Medical industry: the challenges of pharmaceutical packaging

The medical industry faces many daily challenges, including those associated with pharmaceutical packaging. In effect, medications are highly sensitive to temperature changes, transport or other handling. Failure to adequately protect them can render the product unusable. Pharmaceutical packaging therefore plays a very important role in ensuring the protection and maintaining the quality of medical products.

In addition, packaging must meet many standards and provide important information for consumers.

As you can see, pharmaceutical packaging faces a great number of challenges. In this article, we present the three main ones.

Pharmaceutical packaging to protect the product during handling and transport

Pharmaceutical packaging must be designed to facilitate handling and speed up transport while ensuring product protection.


As a general rule, most medicine boxes are rectangular, and that’s no coincidence! Essentially, handling a large number of rectangular boxes is easier than handling less efficiently shaped packaging. In addition, the more your boxes are easily “stackable”, the more you can ship at the same time.

This saves time and space for the shipper and carrier, as well as the retailer, who will be able to store them and present them to customers more easily in their shop or pharmacy.


Whether by land, air or sea, pharmaceutical transport is a delicate step.

One of the main challenges of pharmaceutical packaging is therefore product protection during transport. For this, you need packaging that is good quality and resistant.

Thanks to the development of packaging technology, several solutions exist. You can opt for rotomolded cases that are robust enough to transport fragile products safely. You can also opt for custom foam packaging materials to absorb any type of impact or shock during transport.

Pharmaceutical packaging to preserve the product’s curative effect

Medications are sensitive goods that need constant protection. One of the most crucial pharmaceutical packaging challenges is preserving the curative effects of medicine. Moreover, they must meet existing quality control standards.

In general, medications should be stored away from moisture and heat. Some even need to be kept at well-defined temperatures, such as vaccines. Insulated shipping boxes, for example, control the temperature of the goods for several days.

Moreover, certain pharmaceuticals are unstable and are therefore packaged with fragile materials, such as vials or capsules, to maintain their curative effect for as long as possible. This type of medicine needs to have the benefit of tailored pharmaceutical packaging to arrive intact after transport.

Pharmaceutical packaging: to provide important information

Pharmaceutical packaging is more than just product protection. One of its challenges is to inform doctors, nurses and consumers about a great deal of information related to the medication.

Packaging contains indications and contraindications such as the expiry date, the composition, its mode of use or even its batch number for product traceability.

Be aware that a package that does not contain all the required information cannot be sold, even in a location where you can be advised by a professional, such as a pharmacy.

Pharmaceutical packaging as important as medicine

The challenges of pharmaceutical packaging are therefore very significant, both for the protection and preservation of medicines. Moreover, the medical industry must ensure that it meets the strict standards imposed by the government.

If you want to develop a solution to protect your medical products during transport, contact us today. We will be happy to advise and assist you in designing pharmaceutical packaging that is tailored to your needs.