The Ten Secrets That You Should know About Pharma Packaging Industry

Packaging is something for which we all are concerned about. It gives the apparent outlook to something. But when it comes to pharma packaging, we become even more choosing. We not only focus on the shape, size and style of a pharma packaging, but also about the safety of pharma drugs as well. Similarly, keeping in mind all the market trends we also have to go through some other factors as well. Moreover, we are even more concerned about pharma packaging to avoid all the related complications that are run-of-the-mill in any pharmaceutical packing company.

Do you guys want to improve your pharma packaging? Are you interested in improving your marketing value by using pharma packaging as a marketing tool? If yes then this article is for you. The article is also for all those who are new in this field. So, stay tuned to raise your company’s standard by perfect pharma packaging.

Types of Packaging

Before moving toward the actual subject, you all must know about the usual type of packaging. Usually, there are three common types of packaging we use in the widespread packaging industry across the globe.

Primary packaging

It is the first packaging in which we enclose any product after its preparation. For example

  • Vials
  • Bottles
  • Blister packs
  • Sachets
  • Syringes
  • Ampoules

Secondary Packaging

It is a type of packaging in which we enclose specific quantities of products after primary packaging. These are mostly large boxes and containers.

Tertiary Packaging

It includes the bundles or pile of products in their secondary packaging. This type of packaging is for shipping purposes.

Pharmaceutical Products we have Pharma Packaging


Sr. # Product type  Product Nature 
Oral drugs Suspensions, solutions, emulsions for injection or infusion, powders for injection or infusion, gels for injection and implants
Parenteral formulations Solutions, suspensions, emulsions for injection or infusion, powders for injection or infusion, gels for injection and implants
Topical medicines Creams, foams, gels, lotions, and ointments
Modifiedrelease formulation Tablets (pills) and capsules
Noveldrug formulations Polymeric nanoparticles, nanocapsules, phytosomes, microsphere, transferosomes,  liposomes, nanoemulsions, and ethosomes
Oncological formulations Chemotherapy agents, immunotherapies, targeted therapies,  and hormone therapies


Why not Old Packaging?

Packaging does not only mean to cover something. We have specific motives behind packaging a product. Even a packaging material, it shapes, sizes- each and every thing plays a crucial role, especially when we take an account for a pharmaceutical product packaging.

Conveniently we use to pack tablets either in square or rectangular shaped blister packs or bottles only. Still we do the same but we modify our choices as per the product. We do several measures to increase or ensure the product quality. For example, we used to lubricate plunger in pre-filled syringes via silicone oil. But with time we made advancement in the lubrication method as this oil chemically reacts with a proteinaceous product inside the syringe. Therefore, we have replaced them with low silicone oil or oil free plungers now.

Some secrets about Pharma Packaging

In the pharmaceutical industry, we have some common concerns about products. Generally, we prefer pharma packaging that fully satisfies all the global aspects regarding a specific product.  Here we have given some packaging secrets about the pharma packaging industry that will benefit you in the flourishing of your company via marketing of your product.

Quality assurance that fulfill all the global standards

The main motive of any pharmaceutical industry is to ensure product’s quality. For which pharma packaging plays a very crucial role. If we do not choose the appropriate type of packaging for a product, it may happen that the quality of the product may be affected by it. A drug usually requires optimum conditions, otherwise different factors can destroy its chemical composition. These optimum conditions include: light exposure, temperature sensitivity, other chemical substances, water and much more. An appropriate pharma packaging prevents a variety of physical, chemical and microbial invasions.

Product safety and storing

It is somehow related to product quality. Actually primary packaging is more about maintaining and securing its quality. But secondary and tertiary packaging help in product safety while handling and transporting. Pharma packaging must be durable and strengthened. Hence, it could prevent damage and breakage of products.

Proper labelling for complete guideline

A product labelling provides important information about the product. This information is for doctors, nurses and others that will deal with pharma drugs later. It give them proper guideline about the following:

  • Product’s name
  • Chemical composition
  • Quantity
  • Date of manufacture
  • Date of expiry
  • Correct Dosage as per age
  • Drug specifications
  • Instructions for storage
  • Info about manufacturer
  • Awareness about contradictions
  • Serialization

Aware about medicinal precautions

Usually, we avoid massive detail on pharma packaging. We only add general details in their precise but easily understandable forms on a packaging. For product specific details, we give a printed paper with more information about the product in an organized way. At the same time, this page also includes detailed descriptions of points mentioned on packaging labels as well.

Product’s shelf life

Shelf life is the duration of a product in which we can use it easily. After this time, the product expires and can cause adverse effects on health rather than treating a health condition. The shelf life of pharmaceutical drugs depends a lot on its packaging material. A pharma packaging should be long lasting and hard-wearing so that it can increase the stability of active ingredients.

Averting Counterfeit pharma products

Pharmaceutical industries have grown a lot in the previous ten years. Different pharmaceutical companies manufacture the same products with different brand names. Some low standard companies use cheap marketing tactics and try to sell forged pharma products using the same packaging at low prices. Therefore, we use product serialization methods in pharma packaging.

  • Product serialization: According to this technique, we give a specific number to a product that confirms its authenticity.
  • Other methods: scannable codes, hologram stickers, UV prints, etc.

The Pharmaceutical packaging industry is widespread around the globe. Therefore, we can upgrade our pharma packaging to increase the product demand and its stability.

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