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The packaging of pharmaceutical products is packed in three stages- Primary Packaging, Secondary Packaging, and Tertiary Packaging. These have their significance in the packaging line.

Imagine the scenario. Your company has spent the last decade millions of dollars and tens of thousands of labour hours in perfecting the next breakthrough medicine. But the packaging and labelling are overdue or say placed a wrong label in one of the language translations, Resulting in the entire production for recall. To avoid this kind of event packaging teams, marketing teams, and product managers must work and checks efficiently before placing the label on the product which is error-free, fully compliant, and virtually counterfeit-proof.

In the healthcare field, pharmaceutical packaging plays a vital role in case of safety from all sorts of contamination from bacterial growth. Take a look down below to learn more about the three different types of pharmaceutical packaging.

1. Primary Packaging:

The most important part of pharmaceutical packaging is primary packaging. Unless and until the primary packaging is not done accurately you can’t be certain its quality or not.

The material used during the process of primary packaging must be neutral with the entire shelf life. However, if the primary pharmaceutical packaging fails, it is threatening for those patients who may consume the defective packaging drugs.

Usually, blister strips and pet bottles are primary packaging as they are made up of nonreactive PVC and aluminum. Some types of plastics used in tablets and pills are Nylon (Polyamide), Polycarbonate, Polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

2. Secondary Packaging:

Once Primary packaging is done, the pharmaceutical products are ready for secondary packaging. Secondary packaging is just the next step; it is mostly the packaging of boxes and cartons of printed material with a detailed description of active and inactive ingredients, manufacturer’s name and address, type of medicine, and warning precautions printed on boxes. So, it’s easy for people to identify two separate boxes filled with different pharmaceutical drugs.

3. Tertiary Packaging

Lastly comes the transportation of the medical drugs to the retail or the dealer of the particular pharmaceutical drugs. This packaging too requires being efficient and safe to deliver safe and secure products and is safe for consumption and uses.

Furthermore, the organization can comply with all the required essentials by complying with GMP certification and reduce recalls and penalties by regulations for a break of the Code of conduct. Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) guidelines and principles help solve any issues related to the production of drugs.

Everything mentioned above ultimately leads to one thing i.e. safe pharmaceutical products for the end patient who needs them.

The key priorities for companies are to reduce the risk of errors and to ensure they are fully GMP-compliant. This can bring control, quality, compliance, and visibility to pharmaceutical and life sciences companies’ driving quality, GMP compliance, and security.


We all want to avoid packaging and labeling errors. Packaging management systems bring reassurance around GMP compliance and becoming the standard way for brands to streamline the process to avoid any kind of errors and hazards.

Implementing GMP reduces the consequences of product recalls, as well as potentially serious risks to patient safety and regulatory body compliance issues; there are potential fines, reputational damage. Hence, helps in reducing immediate tangible costs of repacking and market re-supply and customer reimbursement.

Companies compliant with Good manufacturing practices for pharmaceuticals especially follow cGMP regulations and new techniques and technology to produce pharmaceutical drugs that are effective than older and react faster to provide a sigh of relief to the patients. GMP Standard is the standard not only for packaging, quality but for the entire process of manufacturing.

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