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In 2020, the pharmaceutical industry will witness rapid changes with much more advanced technologies that ease packaging, designing, and eliminating the existing challenges to remain a challenger in the market.
FREMONT, CA: A recent study identified that the latest and upcoming pharmaceutical trends would be based on data and insights like the serialization and track-and-trace, sustainability, patient engagement, relatively smaller production lots, advancement in packaging machinery/automation and combination devices for the delivery of medication. Below given are the trends that are still shaping the pharmaceutical industry.
Pharmaceutical packaging developers and manufacturers place more importance on sustainability. Recyclable and biodegradable packaging materials, lifecycle analyses, along with the carbon-footprint reduction, are all expected to play a vital role in this trend. Another likely scenario is the in-store recycling, in which patients return used inhalers and other devices to the pharmacy.
Combination devices for delivery medication
Dual-chamber devices that make it easy for the patients to stick to multi-drug protocols shall experience healthy demand going forward. For instance, devices that aid in delivering two injectable medications will gain traction as combination therapies continue to increase, particularly for the treatment of cancer.
Packaging that engages with the patients by making it very easy to manage dosing, drug compliance, and complete treatment experience will become more prevalent in the years to come. Prefilled syringes, auto-injectors, and smart packaging are a few other instances. Consumer beta testing will emerge to support the development of patient-friendly packages and devices.
Advancement in Packaging machinery
The device that is used in pharmaceutical packaging is expected to shift to robotics and 3D printing. These methods are well suited in rapid prototyping and the small production lots. The internet of medical things (IoMT) and intelligent technologies will enhance, which will be a driving factor in shaping pharmaceutical-packaging automation.
Smaller production lots
The continued development of biologics and other personalized medicines will boost smaller production lots, and in turn, increase the fuel demand for packaging machinery suited to those lot sizes. As the Packaging Digest reported earlier the year, a packaging-machinery supplier and a German university is working on a pilot program along with the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) to automate processes like manufacturing, filling, and packaging of personalized cell and gene therapies.