Packaging industry represents a big part of manufacturing business. Numerous substances are applied in this area. But in case of medicines, these materials have to fulfil special requirements – this will provide the appropriate life-span of all active ingredients.
Plastics and glass which are used should not react with drugs’ ingredients.
These containers also secure from light, because ultraviolet light can have an impact on some light-sensitive elements encapsulated in the pills. That is the cause of the fact that some medicines are available in containers that are not completely transparent, but are produced of brown glass. The other thing, which should be avoided is humidity. The packaging must be watertight. This will forestall the permeation of the moisture from the outside inside the pills. The other significant issue is the mechanical precaution. Pills cannot become crushed or destroyed in transportation.
Not only plastics and glass
Blisters produced from thermoformed polymer are common in Europe – lots of pills and pellets are boxed up into them. In United States polymer bottles are more popular. But pharmaceutical packaging industry takes advantage of a broad variety of another materials. Blisters are often packed into paperboard boxes. In them, aside from medicines, a patient can find a package brochure, so huge quantity of paper is used here as well. Some gels and balms are packed into the metal tubes.
Advanced technologies are used for producing of these packagings. Manufacturers use a huge amount of materials. They follow Good Manufacturing Practices to ensure that the containers are fully safe and practical.