Highly valued for adaptability, protective properties and cost effectiveness, plastics are uniquely suited to meet the stringent standards and requirements of the medical and healthcare packaging industry. Plastics enable innovations that help protect products from damage keep ingredients safe and guard against contamination of healthcare products.

From thermo-formed blister packs and trays to caps, bottles and vials and pouches, bags and overwrap, plastics are the workhorse at the heart of medical packaging solutions that must meet the medical and pharmaceutical industry’s rigorous compliance requirements.

Plastics are the perfect materials for shipping and storing intricate devices, drugs and other medical instruments. Whether they’re essential medical supplies such as IV bags and syringes or lifesaving medical devices such as incubators and dialysis machines, plastics help improve health and save lives around the world.

Protecting product integrity remains the primary goal of healthcare packaging, but as in all areas of the packaging industry, there is ongoing work on source reduction. Additionally there is a growing trend of incorporating recycled content in secondary packaging applications, such as package overwrap, pallets.

PET has been approved as safe for contact with foodstuffs and beverages by the FDA, Health Canada, the European Food Safety Authority and virtually every other health-safety agency in the world. It has been used for food and beverage containers for decades without any known adverse effects. Extensive studies of PET and PET packaging have repeatedly shown it to be safe.