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product image of two crossed stick packs.

Stick packs are being used increasingly by the pharmaceutical industry, for example for liquid medicines for oral ingestion. (Image: Volpak)

Flexible packaging for the pharmaceutical sector


Easy handling and exact dosing – this is the promise that flexible packaging also makes for the use of medicines. One example is the stick pack. Spanish mechanical engineering company Volpak now has a new line to process these packagings in their portfolio.
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Printing table and extruder for 3D printing

The system developed by the project HME 3D, a printing table (left) and an extruder (right). (Image: TH Köln / Heike Fischer)

Pills are printed, not pressed


A research group has now developed a new printing technique that allows even more active and carrier substances to be 3D printed into customised drugs. Pharmaceutical polymers are printed directly, without first creating a filament.
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A person joining two pieces of a puzzle.

Business cooperations can offer added value especially for small and medium-sized enterprises. (Image: Vardan Papikyan)

Added value through cooperation


In a competitive system, cooperation might not seem the way to success. But small and medium-sized enterprises especially can profit from cooperation – even in the packaging sector. This can be seen in the example of German companies Koch Pac-Systeme and Zahoransky.
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Blister pack serialisation

Serialising single doses makes it possible to track each primary package. Photo: SEA Vision

Forgery-proof blister packs


There is often still the potential for counterfeiting primary packaging for medication, for example if it is separated from the secondary packaging. Now, SEA Vision and the Marchesini Group have presented a new technology for the serialisation and aggregation of blister packs. 
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Two mint green tubes with aluminium seals lying next to each other.

Image: etma

Tube Trends


The tube as we know it was invented in 1841. In times of resource scarcity and rethinking sustainability, however, this faithful companion is facing major changes. Certain trends are emerging clearly.
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Doctor with an injection needle

Foto: Dimitri Houtteman //unsplash

Ensuring safe packaging for the corona vaccine


The wait for the corona vaccine has finally come to an end. BNT162b2 is the name of the first promising vaccine candidate. However, before we can start vaccinating, we need to overcome huge logistical hurdles which require suitable packaging and processes.
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Three doctors with face masks

Photo: Gustavo Fring von Pexels

The coronavirus crisis as an opportunity for the packaging industry?


The coronavirus pandemic changed everything, with the packaging industry also experiencing a transformation. The fact that not every consequence of the crisis was bad is demonstrated by individual examples of industry participants who were able to find opportunity in the COVID-19 situation.
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Woman in front of chemist’s with mask and cap, wearing a black coat and carrying a black bag

Foto: Anna Shvets, Pexels

How varnishes can protect us against viruses and bacteria


Since the outbreak of corona, we have all been washing our hands industriously to avoid catching the dangerous Covid-19 virus. But varnishes can also help protect us against viruses and bacteria on packaging. The activated ingredient in Microbe Protect special varnish contains nanosilver and is said to provide 99.99 percent protection.
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3D printed tablets

Foto: James Yarema, Unsplash

3D printed tablets


Pills at the push of a button. We’re not quite there yet but the future of 3D printed tablets, called printlets, looks promising. Merck, the pharmaceutical giant, wants to make paths in industrial applications for 3D printed tablets.
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Plastic bag containing medicine mixture

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Repackaging pharmaceuticals in blister packs


Around the world, the number of elderly people is increasing. This is accompanied by an increase in the demand for pharmaceutical packaging that is geared towards senior citizens. In blister packaging centres, pharmaceuticals are repackaged in blister packaging that is user-friendly and tailored to the patient’s needs, thus preventing dosage errors.
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