Recent Trends in Pharmaceutical Packaging Technology

Recent Trends in
Pharmaceutical Packaging Technology


• The Pharmaceutical industry is the perfect place for the
packaging industry to show off some of its advanced technology.

Need For

• Pharmaceuticals need reliable and speedy packaging
solutions that deliver a combination of product protection, quality, tamper evidence,
patient comfort and security needs.

• There is an increasing need to provide customized, individual
packaging solutions, which assures the effectiveness of medicines.

• To incorporate precise filling mechanisms, as the wrong
dosage of a medicine could be life threatening.

Medication Monitoring System

• CuePath improves the medication adherence of adults with
chronic conditions by monitoring adherence and providing timely outreach to
resolve the underlying causes of non-adherence.

• The smart packaging involves the use of Cuepath smart
stickers and Cuepath clip attached on to the blister package.

• Cuepath stickers consists of patient medication regimen
info and Cuepath clip is an electronic device used as reminder.


• Blow-fill-seal (BFS) technology is the process by which
plastic containers are formed, filled with sterile filtered product and sealed in
an uninterrupted sequence of operations within the controlled sterile
environment of a single machine.

• The blow-fill-seal process is a robust, advanced aseptic
processing technology, recognized by worldwide regulatory authorities for its inherent
operational advantages over conventional aseptic production.


• Shellpak features 30 days of treatment in a calendarized
unit-dose blister format. To facilitate compliance with the medication regimen,
Tablets are laid out with color coded days and weeks. The pack also includes reminders
for refilling the prescription.

• The Diovan HCT® Shellpak™ is offered in four strength
combinations. Each strength combination features a distinctive color (Brown,
Blue, Purple, Red) and photograph of the unique tablet design for each strength
to ensure correct dosing for the patient.


• A prefilled syringe is a single-dose packet of vaccine to
which a needle has been fixed by the manufacturer.

• Parental packaging innovations and applications have made
devices easier to use for both the healthcare professional and the patient.

-RX sustainable compliance packaging

• In August 2011, Keystone Folding Box Company and Legacy
Pharmaceutical Packaging launched their Ecoslide -RX sustainable compliance

• The pack is made from 100% recycled material, using
unbleached paperboard and a clay-coated surface designed to house blister
packaging with a minimum of unsustainable film and foil .The slide package
meets all the modern expectations for child-resistance and accessibility for
seniors, but doesn’t require heat sealing in the manufacturing process,
reducing both costs and energy usage .

Stora Enso
– Pharma DDSi Wireless System

• This technology is based on conductive ink on a carton
board-based blister inlay, which is connected to a cellular module embedded in the

• The removal of pills is tracked and the information can be
sent to an electronic database automatically via GSM or GPRS cellular networks.

• A Doctor can simply use the packaging data to track a
patient’s medication intake.

• The system can also issue phone calls and text messages to
the patient, healthcare professionals and even relatives.

Inhaler Technique

• A DISKUS® is a dry-powder inhaler that holds 60 doses. It
features a built-in counter, so that you always know how many doses you have
left in it. It’s the first dry powder inhaler that simplifies asthma care by
combining an inhaled corticosteroid with a long- acting bronchodilator in one device.

Near Field Communication
(NFC) Tags

• NFC stands for Near Field Communication. NFC is a set of
standards that allow smartphones and other devices to communicate via radio
signals when they are held in close proximity. NFC works similarly to RFID and
has a range of about 4 inches, making it harder to eavesdrop on.

• NFC tags are added to any pharmaceutical packaging so a consumer
could touch the code on the packaging with their NFC-enabled mobile phone to
download text, audio or web page product information, which can be played back
on his handset. Provided spoken dosage instructions from pharmacy staff, to aid
a visually impaired or blind person.

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