes, taking advantage of new materials and technological advancements, and changes to consumer habits, regulations are keeping abreast of trends in pharmaceutical packaging to steadily improve the consumer experience with regard to taking medications and adhering to treatments. Some trends in the space stand out as being worthy of consideration in the near future - take a look at our picks of the top three tendencies in the sector we think will impact packaging producers and distributors in the short- term with long-term consequences not far over the horizon.

THREE PHARMA TRENDS

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Easy to open/use medical packaging

Physicians and nurses working in fast-paced hospitals, especially in emergency room settings, need packaging that is easy and extremely quick to use. Seconds may mean all the difference when treating a patient. Companies that focus on pharmaceutical packaging need to bear this in mind and streamline their packaging in order to offer professionals the best options possible, not only based on speed but also on the quality level of storage and adherence to prevailing standards and regulations.

Easy to open/use medical packaging

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Serialization is a must, not optional

So, you have a packaging company and you often produce items for the pharma sector. You create a full testing lab to ensure a high level of product quality. You renovate and create a clean room at the required level. You garner all the necessary certifications and jump through dozens of audit hoops. If you can't offer some sort of serialization option, whether on labels or directly on the packaging, nobody is going to buy your wares. It's that simple. Serialization is massively important, don't underestimate its significance.

Serialization is a must, not optional

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