Top 10 Stories Focus on Commercial Package Innovations

Compliance packs, Mylanta and SmartMouth introductions, as well as an FDA ruling, and medical marijuana challenges resonate as HealthcarePackaging.com’s most-read stories in 2016—along with a video on shipping temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals.

Packaging technology that helps patients adhere to medications, a functional HDPE bottle and a dual pour-spout generated interest among HealthcarePackaging.com readers during 2016. Here’s the countdown on last year’s most read (and seen in one instance) articles.

10. Walgreens Approves Print Packaging Supplier

3C! Packaging receives Graphic Measures International (GMI) Print Packaging Supplier Certification for Walgreens.

9. SmartMouth Triumphs With Dual Pour-Spout Delivery

Dual-spout closure mixes two solutions from two bottles, focusing on the consumer user experience, package functionality and materials compatibility.

8. Speed to Market was Key to Intercept Pharmaceuticals’ Ocaliva Launch

High-speed bulk bottling line helped Intercept Pharmaceuticals bring its orphan drug to the U.S. market.

7. Challenge and Opportunity in Medical Marijuana Packaging

With constant changes to regulations, it’s an unstable time for the medical marijuana market. But with market estimates in the billions, some packaging suppliers are finding that the risks are worth the rewards.

6. Mylanta Returns With Updated Packaging

Brand conveys the promise of relief in functional HDPE bottle. Meanwhile, new Mylanta Gas Minis launch in a one handed-convenience package that provides discretion and portability.

5. Learn Ways to More Effectively Ship Bulk Temperature-Sensitive Pharmaceuticals

This video demonstrates a new approach to using passive pallet shippers can ensure the right dimensions to maximize airfreight rates while providing high-level protection for temperature-sensitive products.

4. Packaging’s Role in ‘The Fate of Pharma’

Costs, market consolidation, regulatory scrutiny and other factors put the pharmaceutical industry under pressure, but what does this mean to the function of packaging within the pharmaceutical sector?

3. Trends in Labels and Adhesives

Refrigerated and cryogenic conditions, global standards and regulations, biologics and biosimilars, migration issues, sustainability and other factors require consideration when evaluating what label materials and adhesives will work best in specific packaging applications.

2. FDA Issues Final Ruling on Symbols in Device Labeling

Final rule seeks to harmonize the labeling requirements of U.S. and international regulatory bodies with respect to the use of symbols in device labeling.

1. Patients the Ultimate Winners in HCPC’s Compliance Packages of the Year Competition

A medication package from PCI Pharma Services, Vertex Pharmaceuticals’ ORKAMBI prescription medicine (shown), Merck Januvia’s package from Westrock, and Mannkind Afrezza’s pack from PCI Pharma Services all earned honors in HCPC’s 2016 Compliance Package of the Year competition.

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