Just like every other product, drugs, and health-related products are properly packaged. There are different types of pharmaceutical or health products and they are packaged accordingly. There are also different levels of packaging for pharmaceutical products. These will be discussed as well as the importance and conditions for pharmaceutical packaging
Types of Pharmaceutical Products
There are various types of pharmaceutical products. The most common among them are tablets and capsules that we mostly consume. Following very closely in terms of popularity are syrups and then syringes. However, there are many other types of products that are used by patients or that doctors administer on patients such as inhalers and drips. All of these products are produced by pharmaceutical companies and subsequently packaged properly before being transferred to wholesalers and subsequently to pharmacies where they are sold. There is also other equipment such as stethoscope, X-ray machines, and blood pressure machines that are used by health practitioners for the diagnosis of illnesses. However, this article is concentrating more on the packaging of products that are used to treat patients, which include tablets, capsules, syrups, syringes, inhalers, and drip.
Levels of Packaging for Pharmaceutical Products
Pharmaceutical products are packaged in at least 2 levels, while in some cases, this could get up to 3 levels. For instance, the tablets and the capsules are a form of packaging on their own. The packaging will often make the tablets or capsules to come in different sizes and shapes. Some capsules contain powders inside or the gel version of capsules that contain liquid. The implication is that capsules contain powder or liquid that are subsequently packaged in capsule form. The packaging of tablets and capsules make it easier for them to be swallowed. These tablets and capsules are subsequently packaged into sachets or in some instances, packaged directly in a small plastic container with a cover. After this, they are subsequently packaged in a small-sized thick paper packet that often has their names and some information written on them.
For liquid pharmaceutical products, they are often packaged in bottles for those that are to be taken or in bags for drips and related products. The bottles are also subsequently packaged in thick paper packets as well that contain their information.
There are products like inhalers that are also packaged in plastic containers depending on the way they are to be consumed. Some inhalers are used through the nose for treatment of catarrh or through the mouth for asthmatic patients.
Importance and Conditions for Pharmaceutical packaging
The packaging of pharmaceutical products is very important in that they make it easy for a client to consume a particular medication. Furthermore, they help to keep away dirt and contaminations from the medications. They also help in making it difficult for children to quickly get to the content, considering that it is extremely important to keep pharmaceutical products away from the reach of children as the effects could be fatal. The conditions for pharmaceutical packaging mostly require a very clean environment. This is to avoid dirt and bacteria getting into the drug. The bacteria could multiply before the product is consumed and it could lead to severe complications for the patient afterward.