Pharma Technology Focus - Issue 12

In this issue we focus on trends and innovations in pharmaceutical packaging.


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Pharmaceuticals place high demands on packaging, giving rise to ever more advanced technologies to ensure the safety and authenticity of medicines and improve usability and patient adherence. In this issue we look at the latest developments in pharmaceutical packaging.

We round up the latest trends and innovations in packaging for medicines and drug delivery devices and investigate how new 'smart' packs can help to increase patient safety and compliance.

One major challenge to packagers is the transport of temperature-sensitive drugs in areas with no access to refrigeration. We find out how new technologies such as phase-change materials could bring about a new era of temperature-controlled packaging. We also check in on efforts to tighten up track & trace through the adoption of standard laws in the EU and further afield, and get the EFPIA's views on the benefits of a standardised serialisation system.

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In this issue

Safe & Simple
Pharmaceutical packagers are working to make drugs packaging user-friendly and more secure for manufacturers. We look into some of the biggest trends in this innovative field.
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Keeping to the Script
Patients who fail to take their medication as prescribed cost the healthcare industry billions each year. We investigate why smart packaging is a key step in improving patient adherence.
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Total Control
Disruptions in the cold chain are a major contributor to global vaccine wastage, but a new generation of packaging materials promises to keep temperature-sensitive medicines cool, even in the hottest environments.
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Get Smart
Faced with tight timelines and low budgets, clinical trial packaging is one of the toughest jobs in the industry. Almac's Jonathan Calderwood and MWV'S John Musaus tell us why this niche area is growing in importance.
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Track & Trace
As a European directive aims to harmonise the serialisationand verification of drugs, we find out what still needs to be done to help pave the way for truly competitive European and global track-and-trace standards.
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Got Your Number
Every day, counterfeit drugs infiltrate the EU supply chain and put patients at risk. Hugh Pullen of EFPIA's senior oversight group on coding and serialisation outlines the benefits of a Europe-wide standardised identification system achieved through medical packaging serialisation.
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Next issue: Research & development

Even the largest pharmaceutical companies do not always have sufficient in-house capabilities to discover the next therapeutic breakthrough. As research alliances and outsourcing become increasingly important in drug development, we ask industry insiders about their strategies and how they manage research relationships.

We also explore recent breakthroughs in robotic programmes which promise to speed up drug discovery with experiments that are conducted and analysed entirely by artificial intelligence.

Further down in the R&D pipeline, we look at a new vaccine against addiction, examine the potential of plasma in preventing life-threatening diseases, and find out how genetic screening of tumor tissues could revolutionise cancer care.

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