Plastic remains the dominant material in the packaging sector and not by chance. This material plastic is malleable, very versatile, and hygienic, weighs little and is economical. Therefore, it is common for plastic containers to be used in pharmaceutical products.

Like the rest of the packaging options, plastic must comply with all the guarantees established by the regulations and its task is to contain and protect the product that comes inside of it.


Packaging for pharmaceutical products

As far as the pharmaceutical industry is concerned, the main requirement that containers and materials that have contact with drugs and/or surgical and sanitary products must meet is to guarantee their safety.

In order to make sure this happens, it is essential to carry out certain quality controls that guarantee that when a packaged product is released, it is completely safe for the consumer.


Regulations in pharmaceutical plastic containers

When it comes to plastic containers for pharmaceutical products, they often replace glass bottles and containers. This happens because they are more efficient, they run less risk of breaking and their cost is lower, apart from being the most suitable for objects that must be flexible and small in size.

However, the migration of other supports to plastic containers for pharmaceutical products is not free of risks because certain components such as coatings, inks, adhesive and even the same container, among others, can become filtered and react and/or contaminate the contents.

Plastic packaging solutions and labels must respect the following regulations:

  • FDA 175.105 of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Refers to adhesives, additives and other components that come into indirect contact with food.
  • The European regulation 1935/2004/EC and the regulation 10/2011/EU concerning the materials and objects that are intended to come into contact with food.
  • ISO 3826 rule, which explains how flexible plastic containers for human blood and their components should be tested.

At present, the most used polymers in the sector are:

PET. Normally, we find it in transparent format although it admits colorants. It is light and virtually unbreakable. It stands out because it allows printing and labelling.

PVC. Used for both rigid and flexible containers.

  1. PP. It is lightweight, resistant to moisture, heat and chemicals.

HDPE. It has great chemical and mechanical resistance. It stands out for its easy processing.


Advantages of plastic for containers in the pharmaceutical sector

Ease of integration and design: Due to the varied processes for its transformation it provides great versatility. Thanks to this, packages of a wide variety of designs and shapes can be obtained.

Low density: It implies low weight, minimizing the costs of distribution and transportation of the product.

Versatility of additives and materials: containers with different properties can be achieved.

Economy: both the raw material and the production process are cheaper compared to other materials and processes.

However, more and more recommendations are in line with the use of environmentally friendly materials. If you are looking for alternatives to the traditional packaging of pharmaceutical products that you manufacture, consult with IP Triana and we will advise you on available alternatives.


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