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Performance Plastics are the Rx for the Pharmaceutical Industry
by IAPD Editorial Committee
Performance plastics are booming in the pharmaceutical industry because of their durability, ability to be sterilized, easy machinability to exacting specifications and cost effectiveness.

In fact, performance plastics are the leading materials used in pharmaceutical packaging based on the breadth of applications for which they are suitable, their cost effectiveness and their favorable barrier and aesthetic properties. You can find performance plastics in intravenous and infusion devices such as insulin pens and inhalers, blister packaging, pharmaceutical pouches for dose packaging of powder and topical medicines, strip packs for sample-size oral drug applications, medication tubes, pre-fillable dose-measured syringes, tamper-evident and childproof closures, droppers, measuring caps and spoons, bottles, vials, ampules and syringes.

There are numerous advantages to using performance plastics in the pharmaceutical industry. The materials can stand up to sanitization, whether the methods used are steam, detergents or other harsh chemical cleaners. Antimicrobial additives to performance plastics can prevent infections. They can be machined easily to tight specifications. Plus, they comply with North American and European regulations.

Performance plastics also offer many environmental advantages. A 330 ml plastic bottle contains around 18 grams of plastic, while a comparable glass bottle can weigh anywhere from 190 grams to 250 grams. Transporting these heavier glass containers can require up to 40 percent more energy, with a corresponding increase in greenhouse gas emissions, and can increase transportation costs by up to five times per bottle. (source: www.hprc.org/advanced-recycling-white-paper)