A single pouch has replaced a double-pouch system for packaging a drug-eluting stent, reducing materials, labor, and storage needs. The new package represents a 50% reduction in waste and a 46% reduction in storage space. Such accomplishments have earned stent maker Medtronic a 2011 Ameristar award in the Medical Device category from the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP).
HealthPack 2011 packed attendees in again this past March, with more input from nurses on medical device packaging preferences. This year, Jennifer Neid Benolken and Jennifer Blocher expanded their annual nurses survey to include mainly international professionals, and Benolken moderated another live nurses panel for evaluating actual packages. Feedback was frank and eye-opening, just as in past years. Benolken serves as senior packaging engineer for St.
Technipaq Inc., a manufacturer of flexible sterilizable packaging materials for the medical device, diagnostic, pharmaceutical, and other industries, announces its ISO 9001 certification of compliance with the International Organization for Standardization for quality management and quality assurance and ISO 13485 medical device certification for production in its Crystal Lake, IL, facility.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as well as the Alabama Department of Public Health are investigating the outbreak of Serratia marcescens bacteremia in several Alabama hospitals. On March 16, the Alabama Department of Public Health was notified that an outbreak had occurred in two of these hospitals among patients receiving (total parenteral nutrition) TPN. TPN is liquid nutrition fed through an IV using a catheter. Use of contaminated products may lead to bacterial infection of the blood.
When developing medical device packaging, documentation can be a packaging engineer’s best friend. You have got a lot of decisions to make, and you may be asked to justify them one day.
Medical device manufacturers are often pressed to take costs out of a product over its lifetime, but they cannot risk any threats to quality.
At HealthPack 2011, medical device packaging professionals can watch medical professionals in action. Taking place March 8-10 at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OH, HealthPack will present the third-annual Nurses' Focus Group.
Medical packaging professionals will only be able to watch the live focus group at the event, as the group will not be videotaped or audiotaped. Attendees can see how their packages are used by working professionals and what can be done to ensure packaging designs are the best they can be on the medical frontlines.
West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. (Lionville, Pa.) has announced the company’s next generation Ready Pack system, which includes sterile and ready-to-use Daikyo Crystal Zenith resin 2mL or 5mL vials, NovaPure quality standard stoppers, and Flip-Off seals. The new system meets the need for a ready-to-use container closure system suitable for sensitive drug products and was developed to meet the need for clean, low extractable, inert storage of sensitive biologic products during the research and development process.
In the area of vaccines, packaging is critical to securing the safety and stability of the product. High-maintenance facets of infectious diseases and the vaccines that prevent them demand forethought and fastidious effort from pharmaceutical companies, healthcare ad agencies, and physicians alike.
For years, Stryker Orthopaedics has been surrounding its femoral hip implants with foam wedges before packaging them. The foam was bulky and required a lot of manual labor, though, so the company was eager for a change. However, the implants’ special coatings, which are designed to work with cementless application, are tough on packaging materials. “The coatings can be very abrasive,” says Sarah Grare, director of packaging innovation.