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Healthcare Packaging News: Data and AI Accelerate Digital Transformation in Pharma

The PDA Annual Meeting emphasized the growing need for pharma manufacturing facilities to become digitalized to improve productivity, open the door to further technologies, and make the most of the ‘digitally native’ workforce.

As the name implies, “Pharma 4.0” is Industry 4.0 applied to pharmaceutical manufacturing, which is the addition of cyber-physical systems to computerize manufacturing while focusing on the human element. The concept has been gaining traction in recent years and was a common theme in the 2021 Parenteral Drug Administration (PDA) Annual Meeting.

The four pillars of Pharma 4.0, as explained by Gilad Langer, industry practice lead at Tulip Interfaces, a digital technology provider, are:

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