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Smart packaging designs open up new opportunities for pharma sector: Rajesh Khosla

Yash Ved, Mumbai
Friday, November 12, 2021, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

Smart packaging designs are opening up new opportunities and benefits for the pharmaceutical industry, which include increased efficiency, shortened manufacturing and distribution time frames, decreased shortages and improved patient safety, stated Rajesh Khosla, president and CEO, AGI glaspac.

Khosla further stated that QR-enabled packaging is also becoming more widely used, helping raise health literacy and improve patient compliance. With the use of near-field communication technology, these devices are becoming more innovative as well. To provide content to the recipient, you can embed NFC chips into the package and have them wave their smartphone over it. Like QR codes, it can be useful, but it uses a more advanced form of technology.

The development and design of appropriate packaging for pharmaceutical products are critical to ensuring the safe transportation, storage and administration of medications, some of which are potentially life-saving. Most pharmaceutical packaging is made of plastic or glass.

Khosla  added, “For the most part, smart packaging can be broken down into "active packaging" and "intelligent packaging." Active packaging collects data insights about the product and its journey.”

Khosla stated that intelligent devices like IoT and packaging are exciting new development areas because they allow for secure two-way communication between patients and healthcare providers. As a result of Covid-19, the technology is increasingly being used in clinical trials to help decentralise the complex structures.

Using patient-worn devices, clinicians can monitor and analyse vital health information like heart rate, pulse, temperature, blood oxygen level, level of stress on the patient, breathing rate and even different types of brain activity in real-time.

“Adding intelligent technology to existing medical packaging or devices is the second component. Once the tablet is removed from a blister or used, it is embedded with a wireless electronic feature that tracks drug usage. Digital enablement and child resistance options can be added as additional layers without requiring regulatory approval in most cases. Once the tablet or medical device has been removed or activated, a signal is sent to the bracelet from the container or device. The bracelet will then send data to the cloud, which will be sent to the host, either directly or via a smartphone,” added Khosla.

Khosla stated that glass packaging for pharmaceuticals has several advantages as it is highly resistant to temperature changes. Many pharmaceutical products must be maintained at specific temperatures to avoid damage.

“Glass can be used to keep the products it encases at an optimal temperature. Pharmaceutical products are made up of precise, calculated molecular mixtures. Contamination of these products poses a significant risk to the patients who receive these medications,” added Khosla.

Between 2020 and 2025, the Indian pharmaceutical packaging market is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of 5 per cent. The pharmaceutical packaging industry's expansion can be traced to an ageing population, greater health awareness and longer life expectancy.

AGI glaspac was established in the year 1972 and is one of the leading container-glass manufacturers in the country. AGI has two state-of-the-art facilities, one in Hyderabad and the other in Bhongir, Telangana. AGI glaspac is engaged in the manufacture of high-quality glass containers to meet the stringent and demanding quality standards of the packaging needs of the pharmaceuticals, food and other industries.

 

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