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.
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.
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 reason. Chevron 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.