The pharmaceutical packaging industry
is thriving. From improved anti-counterfeiting and temperature-controlling technologies to ergonomic packaging and packaging that facilitates patient compliance, this article provides a closer look at the key safety trends
shaping pharmaceutical packaging design
1. Anti-counterfeit pharmaceutical packaging
Counterfeit medication is beyond doubt one of the biggest problems facing today’s pharmaceutical industry. In a bid to improve supply chain security, the pharmaceutical industry is increasingly turning to packaging designers to come up with packaging that is tamper-proof
. Examples include mixing in chemical tracers
such as Tracetag’s ValiMark with inks before the packaging is printed, holographic foils, security labels
and adding diamond dust
to give the packaging a unique spectral signature.
2. Keeping it cool
Now more than ever, the pharmaceutical supply chain is a global affair. That means medication is often transported across several climate zones and requires heat-resistant packaging
. Some manufacturers still rely on gel packs or dry ice to do the trick, but more and more suppliers are exploring new solutions such as BioFoam and expanded polystyrene boxes.
3. Ergonomic pharmaceutical packaging
Patients of a certain age or with conditions such as arthritis often experience difficulty administering the right dose
. In this context, pharmaceutical packaging with auto-injectors
featuring push-on-skin activation (so patients don’t need to push a button with their thumbs), indicator windows and audible clicks at the beginning and end of a dose is proving highly effective.
4. Pharmaceutical packaging that alerts patients
Many patients forget to take their medication at the prescribed times. To address this problem, pharmaceutical packaging designers have come up with packaging that’s equipped with an audio alarm or even lightweight monitors to alert patients
when it’s time to take their meds.
5. Making sure all packaging is GMP compliant
Striving to make their packaging GMP compliant by 2018, many pharmaceutical manufacturers are implementing dedicated management systems
for GMP labeling and packaging artwork.
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