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1 Simple Question that Will Drive Your IVD Packaging

May 11, 2021

The In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) industry is fascinating, and as precision medicine is prioritized more heavily around the world, it is important that we understand the industry from even the most basic level. When I was talking with a colleague recently about packaging for the IVD industry, it became clear just how diverse the landscape is, and how quickly it is evolving. For example, specialized DNA testing, a wearable glucose monitor, and a simple urine test are all considered diagnostics. To put it simply, anything that is used to provide a diagnosis belongs in this category. Additionally, as I’m sure you can imagine, the setting for package opening and use are quite different too, depending on the IVD. For example, a diagnostic might be used in a regulated setting like a healthcare facility, hospital, or a laboratory. Some diagnostics though, like allergy testing kits, are used in personal homes.

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7 Crucial Questions to Ask About Your Packaging

April 19, 2021

Your project team has come to the critical stage where you need to consider how you will package, sterilize, and ship your product. How do you ensure your medical device arrives safely at the various medical facilities, hospitals, and clinics? With so many packaging options, how do you find the perfect sterile barrier system for your product? In my role at Oliver Healthcare Packaging, I am often the first person a new customer works with. Here is how I get them started.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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