Packaging Innovation
innovative pharmaceutical packaging
September 27, 2017

4 innovative pharmaceutical packaging concepts

In the world of pharmaceutical packaging constant innovation is key to ensure patient safety. Taking the right dose of the right medication at the right time isn’t always easy, but that’s where these innovative pharmaceutical packaging concepts come in.

1.    Self-injection made safer and easier

Pharmaceutical packaging manufacturers are reinventing pre-fillable syringes to make it safer and easier for patients to self-inject. Next to adding high-quality barrier films to eliminate the risk of infection, manufacturers are increasingly opting for anti-slip grips as well.

2.    Speaking out loud

Few things are as annoying as having to fold up a package insert and get it to fit into the box again. To spare patients the burden of dealing with lengthy package inserts and tiny print, manufacturers are toying with the idea of replacing them with integrated loudspeakers. The text would be customized in line with patient-specific medication instructions.

3.    Smart pharmaceutical packaging

QR codes, holograms and even chips feature more and more in pharmaceutical packaging, enabling suppliers and consumers to identify original medication and helping the pharmaceutical industry as a whole in the battle against counterfeit medication. Another increasingly popular form of smart pharmaceutical packaging are boxes and labels printed with thermochromatic, or temperature-sensitive, ink that changes color when the medicine in question is stored at the wrong temperature.

4.    Dedicated management systems for GMP

4 innovative pharmaceutical packaging concepts brailleAs all pharmaceutical packaging has to be GMP-compliant by 2018, many pharmaceutical manufacturers are investing in dedicated management systems like Esko’s WebCenter to ensure their packaging has all the correct barcodes and information in braille. Equipped with GlobalVision functionality, WebCenter decodes barcodes and grades them according to ANSI/ISO standards, making sure they will be scannable. The system also checks whether there are no missing or superfluous braille dots by comparing the printed design to the PDF.   Inspired by Interpack