Packaging plays a huge role product protection, especially when it comes to pharmaceuticals and sterile medical devices, points out Jason Crosby, medical business manager for Plastic Ingenuity Inc. (PI: Cross Plains, WI). At the same time, “there is a huge buzz in the industry: everyone is looking for the right recipe for packaging sustainability,” he notes. For one PI customer, Help Remedies, a molded fiber clamshell provided that recipe, resulting in a 2010 AmeriStar Packaging award in the Pharmaceutical/Drug Category.
Baxter International received Carbon Reduction certification from the UK-based Carbon Trust for FLEXBUMIN [Albumin (Human)], which is the first and only albumin therapy in a flexible, plastic container, and the first and only medical product to receive this certification. Baxter has published a case study on the unique packaging detailing the change and its benefits.
"Sustainability has become an important issue for many pharmaceutical companies," says Gene Dul, President Schreiner MediPharm L.P. "Sustainable product design considers all the lifecycles of a product, from production to the use of the product and all the way to disposal or recycling. In general, it is crucial that all stakeholders are committed to sustainability, i.e. customers, employees, shareholders, business partners and suppliers as well as the social environment.
PMP News asked Gina Pugliese, RN, MS, vice president of Premier’s Safety Institute, a few questions pertaining to packaging sustainability.
Is reducing the amount of packaging waste when it comes to pharmaceutical and medical packaging important to hospitals? Why or why not?
By Patrick Nolan, President, DDL Inc.
Whole Foods Market reports that it has implemented new responsible packaging guidelines for all body care and supplement suppliers. As part of the change, the company has switched to post-consumer recycled (PCR) content bottles for several of its store-brand supplements and body care products.
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.
Neosporin brand has partnered with waste converter TerraCycle to recycle expired antibiotic tubes. On Earth Day, the two companies encouraged consumers to begin collecting these tubes and recycle them by joining one of TerraCycle’s 1000 Neosporin Tube Brigades. These groups collect used packages and send them to TerraCycle for converting into innovative products.
Hexacomb from Pregis Corp. has received the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody certification for those products produced at Pregis's Ermelo, Netherlands, production facility. The company is one of the first honeycomb producers to receive FSC certification (No. SCS-COC-003200), it reported in a press release.