Unveiling Healthcare Packaging’s Top 10 from 2014

Website visitors seek insights on market trends and forecasts, serialization, unique device identification, and the benefits of effective package design.

Last year, noted author and investigative journalist Katherine Eban’s special report detailing the epic inside story of criminal fraud at Indian drug company Ranbaxy was the most-visited article on the Healthcare Packaging website in 2013. So what topped the list of stories in 2014? Here’s your list, from 10 to 1:

10. Package design plays a key factor in blood glucose monitor sales.

Global marketing firm Affinnova’s audit of 600 nationally representative diabetes patients reveals that gaining adherence requires engaging users with monitor packaging simplicity and functionality.

9. An insider’s look at the healthcare market in India.

Vimal Kumar, Senior Specialist and Head Solutions/Medical Electronics for Tata Elxsi, a design engineering service provider in Pune, India, describes India’s pharmaceutical and medical device markets.

8. Global traceability and serialization in pharma.

A Pharma IQ report presents the results of the latest Pharmaceutical Serialization and Traceability 2014 survey.

7. Serialization readiness: What about my partial containers?

Often forgotten among all the issues addressed when preparing the serialization of a first packaging line is how to handle partial containers.

6. A perspective on DQSA, preemption, and pedigree.

Contributing Editor Dirk Rodgers notes that DQSA means that any previous investments to meet California pedigree law can be repurposed to meet the federal law.

5. Two-count blister packs for ‘smart pills’.

Brainiac Supplements wanted to market its Study Buddy nutrient-based study aid capsules in high-impact packaging.

4. Apace Packaging implements pharmaceutical serialization.

Contract packager sees investment in serialization on its bottling and blister thermoform/fill/seal lines as an opportunity to gain business and a competitive edge.

3. Growth in global folding carton market.

Emerging countries, single-serve packs, consumer electronics, and healthcare drive growth in a market that Smithers Pira forecasts will reach $184 billion by 2018.

2. How Sanofi will save $3 million in packaging costs.
Through a partnership with Sonoco ThermoSafe, Sanofi meets multiple challenges in its international shipping, saving labor costs, time, and gaining versatility.

1. Revealing key trends driving the global packaging market.

Smithers Pira projects global packaging sales to reach $975 billion by 2018, with Asia predicted to represent more than 40% of demand.

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