While efficacy and safety remain the main focus when it comes to healthcare packaging, sustainability has also become as important for healthcare providers and patients. In this article, we will be discussing how innovations relating to pharmaceutical laminates which were once used traditionally for stick packs, strip packs, and sachet formats are assisting with answering a few challenges linked to sustainability when it comes to pharmaceutical packaging.
We spoke with Daniel Roiz, the Director of Amcor’s Healthcare Marketing to discover more on the current additions to the portfolio of High Shield Pharma Laminates.
Question One: What are the current challenges that pharmaceutical companies are facing that require strip packs, stick packs, and sachet formats?
Answer: The main challenge is associated with protecting the medication against contamination and ensuring the best shelf life. Traditionally, stick packs and sachets were used for products that are orally administered, presented in either gel, powder, or liquid form. In every case, protecting these medications from loss of or excess humidity is vital to maintain the efficacy of the drug for as long as possible and to retain the shelf-life.
Today, the standardised solution to these challenges is using multi-material laminate that contains a mixture of plastic, aluminum, and in most cases using paper, for the exterior of the product. This multi-material nature has meant that these products cannot be recycled. The increasing demand for solutions that are more sustainable has meant that we have had to rethink the ways we are packaging consumer oral prescription drugs and health products.
Question Two: What has your journey looked like to an increased sustainable portfolio for “High Shield Pharma Laminates”?
Answer: In most cases, our journey begins by first defining a solution that is sustainable for both our customers and us. What does the product need and how …