Given the number of disposable products in use in the medical industry that are used in their millions daily (Such as blister packaging for tablets, the boxes those tablets go in to etc), it is not surprising that medical packaging has now grown in to a large industry in its own right.
Simply put millions of medicines from tablets, to injections are used Worldwide everyday, in fact the packaging requirement for medical items is probably only second to packaging for foodstuffs. Elk Grove
Medical packaging can vary from vials of medicines for injections, the needles for giving those injections, through to packs of tablets. All of these types of medical packaging are disposable and are produced in huge volumes daily.
It can also take the form of highly specialized packaging for transporting organ donors, or blood as an example. As most medical instruments are very delicate they will need to be specially packaged, as they may be shipped long distances Worldwide, in varying forms of transport. This means they need to be shipped in highly durable and shock resistant packaging materials to make sure they get there safely.
Unfortunately a large number of the disposable items of packaging, such as blister packs of tablets, or packs of needles cannot yet be made of recyclable materials due to the need to keep the items perfectly sterile in their packing.
It maybe in the future that it is possible to use more recyclable packaging in the medical industry, however many items used need to be safely disposed of by burning them, such as used needles.
Overall medical packaging is one of the most diverse forms of packaging in use Worldwide.