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From chemical ingredients to the final blister: how medicines are being packed?

When someone buys pharmaceuticals, he usually does not fully understand how long can be the path from pure substance to properly formed and packed pellet.

Author: Bill Reynolds

pharmaceutical repackaging
Author: Kim Groome

Author: jamesvandyke

This process is complicated and must be performed under precise conditions. Manufacturing is the initial step, then drugs need to be packed and repacked.

After manufacturing, the drugs are boxed up into bulk packages and shipped on. Pharmaceutical repackaging is generally realised by an external corporation. This institution gets pharmaceuticals and then reorganizes them into tinier packs, for example blisters in boxes or plastic bottles. The packages, in which drugs are transported have to fulfil particular requirements. In some cases the stable temperature is required to save all the properties. That is why some containers are specially insulated. The process has a name of „cold chain”. For instance, some kinds of tablets or vaccines must be stored in the fridge – in patient’s home too. Another form of pharmaceutical repackaging is being realized in drug stores. Some patients come to the pharmacy for prescription medicines. The proper medicine is made by pharmacist according to the physicians’ guidelines. So the drug stores get larger amounts of particular ingredient, which are next divided into tinier parts, properly mixed and packed in tinier containers for users. The apothecary informs the patient how to keep this drug and how much time it can be used with maintaining its properties.

A medicine is an exceptional product, which needs to be packed with special care and stored in specific conditions. The whole process ensures that medicine gets in patient’s hands in perfect shape and its properties are completely retained.