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Essential Elements for Pharmaceutical Packaging

Apr 18, 2016

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Packaging of pharmaceutical is much more than just filling up a container. Pharmaceutical packaging must be done in such a way that the product must remain totally safe until it reaches the end users. Healthcare packaging solutions are very different from the packaging of commercial products. The main focus of packages is to protect the drugs from external elements that are harmful by providing them various levels of protection and ensuring that they are perfectly safe for shipping and distribution.

So what are the elements that make a perfect pharmaceutical packaging?

Protection of the physical form : Pharmaceutical medicines are in various forms such as solid i.e. tablets and capsules, liquid, powder or cream. Thus for various forms of content, different kind of packaging is required. All the medicines in the package need to be protected from external forces such as shock, compression, temperature, vibration etc. However, some medicines are delicate and may need an additional layer of packaging such as bubble sheets, cardboard, paper strings etc. For such medicines Custom healthcare packaging is used depending on the type of the product.

External elements protection : As the pharmaceutical medicines are manufactured with various chemicals, they need to be protected from external elements such as water vapor, oxygen, dust etc. to avoid any kind of chemical reaction and deformation of the actual composition of the pharmaceutical product. A barrier must be created using appropriate material and sealing technique to protect the product against external factors.

Containment or Agglomeration : For proper handling and transportation the medicinal products must be grouped together. Tablets and capsules in small numbers are packed between plastic or metallic sheets and sealed together. Some of the products are bottled too. The choice of the containment depends on the type of medicine that is being packed.

Transmission of Information : The packaging of the product also contains information about the product such as their uses, recycling/disposal, expiry date etc. on the label to ensure that the end user uses only the product that is safe for them. The information is usually printed in the form of a note, text, symbol or warning.

Reduction of Theft : Pharmaceutical packaging should be done in such a way that the possibility of tampering or theft is minimal. Thus, the product must be sealed in such a way that it can’t be closed again or should not get damaged physically. Even if someone tries opening the product, it must show signs to help prevention of theft. Advanced pharmaceutical products are usually integrated with anti-theft devices.

Comfort : When packaging a product, comfort features must be included for easy display, handling, opening, reclosing, reusing, distribution etc. This provides more efficiency and safety to the package and helps it be in the best condition no matter how it is handled.

Marketing : Apart from safety and efficiency, the pharmaceutical packages must also have the ability of marketing. The packaging must not be done just for providing protection to the product but also to encourage the potential buyers to purchase the product. Thus, the packaging must have attractive labels with fine prints. For this purpose printed packaging solutions are used.

So keep these elements in mind and get the perfect packaging for all you pharmacy needs.

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