Packaging industry comprises a big part of production industry. Numerous materials are applied in this area. But in case of drugs, these materials must comply special demands – this will guarantee the proper stability of all active substances.
Plastics and glass which are applied ought to not react with medicines’ ingredients.
These packagings also protect from radiation, because ultraviolet light can have an impact on some photosensitive elements encapsulated in the tablets. That is the reason why some drugs are sold in containers that are not fully transparent, but are made of dark glass. The next thing, which should be avoided is moisture. The container has to be airtight. This will block the permeation of the humidity from the outside inside the tablets. The other important issue is the damage protection. Pills will not become crumbled or damaged in transportation.
Not just plastics and glass
Blisters produced from thermoformed polymer are common in Europe – a lot of pills and capsules are boxed up into them. In North America plastic bottles are more common. But pharmaceutical packaging manufacturers uses a broad variety of other materials. Blisters are frequently packed into carton boxes. In them, aside from pills, a patient can find a package brochure, so big quantity of paper is applied here as well. Some gels and salves are packed into the metal tubes.
Advanced technologies are used for manufacturing of this kind of packagings. Manufacturers use a lot of materials. They follow GMP to ensure that the boxes will be completely safe and practical.