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Back to Basics: Your Pouch Questions Answered

April 7, 2021

Learning the steps to successfully develop a sterile barrier packaging system can be challenging. From designing, meeting regulatory requirements, to passing testing and validation, there are many important stages and stakeholders. It is daunting and complex, and there is little room for error. Recently,  Associate Product Marketing Manager, Alyssa Flaschner and I presented a webinar on an overview of the sterile barrier packaging development process, focusing on a pouch configuration. We shared requirements, best practices, and real life experiences to cover the major hurdles a package must go through to get a device safely to market. Watch the full webinar here.  

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From Machine Operator to Head of Quality

March 30, 2021

I raise up my voice—not so I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard. We cannot succeed if half of us are held back.

- Malala Yousafzai, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize

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No Corners Cut: Vaccine Development

March 23, 2021

This week, multiple states in the USA announced an accelerated timeline for vaccine eligibility. Connecticut and Michigan are making all residents 16 and up eligible staring April 5th. President Biden has set the challenge out to every governor that every adult be eligible by May 1st with a broader goal to reopen the country around July 4th.

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Improved Labelling for Sterile Barrier Systems

March 15, 2021

One key function of medical packaging is to inform the end user about the packaged device and how to use it safelyMost of us know the iconic symbols found in medical packaging such as “sterile” or CE that effectively communicate to healthcare professionals about the device. Additionally, packaging design cues like chevron pouches and thumb notches help healthcare professionals to use proper opening techniques required for aseptic presentation. Things get more complicated with double or triple barrier packages when the validated sterile barrier is not clearly identifiable at the point-of-use. Thankfully, new sterile barrier symbols from the Sterile Barrier Association (SBA) will help to indicate just that! 

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Unwritten Rules of ISO 11607

March 9, 2021

Many industry veterans know that parts of ISO 11607 are up for interpretation. There are portions you shall (must) follow, and there are areas that are left up to you and your organization to determine how they relate to your products. This is our quick, expert guide to the areas of ISO 11607 that are more open to interpretation than others. 

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The Next Decade of Medical Packaging Belongs to China - Part 1

March 1, 2021

In this three-part series we will discuss China’s medical device market, how it was affected by the pandemic and how experts expect it will be redefined through its recovery

Part 1: Not Just the Low-End Stuff

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Wishes for the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Ox

February 22, 2021

Our team in China, along with many people around globejust celebrated the 2021 Spring Festival and entered the Lunar New Year, the Year of Ox. Ox is one of China’s Zodiac and in Chinese culture the ois a hard-working and docile animal. Isymbolizes diligence, dependability, strength, and determination. In Western culture, the ox symbolizes wealth and power, and Hinduism sees ox as representing good luck. 

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Packaging's Longest Design Rule That's Ready To Be Broken

February 15, 2021

What comes to mind if I ask you to think of a medical sterile barrier pouch? Whether you’re new to or experienced in healthcare packaging, I bet a chevron seal is the image that pops into your head. It is, after all, the go-to design across the industry, for good reasonChevron seals have provided healthcare personnel with better opening control and aseptic presentation into the sterile field. Still, a variety of alternative pouch seal designs and features are available in the market.

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Conversations in the Medical Device Industry

February 9, 2021

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” - Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was right. We must apply lessons learned to current industry action plans. 

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Packaging 101: ISO 11607

February 2, 2021

When you first enter the medical packaging industry, you’ll frequently hear about ISO 11607. But what does it mean, and why do you need to know about it? Here, we share the top six things you need to know about ISO 11607. 

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From Globalization to Regionalization: Optimizing Your Supply Chain

January 26, 2021

Around this same time last year, I wrote an article regarding the importance of supplier diversification. In that article, I talked about how important it was to focus on qualifying other suppliers as a way of diversifying your supply chain and reducing your risk. This year, the focus on regionalizing your healthcare supply chain has taken the front seat.

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The Healthcare Digital Revolution

January 19, 2021

In 1972, the Regenstreif Institute proudly rolled out the first electronic medical records (EMRs) to physician practices. The electronic forms touted the ability to centralize data, reduce or eliminate paper files, and access data from multiple computer stations. Even with the distinction of “first” and “only” labels, the response of the medical community was decidedly lackluster, thanks to high costs and many questions. Around 1982, PCs began to go mainstream and in 1993 the Internet was born. These advances reignited the possibility that centralized, electronic records could enhance administrative and patient care management, after all.

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ISO 11040-7: Packaging In-Process Pharma and Prefilled Syringe Tubs

January 13, 2021

For those in the medical device and healthcare packaging industries, whether you are just starting out or have been in the field for 30 years like me, we understand ISO 11607. We live and breathe it every day. Whether we are considering the device itself, the package design, making a material selection, or considering sterilization and transportation, ISO 11607 is our guide.

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Design for Manufacture: Saving billions for more than 40 years

January 4, 2021

The medical packaging industry is unique—it requires extreme attention to detail and the ability to think outside the norm when designing. Yet, because packaging engineers are well aware of the hurdles that must be cleared to reach the market, it is also easy to gloss over innovative opportunities and stick with what has worked in the past.

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Packaging: The (Secret) Weapon to Winning

December 17, 2020

The fight against COVID-19 hit a critical turning point last week with the approval of Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine trial for emergency use by the UK government. For a helpful summary of all the latest vaccine news, follow the New York Times’ Coronavirus Vaccine Tracker. Pfizer/BioNTech is hopefully the first of many vaccine treatments that will help to control and end the pandemic. Getting these vaccines to every part of the world is now the greatest packaging and distribution challenge of our lifetime. For fans of military history, packaging now plays the role of the Higgins Boat.

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Virtual Engineering Week Recap

December 14, 2020

2020 has been a year that has required us to pivot, adapt and constantly find ways to connect outside of traditional tradeshows and networking events. Earlier this month, Informa held their first ever Virtual Engineering Week, which ran from November 30th to December 4th. The week was full of exhibitors, keynote speeches, panel discussions, and live Q&A sessions.

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From “Approved” to “Available” – Innovations in Scaling Parenteral Drug ...

December 9, 2020

The road to market for new drugs and pharmaceutical products is long and complicated. Each stage of drug development is highly scrutinized by the FDA, enabling patient populations and providers to confidently rely on the product.

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Giving Thanks

November 24, 2020

Thanksgiving is a holiday of the heart, through the lens of gratitude. The year of COVID-19 has made that message shine brighter than any other year, if nothing else.

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Behind the Scenes of Our Nurses Speak Up Video Series

November 16, 2020

Recently, I had the pleasure of virtually interviewing five operating room scrub nurses. I interviewed them as a part of our new video series, PackTalk: Nurses Speak Up. The goal of these interviews was to get real, honest feedback from healthcare professionals who open medical packaging every day. And that is exactly what we got!

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MedTech Conference Hot Topics

November 9, 2020

AdvaMed’s conference takes on medtech’s need to actively increase diversity and inclusion and fight racism, now.

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MD&DI Interviews FDA Commissioner

November 3, 2020

How the FDA continues to generate the science and data of a pandemic, keep the public health on active duty, and serve innovation, in the year that upended the world.

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How to Assess a Failure Observed Post-Transit

October 29, 2020

Transit failures happen. In fact, one in three transit or distribution studies that come through our lab fail. Sometimes intentionally to test the limits of a package, other times it can be unexpected and bring a project to a halt. When we know what caused the failure, we can make the correct recommendation for the packaging so the client can continue launching their device to market.

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Package Design for Seniors

October 20, 2020

Designing medical packaging for seniors can be challenging. It requires looking at the packaging through both the needs of the senior, and a child too. Some of the considerations we might make when designing for seniors are counterintuitive to what we might utilize in child resistant packaging. If the medication is only for use by seniors and is not a toxic substance, designing for child resistance is not as critical, making the packaging is a lot easier to design—but this is almost never the case.

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The Role of Robotics in Packaging Automation

October 14, 2020

The medical packaging industry goes all-in on the role of robotics in retooling how we design, produce, and distribute products.

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Can Packaging Postponement Find Its Way into the Medical Device Market?

October 7, 2020

As we all adjust to the "new normal" brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, many medical device companies are doing the same. The downturn in elective medical and surgical procedures has upended our businesses. This begs several questions.

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What Medical Packaging and Airline Travel Have in Common

September 30, 2020

Before COVID-19 put most airline travel on hold, I traveled quite a bit for my job. I enjoy visiting our customers, attending trade shows and industry conferences, and giving educational seminars in person. When I sit on a commercial aircraft, climbing to altitude and experiencing the physical aspects of pressure changes, I sometimes think about the impact that pressure differentials can have on sterile barrier systems (SBS).

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Oliver Healthcare Packaging Celebrates Expanded Manufacturing Facility in ...

September 29, 2020

Trevose, Pennsylvania, USA – Tuesday, September 29, 2020 – Last week, Oliver Healthcare Packaging Company celebrated the grand opening of an expanded manufacturing facility in Feasterville, Pennsylvania.

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State of the Industry: An Update from Our CEO

September 24, 2020

Around the world, we have all felt the impact of COVID-19. In the United States, where Oliver is headquartered, we started to really notice the effect in late February / early March. Almost every major industry has been impacted by the pandemic, and healthcare has felt a profound shift. Healthcare workers around the world have been fighting COVID-19 heroically from the frontline. Major pharmaceutical companies are working hard to develop a vaccine that will stop the spread. And companies like Oliver are working to keep the medical supply chain stocked and ready to support the industry.

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4 Things I Learned from Not Being Able to Attend Trade Shows

September 16, 2020

It’s no secret that trade shows are a staple in the medical device and packaging industry. They are a place where everyone comes together to learn about the newest technologies, innovations and best practices, and network with friends and colleagues. Typically, our global teams attend nearly 20 trade shows throughout the year. This year, as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve attended three. A drastic change for our team, business, and industry.

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Confessions of a Packaging Leader: David Hardin

September 8, 2020

I started my career with Richards Medical in Memphis, Tennessee, working in a product design role that later evolved into packaging engineering. At the time, I had no experience in packaging, and was therefore learning on the job. My degree was in operations management from the University of Memphis, but when the opportunity presented itself in packaging engineering, I quickly said “yes”. As the company grew and evolved, so did my role. I had the opportunity to manage an engineering team very early in my career. Even then, I knew I wanted to lead people; the opportunity to build and create something new together has always been exciting to me.

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Oliver Healthcare Packaging acquires Kansas City Design, forms new premium ...

August 25, 2020

Trevose, Pennsylvania, USA – August 25, 2020 – Oliver Design LLC, a new business unit of Oliver Healthcare Packaging Company, a leading provider of global healthcare packaging, today announced the acquisition of Kansas City Design (KCD). KCD is a premier product and packaging design firm, having served customers in the life sciences industry since 2004 from their design center in Lambertville, New Jersey. KCD has deep expertise in the design and development of complex packaging systems for pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical therapies. Some of these therapies include cold form foil, blister packaging, prefilled syringes, autoinjectors, transdermal and microneedle patches, wearable devices, and other biomedical therapeutic applications.

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Where Device and Drug Makers Come Together

August 21, 2020

As industry innovators seek to master the growing injectables market, partnering across disciplines helps overcome regulatory and practical challenges.

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Sterile Barrier Packaging: The Impact of Sterilization Modalities

August 19, 2020

Sterilization is a defining factor when it comes to healthcare products—it’s an essential step in the commercialization process for most single-use medical devices. The cleanliness of a hospital environment is crucial, and sterilization and correlating sterile barrier systems are key factors in ensuring your medical device remains free from contamination until the point of use.

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Out with the old? Changes to EO sterilization may help meet new challenges.

August 12, 2020

Ethylene oxide (EO) sterilization has remained largely unchanged for decades, but recent changes have shaken up the industry. Concerns with the carcinogenic nature of EO and the alleged levels of emissions from sterilization facilities led to subsequent closures of some contract sterilization facilities. EO is a highly effective sterilant with many advantages, but it is also toxic and classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a known carcinogen.

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Embracing the Human Factor

August 7, 2020

An expert translates surgical nurses’ device packaging wish lists into roadmaps that help engineers make those wishes come true.

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How A Film-to-Film Packaging Design Can Impact the Results of Distribution ...

August 5, 2020

You decide on your medical device packaging and are ready to launch to market, but you discover you have forgotten a key part of getting your device launch – packaging validation. Depending on your timeline, this could be a major roadblock for your product launch. Validation is a necessary step required by the FDA and the only option is to comply and get the ball rolling as fast as possible.

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FDA Pilots Programs to Enhance Traceability

July 30, 2020

What is happening with FDA Title II Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA)?

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Heat Sealing Advances Heat Up

July 28, 2020

"The benefit of machine-intelligence technology is risk mitigation." - Kent Hevenor

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Do It Yourself Healthcare

July 22, 2020

Chances are that you know someone who lives with a chronic condition that requires ongoing, regular treatment. Often, that treatment includes injections. More than ever, patients and families are finding themselves being transitioned from office visits to self-administration of injections at home.

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Where COVID-19 and Innovation Collide

July 15, 2020

It’s no shock that COVID-19 has changed (and will forever change) our lives, including the way we do business. Everyone, across every industry, has been challenged to get creative and innovate. Restaurants have created digital menus and mobile applications for online only orders. Fitness centers are providing tools for in-home exercise. Even taking your dog to the vet looks different now.

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The Ventilator Project

July 13, 2020

Tyler Mantel, robotics entrepreneur, creates nonprofit organization to develop new ventilator during COVID-19 pandemic.

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“They”

July 7, 2020

“They.”

An entity all its own:

“Why did THEY make it this way?”

“What were THEY thinking?”

How many times have I uttered those or similar phrases about “they” in my career?

Who are “they” anyway?

In my case, my “they” has often been the people who wrote the ISO 11607 or ASTM standards that we use to test our packages.

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New Nylon Opens Door for Companies Looking to Upgrade Packaging

June 30, 2020

To our readers … you know by now that we never push our product through PackTalk. In this blog, we aim to educate & inspire, and ultimately start a discussion. But we’re breaking our own rule for this article.  The healthcare industry is conservative (rightfully so—in healthcare, lives are impacted). But with that said, we get excited when we see innovation in the industry, whether it comes from Oliver or someone else.

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Analysts Report Positive Signs for Elective Procedure Volume Recovery

June 16, 2020

During the peak of COVID-19, a majority of non-emergency or elective medical procedures were put on hold. The lack of procedures had a significant impact on the medical device industry and it’s still questionable when we’ll see procedure volume return to normal.

Canaccord Genuity analyst, Kyle Rose, recently completed a survey of 51 orthopedic practices. The survey provided some interesting insights as hospitals begin to resume elective procedures. The survey measured the rates of patient volumes at orthopedic practices since the pandemic and the derivative impacts on orthopedic device makers. 

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Healthcare Agility in the Time of COVID-19

June 11, 2020

The healthcare world has faced a massive shift in recent months to focus on fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. The medical system has suffered unprecedented strain, and there has been global coordination in ways we have never before seen. Hospitals have transformed, healthcare workers have been thrown into unfamiliar work, and companies have created new supply chains, seemingly overnight. COVID-19 has been at the forefront of everyone's mind every day. Although these stressors have tested the limits of the medical system’s capacity to take care of patients, ingenuity and adaptability have prevailed in the wake of this crisis. As they navigate the changing landscape, people have been forced to approach problems and leverage resources in promising new ways for our future, post-pandemic world.

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Saluting Nurses Everywhere—Thank You

June 8, 2020

Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of a nurse looks like? Behind the Mask, a short video by Carolyn Jones, premiered at the 2020 Virtual AORN Global Surgical Conference and Expo. The video gives us a glimpse into what motivates and drives nurses to show up each day for the patient. The twelve-minute documentary walks us through a patient story of a liver transplant and reveals the compassion, processes, care, technical aptitude, and teamwork required to get through one procedure.

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Eli Lilly Starts Human Study of Potential COVID-19 Antibody Test

June 4, 2020

Companies and research institutions around the world are racing to find a viable treatment for COVID-19, which has already caused ~370,000 deaths worldwide and continues to rise. Eli Lilly recently announced their progress, and are moving into the human study portion of their antibody treatment. They have developed this treatment from a blood sample that was taken from one of the first patients in the United States to have recovered from the lung illness caused by COVID-19. 

Eli Lilly is anticipating results to their study by end of June. Read more about the treatment here.

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A Day in the Life of a Packaging Engineer, and the Impact of COVID-19

June 3, 2020

When starting out my career, the biggest attraction, for me, to medical device packaging was the impact it has on the patient. Five years later and as a Senior Packaging Engineer with Alphatec Spine, it’s still what keeps me passionate about the job and it’s always top of mind.

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COVID-19 Testing Supply and Capacity May Be Key to Reopening the Economy

May 29, 2020

Since the first confirmed COVID-19 case reported in the United States in late January, the nation has seen more than 1.6 million confirmed cases and approximately 96 thousand deaths. This number has risen higher than anticipated while states have been staying under lock-down orders for months. As state and federal governments plan for reopening the economy, promising vaccine candidates are moving into their second clinical trials. This timing pushes the hopeful availability of vaccine for mass production to later this year or next year. With uncertainty around a vaccine, testing capacity may become the next key strategy to ease social distancing and reopen the parts of the country that are still under lock-down.

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Global Medical Device Regulations & Harmonization Efforts of Sterile Medical ...

May 26, 2020

We are going through a global health crisis which is unprecedented in our lifetime. This is a global pandemic which requires an international response. As such, it becomes even more important to understand global harmonization of best practices in the healthcare industry. 

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The FDA Authorizes First COVID-19 Saliva-Based Test for Home

May 20, 2020

With COVID-19 test kits in high demand, the FDA has been authorizing new at-home sample collections to help make tests more accessible.

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What Mass Testing Means for the Packaging World

May 18, 2020

As the world fights the COVID-19 pandemic, the tone in America has shifted since the initial battle cry to “flatten the curve.” The lockdown of schools and non-essential business has passed the 10-week mark and caused a counter-reaction to re-open businesses, states, and the overall economy.

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COVID-19 and the Road to Recovery

May 6, 2020

As COVID-19 continues to impact the world and remains a force against US MedTech firms, hold on. The pent-up demand for halted medical procedures is expected to be urgent. Yes, it remains complicated, but the medical device industry could face shortages as recovery begins.

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Oliver Healthcare Packaging Clinches Packaging Design of the Year Award

May 4, 2020

Its pioneering Dispos-a-vent® Barrier Pouch improves sterility and lowers costs for medical device manufacturers.

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The Quest for Sustainability

April 30, 2020

I don’t eat meat every day of the week, but when I do buy meat, I check to see where it originated. When it is local in origin, I am more likely to buy it. I avoid going to the greengrocer for produce during January. If I find salsify, I won’t buy it outside of salsify season. I spend more money on my jeans than I used to, as I now buy a local brand. My point in sharing my shopping habits is simple: I try to think before I buy, and I try to be conscious about what effect my purchase has on the environment, when it is possible.

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ISO 11607 & EU MDR: Getting Clarity on Risk Management

April 29, 2020

A year after the publication of ISO 11607-1/2 revisions, seeking further harmony with 2020’s EU MDR, new changes are in the works.

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5 Pharmaceutical Trends & Their Impact on Packaging

April 20, 2020

While a virus demands attention now, chronic diseases and changes in how medicine is delivered will remain for years to come. It’s our job to attend to both.

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Clinical Trials in Europe Show Promise for Treatment of COVID-19

April 17, 2020

Roche Phase III Covid-19 clinical trial is under way, as United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson continues his recovery from the novel coronavirus.

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Innovation & Sustainability in a Challenging Environment

April 15, 2020

The healthcare packaging industry knows that recycling and reuse can be tricky to synergize with sterility and human medicine and that’s okay. We are always up for a good challenge.

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Oliver & COVID-19: An Employee Perspective

April 8, 2020

Anxious. Disconnected. Overwhelmed. Grateful. Inspired. Resilient.  

Like many of you, I am feeling all of these. Often within a few minutes of each other, and even at the same time. I am a full-time Oliver employee, working remotely right now, with two young children at home, a first grader and a fourth grader. They each have a distance learning plan at school, utilizing different technology. I am a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend, and a colleague. Navigating our new normal during COVID-19 has been challenging, and there have been many moments of laughter and tears. Some days are easier than othersI am accepting that and giving myself grace (I hope you are, too). 

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Will the Coronavirus Halt Initiatives for Sustainable Packaging?

April 3, 2020

With people on high alert due to potential virus-spreading and cities all over the world implementing and/or rewarding the use of reusable packaging; will the trend toward sustainable packaging subside? This is an unprecedented time. While countries are doing all they can to minimize the spread, there is no doubt that our collective cultures will be changed by the impact of this pandemic.

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The War Against Novel Coronavirus

April 1, 2020

As 265 million Americans across 32 states live under stay-at-home orders, the US economic outlook also darkens in the wake of climbing COVID-19 cases and deaths. While Congress implements an unprecedented stimulus package to ease wage and business losses, both the private sector and government agencies at different levels face yet another Corona-era challenge: supply chain disruptions in vital sectors such as health care manufacturing. Armed with the Defense Production Act, the Trump administration aims to speed up production of items desperately needed by hospitals everywhere. But will this step succeed in addressing shortages in our interconnected, globalized manufacturing world?

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Packaging’s Part in Drive-Thru Testing

March 31, 2020

Among the hundreds of articles displaying COVID-19 headlines, you have probably noticed the high emphasis and discussion around testing for the virus. From every angle, significant funds are being invested in this critical effort. In addition to quarantining, social distancing, and working from home, testing availability plays a significant role in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Packaging, as it relates to testing, is equally vital by helping ensure product quality and performance, since the resulting data is the information on which policymakers and healthcare providers will go forward and treat.

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Pulling Together To Fight COVID-19

March 23, 2020

Thermo Fisher Scientific, Mayo Clinic, and Roche Get FDA Approval to Help in Fight Against COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Update

March 19, 2020

To Our Valued Customers:

First, let me begin by saying this: I hope you and your families, friends, and colleagues are safe and healthy during this challenging time. I recognize that many in the healthcare community are fighting COVID-19 from the front lines, and we appreciate everything that is being done to protect the health and well-being of people everywhere.

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Seal Strength Testing: Is 1 lb. Still the Go-To Metric? ASTM WK57656 Update

March 13, 2020

A few years ago, I started a journey on behalf of packaging professionals everywhere—to validate or debunk the 1 lb. standard for seal strength testing. For as long as I can remember, it has been a popular topic of conversation and debate in every gathering or get-together with veteran and beginning packaging engineers alike. We discuss where the 1 lb. standard came from, why 1 lb. became the go-to metric, and if 1 lb. is right for every package out there.

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Looking Ahead: The Future is Flexible

February 28, 2020

Recently, China decided to ban imports of foreign recyclable material. At the same time, the EU is waging its own war against plastic waste.  As a result of these major initiatives, manufacturers from all industries have started to feel the pressure to create more sustainable solutions. Among suppliers of plastics, the packaging industry is on the frontline to introduce innovations and smarter design alternatives that reduce plastic output. The EU has set a goal to make all packaging reusable or recyclable by 2030 (Boffey, 2018). It is noteworthy to mention that the recycling of any plastic is challenging and requires a good infrastructure. As the EU is pushing for a “circular economy” and China investing in more plastic recycling infrastructure, all global partners should be laying their own groundwork for sustainable plastics practices.

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Oliver Healthcare Packaging Strengthens Presence in Southeast Asia to Support ...

February 26, 2020

Trevose, Pennsylvania (USA) and Singapore – 26 February 2020 – Oliver Healthcare Packaging, a global leader in medical packaging, is proud to announce an expanded presence in Southeast Asia. With a larger team and a brand-new office & technical development center in Singapore’s Cintech 1 Science Park, Oliver is well positioned to support customers in the medical device, drug delivery, and diagnostics industries throughout Asia Pacific.

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Seal It with Quality

February 20, 2020

One day, I was talking with a colleague about the challenges in sealing. She works in application development, so she hears a lot about the different challenges medical device manufacturers are facing with packaging and sealing – from no-brainers to rocket-scientist-level conundrums. In many cases though, it turns out that an earlier focus on sealing process development, and package design in general, would have certainly helped.

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The Importance of Supplier Diversification

February 13, 2020

Innovations in medical device technology, materials and manufacturing capabilities continue to affect how we, as suppliers, work with our MDMs. Ever-tightening and deepening regulatory requirements and global markets also affect how MDMs must produce their packaged medical devices. Amid those opportunities and constraints, those in procurement must coordinate all the details involved across the entire span of the global supply chain. A dynamic environment, to say the least.

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Finding Clarity with Vision Systems

February 6, 2020

Are you using machine vision systems in your medical device or pharmaceutical inspection processes? The prospect of automated, consistent quality inspections is thrilling to every medical and pharmaceutical producer. Yet, if the concept is so great, why isn’t every health care manufacturer already on board?

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Treating Disease at the Speed of Life?

January 31, 2020

“It’s very much a change. In areas of high unmet need, FDA seems to be committed to getting medicines to these people as fast as possible.”

–Alethia Young, biotechnology analyst, Cantor Fitzgerald

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160 Years of EtO

January 20, 2020

Industry talk continues about a future with less or no EtO sterilization. It is a sea change, even though the controversy first appeared decades ago. It is a far cry from the buzz of a 1928 discovery that the gaseous compound was an effective insecticide. EtO quickly earned a prominent role in fumigating hospital rooms and treating WW II troop rations. These successes, no doubt, fueled the expansion of EtO use to the supply side of the medical field, sterilizing instruments.

 

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Get Smart! Pairing Technology with Health Condition Monitoring

January 16, 2020

It is common to see headlines that cite the aging population for one reason or another. It is almost as common to see news of medical or pharmaceutical breakthroughs offering new hope of improving quality of life or even extending life span altogether.

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When Innovation & Convenience Come Together: Prescription Delivery by Drone

January 8, 2020

I’ve never had such an appreciation for time, and how I spend it, as I do now as a working parent. There are so many things I try to squeeze into the few hours a day I get to spend with my son before his bedtime, and the last thing I want to do is spend that free time running errands (not to mention how much more difficult it is to run errands with an infant). I’ve found myself trying to simplify in as many ways as possible, avoiding the quick stops I would have made before.

 

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Blow-fill-seal Technology Innovates Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

December 17, 2019

As Blow-Fill-Seal (BFS) manufacturing technology grows in popularity, pharmaceutical and biologics companies are forced to consider new challenges around cleanliness.

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Is One-off Packaging Our Future?

December 10, 2019

Emerging standards of care increasingly focus on personalized treatment, even to the level of a single patient at a time. Genetic traits and other uniquely individual factors are becoming the foundation for disease management. These advancements present new challenges and layers of complexity to formulation, packaging, labeling, distribution channels and patient safety for drugmakers—and the packaging of those drugs.

Have we also mentioned the growing push for sustainable packaging practices?

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4 (and a half) Packaging Trends from Compamed 2019

December 5, 2019

Last week, I joined Oliver’s European team in Dusseldorf for Compamed 2019. The show is one of our largest of the year and is a subset of a greater exhibition called Medica. For me, a show this big is almost TOO big. But with that said, it was still interesting to walk the 17(!) different halls to decipher the latest trends in healthcare. Between the 25,000 steps walked, here were 4 trends that stood out to me:

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Appropriate Sterile Barrier Systems

November 29, 2019

Oliver Healthcare has achieved several milestones in sectors of Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals and a credible position. We would like you to share some views and ideas about your company, plans, future and your outlook on the industry.

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Tis the Season for Sustainability

November 27, 2019

It's hard to believe the term "sustainability" has been on the modern radar for more than 30 years. What did we know in 1987? Not as much as we know now, that's for sure. It's inspiring to be part of the growing awareness—and more importantly, taking actions—that help us move the needle toward the "green." Around the world, across industries and one person at a time, it's encouraging to see that we are all in this together.

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Design Thinking in the OR? Scrub in!

November 20, 2019

I began my career in IT, found my way to marketing, but since birth have been raised as the son of an engineer. Any engineer’s house is full of projects and the Pepe’s were no exception. The TV split open on the dining room table, the washing machine pulled apart to fix that darn wobble … and don’t even go near the garage.

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Med Tech Regulatory Bosses Around the World

November 14, 2019

There is no dispute about why the med-tech industry is highly regulated. No matter how robust the sterilization or disinfection process, if the packaging and seal closures of a medical pouch are compromised, there is a significant risk of product contamination during shipping and storage that could pose a danger to the end-user. Moreover, we all know that “end-user” ultimately means you, me or someone we love. 

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Sterilization and the FDA Innovation Challenge

November 7, 2019

By now, we are all familiar with the recent discussion around sterilization in the medical device industry. Ethylene oxide or EtO is the most popular sterilization modality in the industry accounting for approximately half of the market. EtO is a colorless gas, and long-term exposure can pose serious health risks. Some US communities located in and around EtO sterilization facilities have become increasingly concerned, ultimately forcing the FDA to take action. 

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Are You Ready For MDR?

October 18, 2019

If you are a medical device manufacturer (MDM) or work in a support industry to the global medical device market, you are probably familiar with the date May 15, 2020. It is then that the three-year transition to the Medical Device Regulations (MDR) governing document (adopted by European Parliament in 2017), comes to a close. Every MDM that markets products in the EU is impacted by the MDR.

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How to Beat the Odds: Avoid Packaging Pinholes

October 18, 2019

Packaging engineers are familiar with this common packaging failure: the dreaded pinhole. Having been through it myself as a medical device packaging engineer—and helping customers design and analyze their packaging as the Technical Director at Oliver Healthcare Packaging—I’ve learned how to reduce or avoid pinholes altogether. When packaging failures are discovered in the eleventh hour of a product launch, there can be a significant impact to the overall cost and speed of the project.

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A Welcome Message

October 18, 2019

As Oliver expands our services across the global healthcare packaging market, we are upgrading our digital presence to facilitate information sharing and better connections with the packaging community. For longtime industry colleagues and new acquaintances alike, it is my pleasure to say hello through this inaugural blog post. We look forward to creating an involved, interactive community of healthcare packaging professionals.

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World Pharma Today – New Independent Study Proves Coated Lidding Significantly ...

October 18, 2019

Coating technologies reduce particulate generation by up to 96% in pharmaceutical manufacturing.

As the demand for prefilled and prefillable syringe applications grow, one consideration for many pharmaceutical manufacturers is particulate; in particular, how particulate can be reduced in the manufacturing process.

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MD+DI – 3 Medical Device Packaging Tips for a Successful Outcome

May 3, 2019

Medical device packaging is an important part of delivering your device to market safely and securely, yet there is no doubt that navigating the process can be a bit confusing and complex for device manufacturers. With decades of experience in assisting device manufacturers with their packaging design solutions, we offer the following three tips for a successful packaging design as a way of avoiding costly and time-consuming mistakes.

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Oliver Healthcare Packaging Acquires CleanCut Technologies

January 29, 2019

TREVOSE, Pennsylvania and ANAHEIM, California (January 29, 2019) – Oliver Healthcare Packaging, a leading supplier of sterile barrier flexible packaging to the global healthcare market, today announced the acquisition of CleanCut Technologies, a medical packaging provider based in Anaheim, California.

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Oliver Healthcare Packaging Strengthens Presence in Asia To Support Growing ...

August 7, 2018

Grand Rapids, Michigan (USA) and Singapore – 7 August, 2018 – Oliver™ Healthcare Packaging, a leading provider of sterile barrier flexible packaging for the global healthcare industry, recently announced the opening of a new office in Singapore to support their growing customer base in the Asia Pacific market. 

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Packaging Digest – Why it Pays for Packaging Suppliers to be Local

May 29, 2018

Businesses of any kind find that, when doing business in China and other global locations, it helps to have facilities on the ground. Packaging is no exception.

Oliver Healthcare Packaging, based in Grand Rapids, Mich., provides sterile barrier flexible material and other packaging for pharmaceuticals, medical devices and related items. It recently opened a 68,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Suzhou, China, about 38 miles east of Shanghai.

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Oliver Healthcare Packaging Expands Global Footprint to Strengthen Local ...

April 10, 2018

Grand Rapids, Michigan and Suzhou, P.R. China - OliverHealthcare Packaging, a leading provider of sterile barrier flexible packaging for the global healthcare industry, today announced the opening of a new 68,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Suzhou, P.R. China. 

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Oliver Announces Shared Company Name

January 25, 2017

Oliver-Tolas®Healthcare Packaging and Mangar Medical Packaging joined forces in May of last year and announce today that they will do business as Oliver. The new name and brand identity preserve the company’s legacy while reflecting its commitment to delivering the highest standards of Quality and Service for innovative healthcare packaging solutions.

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Mangar Medical Packaging Joins Oliver-Tolas

May 10, 2016

New Britain, Pennsylvania, USA – May 10, 2016 – Mangar Medical Packaging has been acquired by Oliver-Tolas® Healthcare Packaging parent company, Oliver Products, effective May 10, 2016.

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