Technology is undoubtedly the engine of growth for healthcare per se. As new findings make headlines every day, the increasingly tech-savvy management of healthcare and medical device companies are indulging in a larger and state-of-the-art research framework. It is this keen interest in rolling out a standalone product that makes companies instill healthy, yet cut-throat competition. This trend trickles down to offshoot markets of the healthcare industry, and one among them is medical film packaging market.
Packaging in healthcare is as pertinent as manufacturing the drug. In a way, manufacturing and packaging complement each other – quality manufacturing needs efficient packaging and vice versa. That said, stringent regulations on quality have taken care of this aspect, and since then the quality has taken a backseat. Today, in an era where technology has managed to cushion comfort in every aspect of consumer experience, the impetus has shifted to better user experience.
Having said that, let’s take a look at some trends where innovation has changed the face of consumer experience in medical packaging.
Polyolefin Replacing Glass for Packing Intravenous Fluids
About two decades ago, the sight of an in-patient would always have a thick glass bottle hanging a couple of feet above the head injecting a solution of saline and glucose, or either of it. Today, it is all the same, except that thick glass bottle. Over the years, both manufacturers and consumers (healthcare providers in this case) have realized that glass bottles for intravenous fluids are strenuous to handle. How?
They are difficult to transport because they are heavy and occupy more space. This increases the contingency of the supplier and end-user.
Glass is brittle and hence has the risk of breakage. What’s more worrying is that glass breaks glass, so the damage is catastrophic. To avoid this damage, drugs manufacturers have to add another layer of packaging.
This reason might sound cynical, but, the ability to recycle or reuse glass adds to the maintenance cost of the manufacturer. Since, the bottle carry medical fluids, they have to be extensively cleaned and sterilized before reusing them. The consequence of this could also be generation of hazardous medical waste.