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Healthcare Packaging by the Numbers: Summer 2019

From temperature excursions to the bioplastics market, stats from around the packaging sphere.


THE APPROXIMATE PERCENTAGE of products in the cold chain that are compromised during transport and handling, according to Gregory Pings in “Smart Packaging Brings Visibility into Pharmaceutical Supply Chain.”  

Source: PMMI Business Intelligence Report, “Senior-Friendly Healthcare Packaging, 2019”



ONLINE VITAMIN AND SUPPLEMENT SALES are increasing 12% faster than the e-commerce average.

Source: PMMI’s 2019 Nutraceutical Market Assessment


$27 billion

THE ESTIMATED VALUE of the healthcare cybersecurity market by 2025, growing from $31 billion in 2018.

Source: Global Market Insights 



ONLY ONE naloxone prescription was dispensed for every 70 high-dose opioid prescriptions nationwide from 2017 to 2018 per the CDC, though the number of high-dose opioid prescriptions decreased and naloxone prescriptions increased.


$8.8 billion

THE VALUE that the global bioplastic packaging market is expected to reach by 2024, according to Smithers Pira.




THE NUMBER of pounds of narcotics seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on a typical day, based on FY 2018 data, as well as $3.7 million worth of products with Intellectual Property Rights violations.

Source: CBP Snapshot



PACK EXPO International and Healthcare Packaging EXPO, which took place last October at McCormick Place in Chicago, ranked fifth in the 2018 Trade Show News Network Top 250 U.S. Trade Shows.



THE YEAR in which Walmart plans to use the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s How2Recycle label on 100% of its private brand products as part of the effort to boost collection rates by educating consumers on proper recycling.



THE PERCENTAGE of the U.S. flexible packaging market attributed to stand-up pouches. Over-the-counter products in these pouches provide additional growth opportunities.

Source: PMMI’s 2019 Flexible Packaging Assessment Report


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