Why is Medical Packaging So Important?

Written by Wall Street News on July 17, 2016. Posted in Formulation development, Medical packaging design, Pharmaceutical track and trace

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It is incredible to think about the progress and advancements that we have seen as a species over the course of our existence here on this planet. The technological advancements alone, just in the last few short decades, have propelled us into a future that our ancestors perhaps never even thought to dream about. But perhaps what is the most impressive when it comes to the progress we have made, is the leaps and bounds that science and medicine have made in regards to health and extending our life expectancies. While there is still much to discover and learn in these fields, it is safe to say that countless people are living longer and more fulfilling lives today, thanks to the power of medicine.

Clinical storage for large amounts of medication

When you think about the fact that over the course of the last 30 days, 48.5% or almost half of the population in the United States have taken one or more prescription drugs, it becomes apparent just how much medication is necessary for the health of the nation. Along with the ordering and production of all that medicine, there are factors to consider such as the clinical storage of the drugs as well as pharmaceutical and medical packaging. There are a vast number of ways that these things can be approached and executed, but it will often depend on the relationship that the clinical storage and packaging firms have with the hospitals, medical practices, or mostly the pharmacies that distribute the medicine.

Why packaging, clinical storage and distribution are important
The storage and packaging of any substance that is meant to be consumed is certainly important, in regards to the freshness of the product and the health of the consumer. But medication is on another whole level. Whether it is a bottle of pills, a vial of liquid medicine, or needles used for injecting a necessary treatment, medication is nothing to mess around with. Different substances and combinations of medical ingredients require different handling, which means paying careful attention to the temperature in which they are kept, ensuring that no contaminants come into contact with the drugs, and making sure they are packaged in a way that will reach the patient, and allow the patient to access the medication without the medication being compromised in any way. These are, to be sure, quite a few factors to pay attention to.

Different types of packaging
If a type of drug is made in pill form, the bottle packaging will include seals and liners to keep the product contaminant-free, as well as guaranteeing to the customer that the medication has not been accessed or tampered with in any way. Blister packaging designs allow the customer to pop one pill out at a time, and these packaging options can come in a variety of colors, styles and container options, depending on the needs and preferences of the pharmaceutical customer. The major benefit of blister packaging is that the individual cavities or pockets for individual doses means the product as a whole is kept safer, and there is less of a chance that it will get damaged. Other types of packaging include cartoning, which includes expressly labeled vials, product information, and dosage instructions, as customized packaging for special items such as auto injector pens or sterilized bottles.

The importance of safe and secure storage, packaging, and delivery for prescriptions and medication cannot be overstated. In order to keep people healthy and happy, the treatments that they rely upon to stay that way must meet the highest of standards in every way. From the moment that the doctor orders the prescription for a patient, to the moment that the medication arrives and the patient takes it, the drug must be handled with the utmost respect and care, as that is what ultimately should be delivered to the patient as well.

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