Sterile Medical Packaging

Did You Read Our Most Popular Articles from 2011?

As we celebrate the end of 2011, we'd like to take time to point out the year's top articles on www.pmpnews.com. Following are the articles published this year that drew the most page views.

1. Comfort In Parenteral Delivery

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Custom Structures, Stock Quantities

Rollprint Packaging Products Inc. (www.rollprint.com) has announced a stock and sample material program offering many of its custom, high-performance rollstock products without long lead times and large minimum orders. The program grew out of an initial customer request for an all-polyester lidstock, which Rollprint developed and introduced as StreamOne two years ago.

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Encouraging Plastics Recycling in Hospitals and Beyond

The Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC) develops design guidelines for engineers that could drive recycling throughout the supply chain.

Design for Recycling” guidelines by the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC) are currently being reviewed by founding members DuPont, Becton, Dickinson and Company, Cardinal Health, Engineered Plastics, Hospira, Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly Clark, and Waste Management. Aiming to identify and overcome the disablers to recycling in the healthcare supply chain, the coalition decided that guidelines could encourage developers to build recyclability into both package and product design.

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Lora Keena of Oliver-Tolas Named an ASQ-Certified Manger of Quality/Organizational Excellence

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 Readies Tyvek for the Future

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.

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Printpack Invests in Medical Device Packaging

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.

Tritan Studies Underway

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.

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Award-Winning Formula: Reducing Materials while Keeping Desiccants in Place

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).

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Nurses Provide Feedback on Packaging Use

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.

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Technipaq Achieves ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 Certifications

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. 

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