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Pharma Packaging Technology Kleissendorf

Packaging support & consultancy



Packaging protects pharmaceutical products and provides information

Packaging made from a variety of materials in many different designs fulfils a wide range of important functions in the pharmaceuticals industry.
Plastic and aluminium films in the form of blister packs protect the packaged medical products against external influences such as moisture, oxygen and light. The printed information shows the product name, the dose, the manufacturer, the batch number and the expiry date.
Packaging made of glass, plastic or aluminium protects liquid and paste-like products and ensures sterility in the case of infusion and injection solutions.
Printed packaging, which generally consists of paper and cardboard, provides external protection, carries information along the entire distribution chain and also gives patients important data on the composition, possible side-effects and safe use of the medication.
Sturdy transport packaging protects valuable contents at every point along the supply chain. The active ingredients and auxiliaries used in pharmaceuticals production also need appropriate packaging.
The safe production and dispensing of pharmaceutical products to the patient can only be ensured by proper packaging.


Packaging incurs costs and reduces profit

Packaging is nearly always produced by subcontractors. Owing to the unique requirements of pharmaceuticals packaging, these are predominantly specialised companies. The packaging accounts for a not inconsiderable proportion of the total cost of a proprietary medicinal product. In the long term, the actual packaging costs generally exceed the capital investment in a packaging machine. Packaging is only cost efficient if it meets all the requirements made on it. All costs incurred by the specification (including specification checking), ordering and storage of packaging are also a significant factor. Printed packaging in particular is constantly changing. It is often ordered only once and then replaced by a follow-up product. In such cases the administrative expense and the one-off costs for the manufacturer generally exceed the total value of the goods.
Choosing a particular type of packaging solely on the basis of cost is nearly always a mistake, because the technical requirements are never the same. A wrong decision will often have far-reaching consequences which can greatly exceed the potential savings.


Special tasks for experts

Selecting and specifying types of packaging for pharmaceutical products is a complex task which should be carried out by experts.
The clear and secure structuring of all operations, selection of the right suppliers, the adaptation of all packaging to constantly changing legislation and other requirements necessitate constant checking and reappraisal of the existing packaging range.
The high proportion of recalls due to issues with packaging demonstrates that in all too many cases this is not being done satisfactorily.
The aim of all those involved in the production and packaging of medical products is to ensure that effective medicines are safely dispensed to patients.
Occasionally enlisting the aid of external experts can help bring about greater success in achieving this goal.