Efficient Packaging, Effective Medicine
There’s more to your Rx than the medicine that’s inside the box. Did you know that product packaging also plays a large role in the pharmaceutical industry?
We tend to think of pharmacology as a science completely related to chemistry (or the pure sciences) only. Take a second look and consider what differentiates medicine brands, counterfeit medicine, and sensitive medical equipment from one another.
In the manufacturing scene, what delivers the healing component of your pills, injectibles, and tablets is also packaging.
✅ Sterile Packaging
Before a pill goes into your mouth or an insulin injection penetrates your skin, it is important to investigate if it has been packaged properly, for medical purposes.
Certain medical devices have to be packaged with the word “sterile” first in mind. It is the responsibility of pharmaceutical packaging companies to make sure that items are handled properly to maintain integrity and safety for use.
New processes are being developed to ensure that integrity is maintained. In the production process, packaging companies follow a certain “package integrity test.” This test aims to ensure that the efficacy of the medicine is unaffected due to certain risks and factors involved during the packaging process.
What’s worse than finding yourself stuck in the flu for longer than you’re supposed to, all because the medicines you’ve been taking are counterfeit? Yes, such an unfortunate event can happen. When someone places counterfeit drugs (or worse) in a well-designed package that mimics a legitimate brand, a scam has just been plotted.
There’s no intention to spark a criminal thought, though! It’s good news that pharmaceutical packaging technologies are putting authenticity in mind when it comes to development.
Recently, companies have been formulating a type of coating that can be scanned and studied. This involves the use of special inks and film coating that carries information. When scanned optically, the medicine coat itself can provide information and verify authenticity.
When you consider the stages of repackaging and distribution, a lot of information can be lost. We’re expecting that this advancement will help maintain good health especially for patients on maintenance medication.
✅ Proper Labeling in Relation to Shelf Life
Health and safety go hand in hand. There’s only so much that a bag of IV and a piece of pill can tell us upon visual inspection. A question that medical practitioners need to ask is: Is this even safe for use now?
Efficient packaging requires that all data and information related to drug use is printed legibly and effectively. When forsaken, this can lead to unintended health consequences. The labeling of expiration dates is a responsibility that must be taken seriously.
In the packaging process, it must be observed that all pertinent drug information is printed with no important detail left out. Furthermore, it has to be labeled in such a way that resists the passage of time – clearly beyond the expiration date.
✅ Packing for Health
Health concerns for product packaging extend beyond the demands of the pharmaceutical industry. Whether a packaging is required for food, cosmetics, or hardware, an important consideration needs to be made: is it medically safe for the consumer to interact with?
From integrity to safety, we rely on packaging to deliver more than just medicine. It also delivers health and well being.