One of the most difficult industries for packaging manufacturers to work in today is the pharmaceutical industry. The design of pharmaceutical packaging requires special precautions, ensuring that the packaging is safe and secure while encouraging proper use.

Because the standards for this industry are so high, not all packaging manufacturers are equipped for safe design and production.

Incorporating Safe Design

Before production begins, pharmaceutical packaging design requires careful consideration of safety concerns. For example, pharmaceutical products need to be contained in tamper-proof and/or tamper-evident packaging, so consumers needn’t worry that their medication is unsafe. This is especially true of over-the-counter medications, which are at an increased risk of theft because they are accessible and often high-value.

Safe design doesn’t stop at the pharmacy or store, either. Both over-the-counter and prescription medications need to come in child-proof packaging to ensure that curious children can’t access what’s inside. Conversely, packaging manufacturers must design packaging that is easy enough for the infirm or weak, like arthritic seniors, to open on their own. Striking this balance is no small feat, and can pose a true challenge to packaging manufacturers.

Safety and Cleanliness

Pharmaceutical packaging can also be designed to encourage proper use. About 50 percent of people taking medication either don’t take the right dose, don’t take it at the right times, or both. Unit-dose packaging, in which each dose is packaged separately, encourages patients to take only the recommended dose.

Design isn’t the only thing that matters—packaging manufacturers have to pay close attention to the production line, as well. Packaging for medication has to be carefully manufactured to avoid contamination, particularly during processes like trimming, which can carry fine particles that compromise the cleanliness of the package.

Manufacturers also have to carefully choose their substrates, so they are using only materials that are highly hygienic. Because of these and a myriad of other reasons, only the most qualified and experienced packaging manufacturers should be entrusted with as sensitive a project as pharmaceutical packaging.

To learn more about the challenges and safety considerations of manufacturing for the pharmaceutical industry, and what manufacturers do about them, contact Plastic Ingenuity today.