With patient needs changing and pharmaceutical supply chains evolving, pharmaceutical manufacturers face numerous challenges. One contract packager explains how it, too, is evolving to provide the necessary support.
Pharmaceutical manufacturers are navigating a changing marketplace. There’s greater variety in drug- delivery formats to support new formulations, new modes of dosing, and new users—in many cases the patients themselves. There’s also greater demand for item identification and tracking to support more-complex supply chains. PMP News asked Jeff Benedict, Senior Vice President, Global Business Development, Sharp Packaging Solutions, to weigh in on these changes, the challenges they present, and some potential solutions.
Reed-Lane, a contract packaging provider serving RX, OTC, and generic drug manufacturers, hired Daniel Bright and George Cabrita as project managers, and promoted Josh Goolcharan to project manager specialist. The new project managers will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of customer projects from initial order through ultimate delivery of goods.
SteriPack USA continues to increase its support of medical device manufacturers, announcing an expansion in Lakeland, FL, and holding a recent program to educate its employees on the use of sterile products in hospitals.
SteriPack USA will be exhibiting at the upcoming MD&M East in New York City June 9-11 in Booth #2069.
The Almac Group will create 348 jobs over the next five years, after investments of more than £54 million, reports Arlene Foster, Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister in Northern Ireland. Invest Northern Ireland has offered the group £5.5m of support towards its investment, it was reported in a news release.
Contract packager Reed-Lane has increased its warehouse space by 30% at its existing 132,000-sq-ft facility in Wayne, NJ. The warehouse expansion will support an increase in overall production, expected thanks to a new bottling line.
The company can now handle more than 100 million bottles annually, it reports in a press release.
By Maureen Kingsley
The current hot topics of conversation among contract packagers of drugs and devices include consolidation, serialization, high quality demands, and a more-fragmented pharmaceutical market. Industry is not shying away from these issues, however, and appears to be openly discussing them and acting accordingly.
Contract and clinical packager Almac has equipped its U.S. commercial packaging facility in Audubon, PA, with additional blister packaging technology. Capable of both thermoforming and coldforming, the new Klockner EAS blister line can produce a range of blister formats. It is suitable for low-volume runs to evaluate different packaging material combinations and cost effective stability packaging.