Pharmaceutical Packaging Products to 2018

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Date: 31-Jul-2014
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US demand to reach $22.1 billion in 2018

Demand for pharmaceutical packaging products in the US will rise 4.9 percent annually to $22.1 billion in 2018. Growth will accelerate slightly from the pace of the 2008-2013 period as drug makers upgrade the barrier, security, and functional properties of their packaging systems. Among all pharmaceutical packaging product groups, parenteral containers will post the fastest gains in demand as advances in biotechnology lead to the introduction of new injectable therapies adapted to prefillable syringes, unit dose vials, and premixed IV bags.

Plastic bottles to remain largest container group

In spite of increasing competition from blister packaging, plastic bottles will remain the largest selling group of pharmaceutical containers over the long term, both in revenues generated and unit consumption. This trend will reflect their widespread use in the packaging of oral drugs distributed in bulk and prescription dose volumes to retail and mail order pharmacies. Plastic bottles will also continue to dominate applications as containers for OTC medicines sold in tablet and capsule quantities of 50 or more.

Blister packaging to benefit from unit dose formats

Through 2018 and beyond, blister packaging will generate the second largest share of revenues among primary pharmaceutical containers. Blister packaging will broaden usage based on adaptability to unit dose and clinical trial formats with expanded label content, high visibility, and built-in track and trace features. Prefillable inhalers will realize above average gains in unit and revenue demand as the number of chronic asthma, allergy, and migraine patients treated with inhalation drugs rises. Markets for pharmaceutical pouches and medication tubes will expand much more slowly as the vast majority of applications remain limited to topical medication packaging. US demand for glass pharmaceutical bottles will continue to decrease gradually over the long term as plastic bottles and blister packs continue to capture applications. Strip packs will post the largest demand among groups of other primary pharmaceutical containers based on adaptability to economical unit dose formats.

Security packaging accessories to post fastest gains

Total US demand for pharmaceutical closures, labels, secondary containers, and other packaging accessories will grow 4.7 percent annually to nearly $7.5 billion in 2018. Child-resistant, seniorfriendly and dispensing closures; high visibility labels; and tamper-evident and other security accessories will see the fastest gains. Demand for these products will benefit from stricter government and industry standards covering the safety, security, and ease of use features of drug containers. Sales of dispensing closures will increase at a faster than average pace as drug makers adapt medication to high value-added delivery systems. Stepped up efforts by medical groups to improve patient drug adherence will boost the market for high visibility labels. Track and trace and authentication security components will generate above average growth in demand among other packaging accessories as the pharmaceutical industry seeks to combat drug counterfeiting and diversion activities.

Company Profiles

Profiles 34 US industry competitors such as Amcor, Becton Dickinson, Gerresheimer, Lilly, MeadWestvaco, SCHOTT & West Pharmaceutical

Additional Information

This comprehensive study examines the US market for pharmaceutical packaging products, covering


  • primary containers -- plastic bottles, blister packaging, parenteral containers, prefillable inhalers, pouches, medication tubes, glass bottles and jars, and other containers, such as strip packs, paperboard boxes, and various specialty containers

  • closures -- specialty, child-resistant, and conventional types

  • labels -- security, standard, and specialty types

  • secondary containers -- outer paperboard boxes, folding cartons, shipping containers, thermoformed kits and trays, and blister and clamshell packs

  • packaging accessories -- package inserts, shrink materials, security components, tamper-evident seals, desiccants, and shipping supplies

Pharmaceutical Packaging Products to 2018

Table of Contents

Introduction XI

I. Executive Summary 1

II. Market Environment 4
General 4
Economic Factors 4
Demographic Trends 9
Trends in Health Care 13
Health Insurance Coverage 14
Medical Conditions 16
Acute Conditions 17
Chronic Conditions 18
National Health Expenditures 21
Spending Categories 22
Funding Sources 25
Medical Providers 27
Patient Activity 33
Pharmaceutical Industry Trends 36
Regulation 38
Research & Development 40
Product Demand Patterns 41
Product Shipments 42
Therapeutic Groups 43
Dosage Formulations 44
Distribution Classes 46
Commercial Status 48

III. Pharmaceutical Packaging Overview 52
General 52
Demand Patterns & Projections 53
Key Issues & Trends 58
Patient Prescription Adherence 59
Drug Counterfeiting Threat 59
Drug Dispensing Accuracy 60
Pharmaceutical Packaging Raw Materials 61
Plastic Resins 62
Paper & Paperboard 67
Aluminum Foil 69
Glass Materials 70
Other Raw Materials 72
Semi-Finished Packaging Materials 73
Plastic Films 74
Converted Paper & Paperboard 75
Converted Foil 76
Other Semi-Finished Materials 76
Historical Pharmaceutical Packaging Market Trends 77
US Trade in Pharmaceutical Packaging Products 78
World Pharmaceutical Packaging Markets 80

IV. Primary Pharmaceutical Containers 83
General 83
Demand by Value 84
Demand by Unit 86
Plastic Bottles 89
Standard Plastic Bottles 91
Plastic Dispensing Bottles 94
Plastic Jars 96
Plastic Cans 97
Prescription Vials 98
Plastic Pharmaceutical Bottle Suppliers 100
Pharmaceutical Blister Packaging 101
Blister Packaging Formats 101
Standard Compartment Packs 103
Slide Packs 103
Wallet Packs 104
Blister Packaging Components 104
Plastic Films 105
Lidding Components 107
Outer Containers 109
Packaging Accessories 109
Pharmaceutical Blister Packaging Applications 111
Ethical Pharmaceuticals 112
Sample Packs 113
Producer Packs 114
Over-the-Counter Packs 115
Clinical Trial Packs 117
Prescription Packs 118
Pharmaceutical Blister Packaging Suppliers 118
Parenteral Containers 120
Prefillable Syringes 122
Injectors 124
Cartridge Systems 126
Parenteral Vials 129
Glass Vials 130
Plastic Vials 132
IV Containers 133
Semi-Rigid Plastic IV Containers 135
Premixed IV Minibags 136
Glass IV Containers 138
Ampuls 139
Prefillable Inhalers 140
Metered Dose Inhalers 142
Dry Powder Inhalers 144
Pharmaceutical Pouches 147
Medication Tubes 150
Composite Tubes 151
All-Plastic Tubes 152
Collapsible Metal Tubes 154
Glass Pharmaceutical Containers 154
Other Primary Pharmaceutical Containers 156
Strip Packs 158
Paperboard Boxes 159
All Other Primary Pharmaceutical Containers 159

V. Pharmaceutical Packaging Accessories 162
General 162
Pharmaceutical Closures 164
Specialty Pharmaceutical Closures 166
Elastomeric & Rubber Stoppers 167
Dispensing Closures 169
Other Specialty Closures 171
Child-Resistant Pharmaceutical Closures 172
Push-Turn Closures 173
Snap-Off Closures 174
Standard Pharmaceutical Closures 175
Twist/Flip-Off Closures 176
Flip-Top Closures 177
Overcaps 178
Pharmaceutical Closure Suppliers 178
Secondary Containers 179
Folding Paperboard Boxes 180
Corrugated Shipping Containers 183
Other Secondary Pharmaceutical Containers 185
Trays 186
Set-Up Boxes 187
Bags & Pouches 189
Clamshell Packs 189
Pharmaceutical Labels 190
Pressure-Sensitive Labels 191
Heat-Shrink & Stretch-Sleeve Labels 194
Other Pharmaceutical Labels 198
Label Security Features 200
Other Packaging Accessories 202
Package Inserts 203
Shrink Materials 204
Tamper-Evident Seals 205
Desiccants 207
All Other Pharmaceutical Packaging Accessories 208

VI. Markets 212
General 212
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing 214
Contract Packaging 218
Retail Pharmacy 221
Institutional Pharmacy 223
Other Markets 225

VII. Industry Structure 228
General 228
Market Share 232
Competitive Strategies 238
Mergers & Acquisitions 240
Licensing & Related Agreements 244
Product Development 247
Marketing & Distribution 249
Manufacturing 251
Company Profiles 254
Alexander (James) Corporation 255
Alpha Packaging Holdings Incorporated 257
Amcor Limited 258
AmerisourceBergen Corporation 262
AndersonBrecon, see Packaging Coordinators AptarGroup Incorporated 264
Baxter International Incorporated 268
Becton, Dickinson, and Company 270
Bemis Company Incorporated 273
BERICAP North America, see Amcor Berry Plastics Group Incorporated 275
CCL Industries Incorporated 277
Centor 280
Chesapeake Limited 282
Clondalkin Group Holdings BV 285
Comar Incorporated 287
Drug Plastics and Glass Company Incorporated 288
Gerresheimer Holdings GmbH 290
GlaxoSmithKline plc 293
Hoffmann Neopac AG 295
Holden Industries Incorporated 297
Hospira Incorporated 299
Klöckner Pentaplast Group 302
Lilly (Eli) and Company 304
McKesson Corporation 305
MeadWestvaco Corporation 306
Menasha Corporation 309
Multi Packaging Solutions, see Chesapeake Nemera 311
NOSCO, see Holden Industries Novo Nordisk A/S 312
Packaging Coordinators Incorporated 314
Perfecseal, see Bemis Plastic Ingenuity Incorporated 316
Plastube Incorporated 317
Qosina Corporation 318
Rand Diversified Companies, see Menasha Rexam plc 319
RxPak, see McKesson Safety Syringes, see Becton, Dickinson Sanofi 321
SCHOTT AG 324
Schreiner Group GmbH & Company KG 327
SKY Packaging, see McKesson Sonoco Products Company 329
Stelmi, see AptarGroup TAGSYS RFID Group Incorporated 331
3M Company 332
Unilife Corporation 334
West Pharmaceutical Services Incorporated 336
Other Companies in Pharmaceutical Packaging 341

List of Tables

Section I -- Executive Summary
Summary Table 3

Section II -- Market Environment
1 Macroeconomic Indicators 9
2 Population by Age Group 13
3 Health Insurance Coverage of the US Population 16
4 Acute Conditions by Type 18
5 Chronic Conditions by Type 21
6 National Health Expenditures by Spending Category 25
7 National Health Expenditures by Funding Source 27
8 Medical Providers by Type 29
9 Patient Activity 34
10 Pharmaceutical Demand 42
11 Pharmaceutical Shipments by Therapeutic Group 44
12 Pharmaceutical Shipments by Dosage Formulation 45
13 Pharmaceutical Shipments by Distribution Class 47
14 Pharmaceutical Shipments by Commercial Status 51

Section III -- Pharmaceutical Packaging Overview
1 Pharmaceutical Packaging Product Demand by Type 57
2 Pharmaceutical Packaging Raw Material Demand by Type 62
3 Pharmaceutical Packaging Plastic Resin Demand by Type 63
4 Pharmaceutical Packaging Paper & Paperboard Demand 69
5 Pharmaceutical Packaging Aluminum Foil Demand 70
6 Pharmaceutical Packaging Glass Material Demand 71
7 Pharmaceutical Packaging Other Raw Material Demand 73
8 Pharmaceutical Packaging Semi-Finished Material Demand 74
9 Pharmaceutical Packaging Product Demand, 2003-2013 78
10 US Trade in Pharmaceutical Packaging Products 79
11 World Pharmaceutical Packaging Product Demand 82

Section IV -- Primary Pharmaceutical Containers
1 Primary Pharmaceutical Container Value Demand 85
2 Primary Pharmaceutical Container Unit Demand 88
3 Plastic Pharmaceutical Bottle Demand by Type 90
4 Standard Plastic Pharmaceutical Bottle Demand by Distribution Class 94
5 Plastic Pharmaceutical Dispensing Bottle Demand 96
6 Plastic Pharmaceutical Jar Demand 97
7 Plastic Pharmaceutical Can Demand 98
8 Plastic Prescription Vial Demand 100
9 Pharmaceutical Blister Packaging Demand by Format 102
10 Pharmaceutical Blister Packaging Demand by Component 105
11 Pharmaceutical Blister Packaging Demand by Application 112
12 Parenteral Container Demand by Type 121
13 Prefillable Syringe Demand by Type 123
14 Parenteral Vial Demand by Type 130
15 IV Container Demand by Type 134
16 Parenteral Ampul Demand by Type 140
17 Prefillable Inhaler Demand by Type 141
18 Pharmaceutical Pouch Demand by Type 149
19 Medication Tube Demand by Type 151
20 Glass Pharmaceutical Container Demand by Type 156
21 Other Primary Pharmaceutical Container Demand by Type 157

Section V -- Pharmaceutical Packaging Accessories
1 Pharmaceutical Packaging Accessory Demand by Type 163
2 Pharmaceutical Closure Demand by Type 165
3 Specialty Pharmaceutical Closure Demand by Type 167
4 Child-Resistant Pharmaceutical Closure Demand by Type 173
5 Standard Pharmaceutical Closure Demand by Type 176
6 Secondary Pharmaceutical Container Demand by Type 180
7 Folding Paperboard Pharmaceutical Box & Carton Demand 183
8 Corrugated Pharmaceutical Shipping Container Demand 185
9 Other Secondary Pharmaceutical Container Demand by Type 186
10 Pharmaceutical Label Demand by Type 191
11 Pharmaceutical Label Demand by Security Features 202
12 Other Pharmaceutical Packaging Accessories Demand by Type 203
13 Pharmaceutical Package Insert Demand 204
14 Pharmaceutical Packaging Shrink Material Demand 205
15 Pharmaceutical Packaging Tamper-Evident Seal Demand 207
16 Pharmaceutical Packaging Desiccant Demand 208
17 All Other Pharmaceutical Packaging Accessory Demand by Type 209

Section VI -- Markets
1 Pharmaceutical Packaging Product Demand by Market 213
2 Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Market: Pharmaceutical Packaging Products 218
3 Contract Packaging Market: Pharmaceutical Packaging Products 221
4 Retail Pharmacy Market: Pharmaceutical Packaging Products 223
5 Institutional Pharmacy Market: Pharmaceutical Packaging Products 225
6 Other Markets: Pharmaceutical Packaging Products 227

Section VII -- Industry Structure
1 US Pharmaceutical Packaging Product Sales by Company, 2013 229
2 Selected Acquisitions & Divestitures 243
3 Selected Cooperative Agreements 246

List of Charts

Section II -- Market Environment
1 Pharmaceutical Shipments by Dosage Formulation, 2013 46

Section III -- Pharmaceutical Packaging Overview
1 Pharmaceutical Packaging Product Demand by Type, 2013 58

Section IV -- Primary Pharmaceutical Containers
1 Primary Pharmaceutical Containers: Value Demand by Type, 2013 86
2 Primary Pharmaceutical Containers: Unit Demand by Type, 2013 88
3 Plastic Pharmaceutical Bottle Demand by Type, 2013 91
4 Parenteral Container Demand by Type, 2013 122

Section V -- Pharmaceutical Packaging Accessories
1 Pharmaceutical Packaging Accessory Demand by Type, 2013 164
2 Pharmaceutical Closure Demand by Type, 2013 166

Section VI -- Markets
1 Pharmaceutical Packaging Product Demand by Market, 2013 214

Section VII -- Industry Structure
1 Pharmaceutical Packaging Products: Merchant Market Share by Company, 2013 233

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