World Applied Sciences Journal 14 (11): 1703-1716, 2011ISSN 1818-4952© IDOSI Publications, 2011
Anupama Singh, Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Meerut Institute of Engineeringand Technology, Bypass Road, Baghpat Crossing, NH-58, Meerut-250005, U.P. India.Tel: +91-9720200161.
Eco Friendly Pharmaceutical Packaging Material
Anupama Singh, Pramod Kumar Sharma and Rishabha Malviya
Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Meerut Institute of Engineering and Technology,Bypass Road, Baghpat Crossing, NH-58, Meerut-250 005, U.P., India
Eco friendly pharmaceutical packaging materials are the safe materials for environment whichenclose pharmaceutical product in any of the dosage forms. They may be derived from natural resources,like starches, proteins etc. that inflict little or nearly no harm on the environment and the environmentdependent species. This review highlight the eco friendly materials, their classification, uses, advantages andfinally summarizes the scope and future need in respect of pharmaceutical packaging. Classification hasbeen done under several categories based on their uses, chemical constituents and the type of raw materialused for its manufacturing. This review, details all the above mentioned aspects and the responsibility of pharmaceutical sector for progressive development of such eco friendly packaging.
light, oxygen and temperature variations. This type of Pharmaceutical packaging materials are the collection(Pharma-grade Barrier films and Eco-friendly Halogen-of different components which surround thefree films).pharmaceutical product since the time of production tillits use. Thus pharmaceutical packaging, as a
It is meant for the protectioncollective term, may be defined as the science, artagainst biological contaminants.and technology of enclosing or protecting productsfor distribution, storage, sale and usage including
It is meant for the protection of printed material, employed in the finishing of apharmaceutical dosage forms against physical damage.pharmaceutical product [1, 2]. It serves as aneconomical means of providing identification,
In pharmaceutical context,presentation, protection, information and conveniencepackagings should carry the information on the correctfrom the time of production until it is used orusage of dosage forms, their contents, their provenance,administered [3, 4].side-effects and warnings.The type of pharmaceutical packaging useddepends upon its function and type of the material used.
It is meant for identification of the product.All packaging materials must finally be evaluated viatesting of selected materials, sterilization, storage and
Pharmaceutical packaging possesses certainstability studies. Packaging of pharmaceuticalfeatures to prevent it from counterfeiting. It alsoproducts plays a very significant role in the maintenanceprevents small children from accessing the contents of of their quality [1, 5].formulations.
Functions of Packaging Convenience:
Packaging must be convenient enough
It is meant for protection againstto increase consumer access to products andall adverse external influences that can alter theimprove distribution, handling, selling and usingproperties of the product, which may include moisture,such products.protection can be provided by using blister packing