MOSCOW (MRC) -- Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, has joined forces with SICPA SA, a trusted provider of global security solutions, to launch PLASTIWARD, a robust integrated protection for plastic pharmaceutical packaging or medical devices, said the producer in its press release.
Today, chronic health conditions ranging from diabetes to asthma make use of portable plastic pharmaceutical packaging such as insulin pens or inhalators for targeted delivery of a treatment. Such medical devices enable millions of patients to lead active lives. An ageing population in developed economies and a rising middle class in developing economies will drive demand for pharma innovation in the foreseeable future. This in turn will drive growth in pharmaceutical packaging, including plastic medical devices. One report projects a CAGR of 6.5% for the global medical devices market from 2014 to 2020, rising from an estimated USD 61 billion in 2014 to USD 89 billion in 20201.
However, this strong growth has also attracted counterfeiters and others dealing in illicit trade. The WHO estimates that 8% of medical devices in circulation are counterfeits2. In one case, in 2009, over two million fake insulin pen needles were seized in three European countries. Such products represent a financial and reputational liability for legitimate companies, and they pose a health risk for the patients who rely on them to manage a life-threatening condition.
"The counterfeiting of pharmaceutical products, including medical devices, is a silent and deadly epidemic. It attacks strong pharmaceutical brands, while sapping the trust of patients and doctors. It poses a risk for all of us," said Fabienne Le Tadic, Executive President of Product and Brand Protection at SICPA. "As part of our commitment to make this world a safer place, we partnered with Clariant, a leader in polymers and masterbatches, to create PLASTIWARD. This in-plastic brand protection solution helps pharma companies to protect their patients and brands."
PLASTIWARD offers a unique end-to-end solution integrating exclusive, proprietary security features from SICPA into polymer compounds or concentrates (known as "masterbatches") from Clariant. Data gathered from instantaneous authentication using a handheld detector can be uploaded and aggregated on a secure inspection platform from SICPA that facilitates real-time monitoring at global, regional or local levels. This enables pharmaceutical companies to monitor their products from factory to pharmacy, identify emerging trends and improve response times if action is required.
"At Clariant, our approach to the medical and pharmaceutical sectors is based on controlling and minimising risks of changes in the raw materials used and in our production facilities. PLASTIWARD is a robust, cost-effective end-to-end in-plastic system for protecting your brands worldwide," said Steve Duckworth, Head of Global Segment Healthcare Polymer Solutions at Clariant.
Yet, PLASTIWARD is more than just a system. It offers pharmaceutical clients a two-in-one approach that combines Clariant’s track record in developing polymer compounds and masterbatches for the needs of the pharmaceutical sector and SICPA’s proven expertise in protecting brands and products. As part of the PLASTIWARD value proposition, our unique solution offers clients one seamless package comprising: security assessment, needs definition, security system design, system deployment and on-going performance monitoring.
As MRC reported earlier, in March 2015, Clariant announced the global availability of a new line of "animal-free" MEVOPUR standard masterbatches and compounds. The development offers the makers of pharmaceutical packaging and medical devices a consistent and traceable supply of products that are compliant with global standards and support a wide range of product design, marketing, and manufacturing needs.
Clariant AG is a Swiss chemical company and a world leader in the production of specialty chemicals for the textile, printing, mining and metallurgical industries. It is engaged in processing crude oil products in pigments, plastics and paints.