Why Swiftpak for
Pharmaceutical & Biopharma packaging?

We combine exceptional protection & security with the high-quality presentation your brands deserve. Swiftpak’s mix of ISO-certified processes and personal attention to detail are vital to guarantee you peace of mind. We provide reliable and fast support day-in, day-out. Our highly personal service is designed to go the extra mile and to make sure you receive all products on time every time.

  • ISO certified - 14001 and 9001
  • Clean room products - packaging range for sterile environments
  • Online account area - portal including waste and spend report
  • Temperature controlled packaging - packaging for sensitive chilled or frozen products

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Temperature controlled packaging for pharmaceuticals

Robust temperature controlled packaging is a vital component of shipping highly sensitive products such as vaccines or drugs. Frozen or chilled packaging ensures items are kept within a specific temperature range to help preserve the quality and safety of a product.

Discover how Swiftpak can support your temperature controlled packaging requirements.

Temperature controlled packaging

Some of our Pharmaceutical & Medical solutions

Temperature Controlled Labels

Temperature Indicators

Our temperature indicators are designed to monitor temperature and alert you if your products have been exposed to unacceptable temperatures by turning bright red in colour.

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Bespoke solutions

Stepped Foam

Not only can we design your packaging for you but we can also have it laboratory tested (ISTA certificated). The goal in designing bespoke packaging is to find a cost-effective solution and provide the most efficient package possible. while keeping your chemical, pharmaceutical and medical products safe if transit.

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Eco-friendly packaging

Vegan Thermal Liner

An insulating, climate neutral packaging solution for your pharma delivery needs. This new thermal liner is 100% recyclable in the existing waste management system.

Vegan Thermal Liner

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Void Fill solutions

Paper Void Fill

The PAPERplus® Papillon is a machine that creates paper padding to protect packaged goods in small and medium-sized parcels. Almost any protective packaging problem can be solved efficiently with paper padding. The Papillon can help keep your pharmaceuticals safe if transit and ensure that your highly sensitive products arrive in peak condition.

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Labelling solutions

Packaging labels

Pharmaceutical and chemical goods can be highly sensitive, so require correct labelling to ensure the safety of both handlers and consumers. View of extensive range of packaging labels from security labels, to UN hazard warning labels, impact labels and more.

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As a large medical company it's important to receive the materials required in meeting shipment schedules. The friendly relationship and level of service received from Swiftpak is invaluable, especially when urgent demands are requested.

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FAQs: Pharmaceutical packaging

  • From glass vials to custom foam inserts and bespoke cardboard solutions, pharmaceutical packaging comes in a range of shapes and sizes to offer optimum protection. Our pharmaceutical packaging page highlights various examples.

    Types of pharmaceutical packaging can be split into three layers, commonly referred to as primary, secondary, and tertiary packaging. Whilst each layer offers protection to the contents, they all serve a slightly different purpose. For further information, head over to this blog where we cover all you need to know surrounding this topic. Swiftpak’s expertise is mainly in the secondary and tertiary pharmaceutical packaging.

  • Primary pharmaceutical packaging (sometimes referred to as retail or Point of Sale packaging) is the packaging that’s in direct contact with the product. The main goal of this primary level is to preserve the product as well as inform the consumer about contents, dosage, and expiry information.

    The list below shows example of what could be primary packaging for pharmaceuticals:

    • Vials
    • Bottles
    • Blister packs
    • Sachets
    • Syringes
    • Ampoules
  • Secondary pharmaceutical packaging is the packaging used to protect the primary packaging. Aside from offering security and protection, secondary packaging aims to create brand exposure, as well as simplify the display and handling of the products in the hands of retailers.

    Secondary packaging often consists of corrugated or cardboard which is print finished to a high standard. It should include well thought out design and branding, as it plays a big part in the marketing funnel of each pharmaceutical product.

    For expert advice on your secondary pharmaceutical packaging, get in touch with Swiftpak today.

  • Tertiary pharmaceutical packaging has one main purpose, and that is to protect both levels of packaging below it (primary and secondary) as well as the pharmaceutical itself, during the storage and shipment process. It can also be used to deter and prevent any unauthorised access using clever design or tamper-proof packaging products.

    For expert advice on your tertiary pharmaceutical packaging, get in touch with our friendly team at Swiftpak today. We’d be more than happy to recommend the best solution for your product and business.

  • Proper pharmaceutical packaging is essential for many reasons, and at the top of list comes health, safety and security. Not only does packaging protect drugs from physical damage, but it also prevents the possibility of biological degradation as well as counterfeit.

    Sensitive drugs require protection from light, water, and sometimes proximity to other substances in order to remain 100% effective. Without adequate protection from packaging, pharmaceutical products could pose a safety risk to those who handle and consumer it.

    With the rise of ecommerce, tamper evident packaging has become increasingly important in the pharmaceutical industry. For big pharma, tampering and counterfeiting are significant threats as it can be dangerous to the consumer as well as to the brand.

  • Packaging materials for the pharmaceutical industry commonly include paper, corrugated carboard, plastics, polymer, glass, aluminium foil, and more. But the materials used vary from product to product and business to business. The materials selected all come down to the requirements of the pharmaceutical in question, as well as the needs and goals of the business.

    Need help with your pharmaceutical packaging choices? Our expert team can help – contact us today.

  • When packaging pharmaceuticals, we tend to focus on four key areas. These are: optimising for safety and security, ensuring compliance, improving efficiencies, and maximising protection.

    To help build a successful pharmaceutical packaging solution, head over to our best practice blog for pharmaceutical packaging, where we expand on the four points mentioned above.

  • The rules and regulations for pharmaceutical packaging are in place to prevent outside contaminants from entering and disrupting substances. Various types of pharmaceutical packaging have to undergo strict testing and processes to ensure they conform to the rules and regulations of the industry. This involves things such as child safety caps, proper locations for packing, the use of heat-sealing, safe materials, and lots more.

    For further information on the rules and regulations of pharmaceutical packaging, get in touch. Our friendly team would be happy to help.

  • Companies in the pharmaceutical industry can follow various steps to unsure that their packaging supply chain is sustainable. One step involves the use of eco-friendly materials, whether it’s recyclable, compostable polymers, or even biodegradable products. When choosing sustainable materials, it is vital to ensure that the efficiency of the packaging does not get comprised.

    Optimised packaging transportation plays a part in sustainability levels too. Ensuring delivery trucks are space-efficient helps to reduce carbon emissions during the logistics stage, which contributes towards a reduction in a company’s overall carbon footprint.

    Using advanced machinery is another method allowing companies to become more sustainable in their packaging. Thanks to technology, packaging errors can be reduced, processes sped up, and quantities increased for greater efficiency.

  • There are obvious reasons for wanting a kerbside recyclable and thermal insulated package. It ensures your pharmaceutical product stays at temperature, whilst offering an easy-to-recycle package for the consumer. At Swiftpak, we supply bespoke packaging boxes that combine kerbside recyclability and thermal insulation. From honeycomb insulated box inserts, through to vegan thermal liners and more.

    Contact our team at Swiftpak today and speak to our pharmaceutical experts for more.

Pharmaceutical packaging tips & advice

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