Pharmaceutical Packaging Services Information

Pharmaceutical Packaging via Packaging Coordinators, Inc.Pharmaceutical packaging services are contract packaging services that focus on pharmaceutical products. Common types of pharmaceutical packaging include blister packs, bottles, and pouches. Pharmaceutical packaging has specific requirements to guarantee the safety of products and to keep them free from contamination. A clean room facility is often used during processing.

A variety of packaging types are available for pharmaceutical products, such as:

  • Blisters
  • Bottles
  • Pouches or sachets
  • Tubes
  • Syringes
  • Auto-injector pens

Secondary services are also sometimes provided by pharmaceutical packaging services, including:

  • Cartoning
  • Walleting
  • Kitting
  • Labeling for parenterals and injectables
  • Child-resistant and compliance-prompting packaging
  • Device assembling
  • Overwrapping
  • Graphic designing
  • Quality assurance
  • Anti-counterfeiting

Materials and Features

A range of packaging material are offered, such as:

  • Thermoplastics, including polychlorotrifluoroethene (PCTFE), polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polypropylene (PP), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), and polyvinylidene chloride (PVdC)
  • Cyclic olefin copolymers (COC)
  • Clear, tinted, metallized, and opaque films
  • Multilayered, cold-formed (foil-foil or alu-alu) structures, including 3 ply and 4 ply as well as advanced desiccated structures
  • Soft- and hard-tempered foils
  • Peelable paper-foil structures
  • Peel-push paper-foil or poly-foil structures
  • Desiccated foil-lidding structures
  • Glass

Pharmaceutical packaging may offer various features, including:

  • Drug packaging information via Pharma Packaging SoluionsChild-resistant closures
  • Lot and expiration date printing
  • Pressure sensitive liners and seals
  • Desiccant inserts
  • Bar code verification labels
  • Neckbands, for tamper-evidence

Special Capabilities

Pharmaceutical packaging services can often accommodate specific product requirements, such as nitrogen flushing for pharmaceuticals with oxygen sensitivity, low humidity environments for drugs with moisture sensitivity, and modified lighting environments for products with light sensitivity. Cold chain capabilities can extend the shelf life of pharmaceuticals, in particular biologic-based drugs, by maintaining the products at low temperatures, typically from 2 to 8 °C.


Vendors providing pharmaceutical packaging services normally have production facilities and operational procedures that are in compliance with current good manufacturing practices. cGMP standards are developed by national and international organizations such as the Food and Drug Administration in the U.S. and the World Health Organization. cGMP guidelines ensure that pharmaceutical products are safe for human use by establishing best practices for manufacturing, testing, and quality assurance.

cGMP guidelines comply with several important principles:

  • Manufacturing processes are clearly defined, documented, validated, and controlled
  • Operators are trained in the proper defined procedures
  • Hygiene is maintained in manufacturing facilities
  • Inspection and quality assurance is performed
  • Records document that defined procedures have been followed and enable tracing of batch histories

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