Packaging industry comprises a huge part of production business. Numerous materials are used in that area. But when considering pharmaceutical products, these materials have to fulfil special requirements – this will provide the appropriate durability of all active ingredients.
Security above all
Polymers and glass which are applied ought to not react with drugs’ ingredients.
These containers also protect from radiation, because UV light can influence some light-sensitive elements encapsulated in the pills. That is why some drugs are available in bottles that are not fully transparent, but are made of brown glass. The next factor, which should be avoided is humidity. The packaging must be hermetic. This will forestall the penetration of the humidity from the atmosphere into the tablets. The other significant factor is the damage precaution. Tablets cannot become crumbled or damaged in transportation.
Not only plastics and glass
Blisters produced from thermoformed polymer are common in Europe – a lot of pills and capsules are boxed up into them. In United States plastic bottles are more common. But pharmaceutical packaging market takes advantage of a broad variety of other materials. Blisters are often put into paperboard boxes. In them, besides medicines, a sick person can find a package brochure, so huge amount of paper is applied here too. Some gels and balms are packed into the aluminium tubes.
Advanced techniques are applied for producing of these packagings. Manufacturers apply a huge amount of materials. They apply the Good Manufacturing Practices to ensure that the packagings will be fully safe and functional.