More than 70,000 packages from 40 medical device manufacturers have been tested under the DuPont Medical Packaging Transition Project (MPTP), and results continue to indicate functional equivalence, reported members of the DuPont team during a Webcast on October 2.
When it comes to medical devices, packaging is sometimes an afterthought. While there are outstanding packages that win high-profile awards, some companies fail to recognize the importance of this factor until late in the game. In worst-case scenarios, this can impact the quality and safety of the device. More often, however, the result is financial, because companies neglect to take steps to reduce packaging costs.
Medical packaging converter Technipaq celebrated its 30th anniversary this summer. PMP News spoke to the company’s founder, Philip Rosenburg, and its Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Brian Rosenburg, about how the industry has changed since the company was founded.
Maintaining hand hygiene is one of the most important steps healthcare practitioners can take toward reducing healthcare associated infections (HAIs). Hand washing and other universal precautions are widely encouraged, but did you know that packaging and labeling could play roles in infection prevention, too?
Applying the predictive reliability method to medical packaging can help companies estimate a failure rate and prevent recalls
The reliability of a medical package production process depends upon maintaining a high performance level over a long time period. Predictive reliability methodology can be used to prevent defects by increasing a given production process’s time to failure and hence increasing its overall reliability. The knowledge sharing between the quality departments of those companies involved in producing medical packages can be very important to ensure the robustness of the production process and its long-term reliability.
Today, at a hospital somewhere in the United States, one patient out of 25 is likely dealing with a healthcare-associated infection. This estimate comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which cites a healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevalence survey.
The Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council (SPMC) of the Flexible Packaging Association recently honored Marie Tkacik for serving as chairperson of its Technical Committee for the last 20 years. Tkacik was elected as its first committee chairperson on July 8, 1994, just after the formation of the SPMC earlier that year. She has been re-elected each year since.
Tkacik is now stepping down as committee chairperson, passing the reins to the recently elected Henk Blom, director of technical service for Rollprint Packaging Products.
Medical device packaging engineering, like other functional areas, works under constant pressure from new product development (NPD) project timelines. The reasons can range from restricted up-front involvement to ever-changing device designs during the NPD process. And, such a burdened environment mixed with continuously compressing timelines requires individuals to make fast-paced decisions. The decisions referred to are the ones that are often negotiated upon to truncate project timelines to increase speed to market.
When a healthcare product packaging company asked potential suppliers for a thermoform-fill-seal machine that could process high-impact polystyrene, the initial answer was no. The material is typically too rigid for thermoform-fill-seal machines. But Ossid, a manufacturer of packaging equipment, reports that it could do what its competitor could not and worked with the packaging company to develop such a machine. The result, Ossid’s 8000S, can replace a standard tray lidding machine, says Jason Angel, the company’s vice president of sales.
Two tube packaging systems for medical implants have been recognized with multiple awards. The systems are unique because medical implants are usually placed in pouches or thermoformed packages, says Olivier Richart, CEO and President at Selenium Medical, which manufactures the SoTube/SoSafe systems.