Pharmaceutical packaging requires a greater knowledge of materials and a greater intensity of testing than most other packed products, not to mention a sound knowledge of pharmaceutical products and an understanding of regulatory requirements. Structured to meet the needs of the global market, this volume provides an assessment of a wide range of issues. It covers the entire supply chain from conversion of raw materials into packaging materials and then assembled into product packs. Integrating information from many drug delivery systems, the author discusses testing and evaluation and emphasizes traceability and the need to for additional safeguards.
Pharmaceutical packaging; the packaging function, management, development and shelf-life; regulatory aspects of packaging; specifications and quality; paper and board; glass containers; plastics - an introduction; the development and approval of a plastic pack; films, foils, laminations and combination materials; metal containers and foil; closures and closure systems; sterile products and the role of rubber components; blister, strip and sachet packaging; the packaging line; warehousing, handling and distribution; printing and decoration; present and future trends.