Packaging To Be Significantly Improved By 2020
Medical products have developed
very well in the last few decades. With advances in the medical sector, medical
packaging will also change considerably by 2020.
Interactive Medical Packaging
Over the coming decade, medical
packaging will become more interactive which will require use of different
materials. In USA, the FDA is encouraging that each primary package produced
should carry an RFID tag with a unique code. In the future, it is projected that
such tags will activate packaging line operations such as labeling, provide data
for pedigree records, and help track and trace product through the supply chain
to prevent counterfeiting and diversion. Intelligent shelves and storage
cabinets will communicate with the tag permitting automated inventory tracking
in hospital and retail settings. RFID tags along with printed electronics,
nanotechnology and related nanomaterials will provide on-package tools to alert
customers/consumers if a product is out of date.
Medical Packaging with Braille
The European Union requires drug
packaging to carry tactile information about product name, dosage, and
expiration date to aid sight-impaired consumers (EU 2001/83/EC). It is expected
that this legislation will spread beyond the EU over the coming decade. While
embossing can provide this information, a glue dot dispensing system can apply
0.5 mm characters on any substrate.