Oliver-Tolas Healthcare Packaging, a supplier of sterile-grade medical device and pharmaceutical packaging, reports that Lora Keena has been named an ASQ-Certified Manger of Quality/Organizational Excellence. Keena, who joined Oliver-Tolas in 2002, leads Oliver-Tolas’s Global Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs team and is responsible for Quality Systems worldwide.
DuPont Medical Packaging has announced plans to modernize the manufacturing technology behind its longest-standing and most-popular styles of Tyvek. The global manufacturer will transition the manufacturing of Tyvek 1073B and Tyvek 1059B to its latest flash-spinning technology and production lines at its Richmond, VA, and Luxembourg facilities. DuPont Tyvek 2FS and Tyvek Asuron are already produced with the new flash-spinning technology on one of the lines.
Flexible packaging and rigid container manufacturer Printpack Inc. has formed a new medical packaging division offering packaging products compatible with radiation, electron beam, and EtO sterilization for medical devices, hospital supplies, and lab ware. These include KwikBreathe Header Bags, Linear Tear Bags, KwikTear Bags, Center Strip Bags, and various forming films and top webs.
Medical device manufacturers are currently evaluating Eastman Tritan copolyester MP100 for a number of rigid medical packaging applications. Eastman’s main focus at its Medical Design & Manufacturing West 2011 press conference was its newest product in the Tritan copolymer family for renal devices. However, the company reported that packaging evaluations are underway on a number of fronts.
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.