Medicinal companies deal with perishable products that require special storage conditions, or else they turn out poisonous. So, packaging peculiarities for medicinal products serve so many functions other than just securing the contents. Remember, some products may even require sterilization before packaging, hence the call for special packaging conditions which are at par with medical standards, and also protects the integrity of the product accordingly.
Moreover, medicinal companies often ship their products to different parts of the world, in which they have to ensure that variations such as size, rigidity, dimension, sterility, and breathability are put into consideration.
Therefore, it shouldn’t catch you by surprise when you see medicinal companies using pharmaceutical collapsible aluminum tubes to pack ointments or even cream. Remember, pharmaceutical aluminum tubes are the best in as far as stable corrosion-free packaging is concerned. There are several structural considerations when it comes to medicinal product packaging. Some prolific packaging peculiarities for medicinal companies include but not limited to, the following:
Individual-wrap packages are ideal when it comes to single-use applications such as scalpels or syringes.
To some extent, individual wrappings may closely resemble blister packaging, only that the latter can only be incorporated as an add on. Some kinds of drugs that may also attract individual packagings include pills that can otherwise prove corrosive when packed together. Individual wrapping is also ideal for IV solutions, which are also one-time applications.
However, please note that individual wrapping does not extend to materials that aren’t certified for packaging medicinal products. For instance, you shouldn’t get a product from a chemist who is short of sterilization conditions, or void of aluminum film protection, or carton packaging.
Cartons and most specifically cartons that are manufactured from fiberboards are ideal when packaging products that are safe at room temperature and require a box-like enclosure. Cartons are common, and most over-the-counter pharmaceutical products will always come in carton packages. For instance, tablets that don’t come in blister packagings will always come in folding cartons. Drugs that will attract carton packaging also include the ones that can sit on mail transit for longer hours without perishing. Also, even after delivery, you may not need to observe special storage conditions other than just ensuring everything remains inside the carton box.
Pouches can be customized to meet a variety of needs, including special storage conditions such as refrigeration, sterilization, or water resistance. Other than special packaging, pouches can also be used to hold a range of oddly shaped applications or to carry drugs, especially when on field-work collectively.
Blister packaging is used when there is a need to prevent products from contaminating. For instance, some medicinal products may need to stay separately lest they react when into contact, something that can lead to contamination and consequently, ineffectiveness or even poisoning in unfortunate cases. Blister packaging involves the use of film materials, which enables removal of the contents of blister packs without them coming into contact with each other.
Film materials that can be used in blister packs may either be peelable layers or push-through lidding. Other than just that, blister packs are also ideal for protecting drugs against other external factors such as excess light, humidity, and even temperatures. Most film materials used are either aluminum or plastic-based.
Finally, there is a category of sensitive implants or surgical items that require special storage conditions such as refrigeration and constant sterilization. For instance, donated human organs are sensitive implants that will require multi-compartment tray storage before being transported to the recipient. Multi-compartment trays are designed to keep the organs alive until it is time to transplant them. Other medicinal products that may attract multi-compartment trays packaging include blood banks, electric surgical needles, blood plasma, and body fluids scheduled for extensive laboratory tests. Another packaging in this category is the water-soluble packaging, which dissolves in water, deeming it suitable for products whose end-functions need water solution.
Depending on what is transported, and the needs of storage conditions, medicinal companies will always have varying package peculiarities from one product to another. You can always check on the edge of the packaging to see special storage conditions, once the product is delivered to your doorstep.