Packaging industry comprises a huge part of manufacturing business. A variety of substances are used in this area. But when considering medicines, these materials have to comply special requirements - this will guarantee the appropriate stability of all active substances.
Plastics and glass that are applied should not react with medicines’ components.
These containers also protect from radiation, because UV light can influence some light-sensitive substances inside the pills. That is the reason why some medicines are available in containers that are not fully clear, but are made of brown glass. The another thing, which ought to be minimized is humidity. The container has to be watertight. This will block the penetration of the humidity from the atmosphere inside the pills. Another important factor is the mechanical protection. Pills cannot become crumbled or damaged in transport.
Not only plastics and glass
Blisters produced from thermoformed material are common in Europe - a lot of pills and capsules are packed into them. In North America plastic bottles are more popular. But pharmaceutical packaging industry uses a broad variety of other materials. Blisters are often packed into paperboard boxes. Inside them, aside from pills, a sick person can see a package brochure, so huge amount of paper is applied here too. Some gels and ointments are sold in the the aluminium tubes.
Cutting-edge technologies are used for producing of this kind of packagings. Manufacturers use a huge amount of materials. They apply the GMP to ascertain that the boxes are completely safe and practical.