Pharmaceutical Packaging – Combating Challenges

December 30, 2011 by  Filed under: Marketing 

When it comes to challenges of pharmaceutical packaging the foremost thing that comes in mind are the issues related to the protective means for controlling contamination. This is exactly where most of the pharmaceutical packaging companies face trouble. Once, the pharmaceutical products roll off the production companies, the concern to protect the products from contamination shifts to the packaging industry.

With the arrival of several life saving drugs, one of the major issues that many pharmaceutical packaging companies are facing is producing primary packaging components, which are compatible with the chemical components forming the products. Many of the elements in the drugs are highly sensitive to certain ingredients. Hence, the products have to be sealed and packed to avoid any leakage.

This is not the end to the challenges of pharmaceutical packaging. There are many other concerns when the products are packed. For instance, there is a possibility that drugs molecules like proteins may get absorbed to the glass packaging containers, thereby leaving very less amount of useful drug in the products for treatment. Most of the good pharmaceutical companies being aware of the fact are using a material known as CZ™ Resin. This is a plastic material that constitutes cyclic olefin polymer, normally found in the market as syringe and vial. This material is less likely to absorb protein compared to typical glasses used traditionally.

On the other hand, there are many drugs which are highly sensitive to sulfur. Being a common component in few rubber elastomeric formulations, it is another challenge for pharmaceutical packaging. Other than sensitivity what matters the most in pharmaceutical packaging is the way the products are going to be used. The packaging of the drugs highly depends on their uses. Take stopper and vial as instances. Packaging companies need to know that how the products will to be used when landed between the end users. If packaging companies are unaware of the kind of needle to be used or confused whether they will be a multi-dose application, it is really difficult to handle the issue once they are in the field. Such issues generate problems because the chemical composition is typically proportionate during their stability.

The stability of the products and the compactness of chemical composition entirely depend on how the drugs are packed. Ideally, there is no exact material that can guarantee to balance drug properties. It is experience, knowledge of materials and judgment of the pharmaceutical packaging company that determines the success of the pharmaceutical products.

This information is shared by Harrie on the behalf of Grand Prints. Grand Prints provide wide range of pharmaceutical packaging and other printing solutions. Grand Prints also offers products for cartons packaging and labeling in India.

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