Packaging makes it easier for patients to manage dosage, drug compliance, and the overall self-treatment experience will become even more popular as the pharmaceutical companies move forward.
FREMONT, CA: According to a research and analysis team from Pharmapack Europe, 4 trends are shaping the future of global pharmaceutical packaging. These trends are based on the data and insights from the industry experts. The trends are serialization and track-and-trace, sustainability, patient engagement, smaller production lots, technology innovations in packaging machinery or automation, and the combination devices for the delivery of medication.
Developers of pharmaceutical packaging, like the pharmaceutical industry, are placing more importance on sustainability. In-store recycling, where the patients return used inhalers and other devices to the pharmacy, is one likely picture to be seen.
Packaging that focuses on the commitment of patients by making it easier to manage dosing, drug compliance, and overall treatment experience will be more prevalent. Auto-injectors, smart packaging, and prefilled syringes are a few instances to be noted. Consumer beta testing will likely evolve to support the development of patient-friendly packages and tools.
Smaller Production lots
Sustained development of biologics and other personalized medicines will drive the smaller production lots, which will, in turn, fuel demand for packaging machinery suited to those sizes. According to Packaging Digest report earlier the year, a packaging-machinery supplier and a German university have been working on a pilot program with the Berlin Institute of Health (BIH) to mechanize manufacturing, filling, and packaging of personalized cell and gene therapies.
Combination devices for drug delivery
Dual-chamber tools that make it easy for the patients to adhere to multi-drug protocols should experience healthy demand going forward. For instance, devices that can deliver two injectable medications simultaneously will increase the traction as the combining therapies will continue to increase, especially for the treatment of cancer.