Pharmapack Europe has announced the winners of the 2021 Pharmapack Awards, and, due to the exceptional quality of this year’s entries, seven winners have been chosen across both the ‘Exhibitor Innovation’ and ‘Health Product’ awards.
The Exhibitor Innovation awards recognised four winners, along with one highly-commended product. Eveon was given the ‘routes of administration’ innovation award for their Intuity Spray which offers an accurate airless mist delivery with small particles to enhance surface covering. Nemera received an award for the ‘connected devices and wearables’ category for their Symbioze on-body injector. This sustainable alternative to self-injecting medication uses both reusable and disposable parts that are suitable for various drug platforms and cartridges.
The ‘primary packaging’ innovation award was given to ARaymondlife for OR2Pack, with Heinlein receiving a commendation. Finally, Hoffman Neopac was the recipient of the ‘Excellence in Packaging Sustainability’ award for their Polyfoil Mono-Material Barrier Tube. This tube is fully recyclable and gives protection to a wide range of pharma formulas.
In the Health Product awards, innovation was recognised across three categories for the first time. UCB Pharma won the Eco-Design award in partnership with CIMZIA for its 2×200 mg Syringe Maintenance Kit that incorporates innovative packaging to focus on sustainability while also addressing the unique needs of those living with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Abbott Healthcare received the ‘Patient-centric Design’ award for their AcuDose product. This innovative measuring cap conveniently doses an accurate amount for the patient. The convenient packaging also reduces exposure to the environment and is travel-friendly. In a newly created ‘animal health’ category, Boehringer Ingleheim Vetmedica was awarded for their Aservo EquiHaler. It allows ease in the treatment of severe equine asthma. It also represents the first worldwide registered drug delivery device product for the treatment of horses by inhalation. With its integrated Soft Mist Technology, the medication can go deep into the lungs.
“Innovation and exploring new ways to overcome challenges has been integral to everything the industry has achieved in the last two years. Pharma packaging and drug delivery devices are no exception to this and the quality of our entries and the new products coming to market will help improve sustainability, patient compliance and the efficacious delivery of medicines to patients. So, I congratulate all the winners for advances they have made,” commented Tara Dougal, Head, Content and Insights, Pharmapack Europe.”
Professor Phillipe Arnaud, Chair, Health Product Awards Jury, commented, “After much discussion, we decided to attribute a special prize for Animal Health to the Aservo EquiHalerfrom Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica; the Jury were impressed by the innovative nature of the device, and its sustainable development approach. Compliance in animal health is a challenge, particularly with large animals and for asthmatic treatments. We look forward to seeing user feedback and case studies for this product.”