CRITICALITY OF PACKAGING FOR PHARMACEUTICAL DRUGS
The drug’s safety can be ensured by using the good packaging material such as glass, metals plastics according to the drug, which can be ensured when the packaging undergoes the testing such as vibration testing, moisture testing and many more. Improper packaging can lead to Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI), according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in North Carolina 5.0% of all admissions in hospitals acquires HAIs during their stay in hospital causing 99,000 deaths each year costing around USD 124.0 million - USD 348.0 million each year. In 2015 1 out of 31 hospital patients has at least one healthcare-associated infection. There were an estimated 687,000 HAIs in U.S. acute care hospitals in 2015. About 72,000 hospital patients with HAIs died during their hospitalizations and around 3% of hospitalized patients had one or more HAI in the 2015 survey.
The pharmaceutical packaging industry is constantly seeing innovations such as blow fill seal (BFS) to capsules being formulated by titanium dioxide. New pharmaceutical products such as new biological drug formulations, prefilled syringe requires new and Ecoslide-RX s. Ecoslide-RX s is a sustainable compliance packaging from 100% recycled material, using unbleached paperboard and a clay-coated surface designed to house blister packaging with a minimum of unsustainable film and foil. Syreen prefilled syringe is made of cyclic olefin polymer (COP) Instead of glass, Overall packaging leads to reduction in weight and volume. Hence, technological advancements such as permeability testing using chromatography in the field of pharmaceutical packaging results in the growth of the pharmaceutical packaging testing equipment market as new packaging innovations such as glass, metals, automation in packaging required to be tested in order to ensure whether the safety standards are met or not.
There are certain healthcare associated infections which can act as a threat to patient safety. Improper packaging can also lead to Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI), according to ECDC (European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control), in 2014, 8.0% of total patients admitted in Intensive Care unit (ICU) are presented with one of the ICU-acquired healthcare associated infection.
The criticality of the pharmaceutical packaging resulted in the mandatory guidelines by the government for packaging testing, leading to the growth of the pharmaceutical packaging testing equipment market.
SHORTAGE OF SKILLED PROFESSIONALS:
Pharmaceutical packaging testing equipment is very advanced and complex instruments used in pharmaceutical industry, which demands for an expert and skilled professional who can work on the instrument effectively. The proper usage of testing equipment requires expertise with relevant experience and knowledge of pharmaceutical packaging testing. Moreover, the selection of the tests and equipment plays a crucial role. Risks such as contamination of the drug, exposure to the external forces (such as moisture, gases) associated with pharmaceutical packaging equipment are too high. The lack of knowledge regarding the right choice of technique incurs several direct and indirect expenses. There is a need for highly skilled personnel for method development, and validation.
AUTOMATION IN PHARMACEUTICAL PACKAGING TESTING EQUIPMENT:
A fully automated system can be used as material testing machine and robot handling system ensures reliability, cost effective testing of pharmaceutical packaging. The robots that are used in the pharmaceutical packaging testing industry to perform test associated with research, discovery and development.
The application of packaging robots in the packaging industry ranges from moving fluids between wells in a plate, preparing DNA samples to picking up test tubes and loading them to the nuclear magnetic resonance imaging magnet. With the constant evolution in the technology, there would be advancement in the robotic technology which will fuel the growth of packaging testing equipment industry.
GROWING PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY:
The pharmaceutical drug packaging testing equipment market is depends upon the growth of the pharmaceutical drugs market. In accordance with this trend, the remote and virtual healthcare industries are anticipated to benefit from this growth. The pharmaceutical device industry in the developed geographies is also undergoing strategic change as the industry is shifting more towards the prevention of the disease
The above statistics clearly states that the growth of pharmaceutical drugs packaging testing equipment market directly depends upon the demand in pharmaceutical drugs since the packaging of drug testing is done mainly for the pharmaceutical drugs.
With the growing pharmaceutical packaging industry, the complexity and issues related to the packaging testing is also growing. Many a times there arises testing issues when there is an inappropriate test conducted or no test conducted.
Companies using in-house systems need to stay up to date with the latest regulatory changes and innovative technologies from the packaging and labelling sector. Some of the companies perform tests for other attributes such as texture analysis, visual inspection to save time and money. Excess testing also increases the cost to company and is wastage of time and resources of the manufacturers. Hence, testing issues act as a challenge for the pharmaceutical packaging testing equipment market.
The global pharmaceutical packaging testing equipment market is segmented into two notable segments which are type and end-user.
Some of the major players operating in this market are LABTHINK, UNION PARK CAPITAL, WEST PHARMACEUTICAL SERVICES INC., Qualitest International Inc., AMETEK Sensors, Test & Calibration (STC), TEN-E, PTI Packaging Technologies and Inspection, AMRI, Westpak Inc., Eurofins Scientific, Intertek Group plc, Cryopak, SGS, TASI Group, Edwards Analytical, NSF International, Nelson Laboratories, LLC and others.
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