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Pharmaceutical product Packaging

Pharmaceutical packaging plays a fundamental role in the protection of medicines during storage and transport. Tablets, syrups, ampoules, vaccines… Everything must be packaged in compliance with strict safety requirements so that they reach the patient in optimum conditions.

In addition, the way in which medicines are administered determines the design of the packaging, which must facilitate opening and dosing.

 

Pharmaceutical packaging regulations

Pharmaceutical packaging is regulated by different regulations aimed at ensuring the safety and efficacy of medicines, as well as the protection of people and the environment.

In Europe, Directive 2001/83/EC determines the information, packaging and labeling that medicinal products must carry. There are also specific rules governing other aspects, such as protection against counterfeit medicines (Directive 2011/62/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council) and waste management (Directive 2008/98/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council).

Types of pharmaceutical packaging

The most common types of packaging in the pharmaceutical sector are:

Blister:

Consists of a plastic or aluminum foil containing the drug, allowing its administration in doses such as tablets, individual capsules, dragees, etc.

Bottle:

Made of glass or plastic, used for the storage of liquids and solids.

Pharmaceutical product Packaging

Which packaging is the most suitable for the pharmaceutical sector?

Pharmaceutical products are a delicate type of goods, which require special control conditions during the whole packaging process. Therefore, a pharmaceutical packaging must be able to keep the medicines intact throughout the entire supply chain.

For example, using opaque materials that protect it from light, that act as a barrier to water vapor and oxygen, and with a correct sealing and immobilization that prevents degradation or overturning of the product.

In this sense, corrugated cardboard boxes on wooden or cardboard pallets are an interesting option, because they are suitable for both storage and transport of this type of merchandise.

They are also compatible with the standardized European and American palletizing systems and, as they are certified with the ISPM -15 phytosanitary seal, they are suitable for export.

In addition, auxiliary fastening systems such as strapping help to keep the goods securely fastened. Likewise, desiccant salts absorb the humidity inside the packaging during transit.

Pharmaceutical product Packaging

Sustainable pharmaceutical packaging

Pharmaceutical packaging is constantly evolving. Innovation, sustainability and safety set the trends in the sector.

Environmental impact is another of the challenges facing the industry. In the area of primary packaging, the first steps are being taken in the manufacture of recyclable paper blister packs.

Regarding secondary and tertiary packaging, 360 Eco Packaging has been developing sustainable packaging for years, using reusable and recyclable materials. All this together with an optimization service aimed at helping companies implement more efficient logistics, with lower energy consumption and less impact on nature.

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What types of packaging does the food industry use?

From the time they leave the factory until they reach the consumer, products in the food industry use different types of packaging. All of them are an essential part in the process of transporting, distributing and selling the product to ensure its safety and quality.

 

We can classify three types of packaging:

Primary Packaging

It is the one that is in direct contact with the product. Its main function is to protect it from external agents and keep its properties intact. But it is not the only one. In the food sector, the primary packaging is the first thing the consumer will see on the supermarket shelves.

It must therefore be presented in such a way that it stands out from its competitors and is attractive for purchase. In addition, the primary packaging should provide all the information that the product should include as a matter of course.

Today, there are many examples of product packaging that combine functionality, design and sustainability.

Packaging in food industry

Secondary Packaging

It is the one that contains several primary packages, grouping the product to transport several units of the same product or to facilitate the consumer the purchase of several units at the same time.

Packaging in food industry

Tertiary packaging

Tertiary packaging, or packaging proper, is the one that encompasses the two previous ones, protecting both primary and secondary packaging during transportation and storage. For this reason, it is often said that packaging is “the packaging of packaging”. An example of tertiary packaging would be a pallet with 10 cartons containing bottles of wine.

Tertiary packaging includes wooden, cardboard and plastic pallets, as well as large-volume cardboard boxes with or without lids, or corrugated cardboard boxes on wooden or cardboard pallets.

Packaging in food industry

Protective elements in food containers

There are also elements that stabilize the packaged products, facilitating their movement without risk of loss or breakage.

 

In primary and secondary packaging, adhesive tapes, glues or seals are usually used to ensure their closure. Stretch film is the most widespread option for grouping smaller packaging units.

Packaging in food industry
Packaging in food industry

As a summary of this post, the following is an image of a product that does not belong to the food industry, but as in most products, it is also used with the three types of packaging that we have seen above.

Packaging in food industry

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Most Popular Container Packaging

We continue our review of the different packaging products that can be found in the market. This time, it is the turn of some of the most widely used container packaging worldwide, such as pallet collar and pallet boxes.

 

They are made of pine boards joined by galvanized steel hinges and supported on a pallet. Sometimes, and for greater reinforcement, two boards are placed on each side instead of one. Currently, many manufacturers also opt for OSB for the manufacture of these pallet collars, as it is a resistant and economical material, although we can also find plastic and cardboard collars.

They generally have the dimensions of the European pallet (1200 x 800 mm), although there are other standards.

Their main characteristic is their versatility, since, being stackable thanks to their hinges, the customer can superimpose the ones he considers convenient to obtain a box with the appropriate height for his needs. In addition, they are used in a wide range of sectors and provide great stability when moving loads.

Another important feature is that they are collapsible, making them a very efficient alternative for saving costs in logistics (storage and transport).

This form of packaging is also economical, resistant and durable, as they can have a useful life of up to 10 years. Therefore, it is a product that does not require a large investment and can be amortized. It is also easily replaceable, since, if a fence is damaged, it can be quickly replaced by another of identical characteristics.

Accessories can also be added to the frames, such as dividers with different heights and interior dividers made of wood and plastic, as well as corner brackets for greater stability when stacking the frames, supports, label holders or hooks.

Pallet collar - Modular Packaging

Pallet boxes are corrugated cardboard boxes placed on a wooden or cardboard pallet, widely used in the food industry, but also in other sectors due to their versatility.

 

Corrugated board can have up to three corrugations and can have different thicknesses, depending on the type of corrugation as shown in the table below:

Pallet Box

This type of packaging is mainly used for commercial exhibitors, being an economical means to place in supermarkets as a product container and as an advertising method, since cardboard is a material in which it can be easily printed. Different recesses or shelves can be incorporated for product placement.

Their dimensions vary depending on the standard pallets, generally the European one (1200 x 800 mm) and the American or universal one (1200 x 1000 mm).

They consist of a pallet, a base, four sides and a lid. As with pallet collars, another of its characteristics is that it can fold itself.

Thus, the sides, already joined, are folded on the base, placing the lid on top and saving storage and transport costs.

 

Pallet cardboard box

As you can see, the innovations in packaging are mainly focused on logistics and cost savings without neglecting the quality provided by conventional packaging.

 

These, together with the Clipping Crate, are examples of how this sector has evolved over the years and give us a sample of how the packaging of the future will be, between flexibility, design and resistance.

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