General / December 18, 2020
With testing increasing every day and the rollout of a vaccine, having durable yet accessible packaging is essential to keep up with the demands of the coronavirus pandemic. Luckily, some suppliers have already started to refine their medical supply packaging process.
Flexible packaging solutions are what drives medical shipping. While the concept is nothing new, demand is climbing and innovation needs to assist supply growth. Companies like Eagle Flexible Packaging are among providers transforming revolutionary ideas into practical, life-saving solutions. Sustainable packaging materials are a healthy and global-friendly way of transporting medical supplies to hospitals, pharmacies, doctor’s offices, clinics and more.
Eagle continues to perfect medical device packaging options that fit the unique needs of medical professionals like pharmaceutical and medical device suppliers. But with so many shipping methods in the supplier market, how can you know which one is the best choice?
Here are a few reasons why flexible packaging is at the top of the logistics pyramid when it comes to medical shipping.
Forget the “flimsy” stereotype – flexible packaging is strong and sturdy
Important medical supplies and equipment need support and security to reach their destination. While some might think flexible packaging means “weak,” the stereotype couldn’t be further from the truth.
Often, medical devices that are sharp or pointed will be shipped in packaging made of high-barrier films. Syringe barrels, medical instruments and nearly any other type of medical product can be shipped with flexible packaging, surrounded by tough and tested high-barrier materials. High-barrier films also create a preservation seal that keeps out elements like moisture and air. This type can be combined with less-flexible packaging for maximum stabilization.
While sturdy enough to withstand tough conditions, flexible packaging is designed to minimize harmful environmental impact.
It can transport sterile items
Many medical supplies, like laboratory products, must remain sterile during the shipping process in order to be usable. Ethylene oxide (EtO or EO) and gamma sterilization are two common treatments used in sterile medical shipping. Both of these methods can be included in flexible packaging solutions.
EtO has the ability to be flushed in and out, via a gas, while gamma rays pass through packaging and the product, providing sterilization to an already sealed packaged. The type of sterilizing agent that is used depends on the product and the packaging must be able to accommodate either of the two treatments.
Both sterile and non-sterile medical supplies each have certain standards that must be met. Eagle Flexible Packaging takes the time to exceed requirements and creates packaging that reduces waste.
Flexible packaging is fast and efficient
Materials such as polyethylene, polypropylene and other films are generally used in flexible packaging solutions. Medical devices can be shipped in this type of packing with efficiency. For example, flexible packaging is lightweight, it can easily be stored and all packaging types are created with sustainability in mind.
Medical devices are often shipped in the following packaging types:
The best part about flexible packaging? It can be produced, extremely fast. Eagle implements equipment that maximizes optimization and automation for quick creation.
Professional Provider of Sustainable Flexible Packaging for Medical Supplies
Treating patients and supplying facilities during the pandemic requires quick turnaround times and leaves no room for error. Eagle Flexible Packaging has the experience to fulfill your medical packaging requirements and can scale your production needs, big or small. Learn more about our commitment to providing superior packaging solutions that solve everyday problems. Contact us today for more information.
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