The packaging industry is constantly evolving due to a range of factors — in particular, new technological advances and innovations, increasing need for sustainable options, and rising customer demand for convenience without sacrificing quality.
In recent years, many companies have begun making the “Rx-to-OTC switch,” the process of transferring a proven prescription-only drug (Rx) to nonprescription, over-the-counter (OTC) status. Making the shift to OTC availability involves a scientifically rigorous, data-driven process, and medications must meet strict requirements, including a considerable margin of safety, proven efficacy, and comprehensive and clear labeling practices.
Emergency response medical devices are utilized in a wide range of applications, from hospital emergency rooms and ambulances to emergency first-aid kits and natural disaster areas.
No matter the specific scenario, however, medical device packaging must adhere to a number of quality and safety specifications.
While sterility and quality are top concerns, several other factors must be considered as well.
In emergency scenarios, the difference between life and death can be a matter of seconds, so packaging must be able to be opened quickly and easily while remaining tamper-evident for optimal sterility.
Also, emergency rooms, field triage centers, and ambulances all thrust caregivers into hectic work conditions, making clear labeling a high priority.
Finally, emergency response in the field — both for ambulance operation and natural disaster response — necessitates packaging that effectively protects medical devices during transport and challenging operational conditions.
As important as oxygen is to sustaining life, it’s one of the biggest contributors to food spoilage. A chemically and biologically reactive compound, oxygen accelerates the growth of microorganisms responsible for mold, yeast, and other harmful fungi. To prevent food spoilage and keep products fresh, food industry packaging experts turn to various flexible packaging solutions.
When designing packaging that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing, packaging engineers often look to end users for important feedback. Consumer opinions can be challenging for manufacturers to access, however, since the retail industry functions as a middleman.
Retailers have excellent insight into consumers’ preferences, so it’s important for engineers in the custom retail packaging industry to pay attention to retailer decisions and developments, like Walmart’s influential Sustainable Packaging Playbook.
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In today’s changing landscape, consumers are increasingly seeking products — and product packaging — that are sustainable and environmentally friendly. Shifting purchasing criteria and mounting environmental concerns are driving innovation, and consumers are becoming increasingly powerful deciders.
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Across industries, manufacturers are ramping up production operations to meet growing customer demand. As product output increases, packaging processes must also be streamlined for optimal efficiency. To keep up with these demands while remaining cost efficient, manufacturers are increasingly turning to automated systems integration.
In industries such as medical device packaging, where even the slightest oversight can be problematic for end users, it’s critical that products are designed with the highest possible structural integrity. From small blister packages and plastic lids to medical trays and clamshells, these protective materials must be sterile, FDA-approved, and impact-resistant to ensure end user safety.
Earlier this month in Denver, Plastic Ingenuity got the chance to attend HealthPack 2017 — one of the country’s leading conferences for medical device packaging professionals, from directors and managers to packaging engineers and R&D team members.