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Product quality, people safety and sustainability through pharma packaging – What, Why and How  

Prabir Kumar Das, Head - Pkgg Tech Services, OSD (India) Mylan Laboratories elaborates on several important aspects of packaging and labelling in the pharma industry such as how to reevaluate packaging needs without overburdening the society or the environment

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When the entire world is under the threat of a deadly pandemic, it is time to introspect about ourself, our systems and procedures, habits and practices, standards and controls, not only for our own survival but also to ensure safety and security of the next generation. The bigger question is now the sustainability of human civilisation. While we are under stress, our next generation is under pressure and they will simply follow us as mentors to sustain their lives. It is also prudent to recapitulate what we have learnt so far in our social life and in our profession. Let us review how can we face the challenges and how can we ensure the smooth flow of life through simplicity. The need of the hour is to ensure the safety of human health with all essential goods and services across the territories.

Apart from contemporary and conventional topics like quality and compliance or supply chain security, there is a growing concern about sustainability. How can we ensure that the momentum of human civilisation is maintained in a clean and healthy environment? How will our next generation sustain future challenges in a better manner? How can crisis and risk be minimised through knowledge, education and wisdom? How will statutory and regulatory norms be designed and controlled to maintain a uniform standard? How can technology and innovation strengthen the product-people connectivity and thereby propel the development and growth of the civilisation?

Here are a few points for brainstorming during this introspection period:

How can we optimise resources and improve our habits and practices to reduce the load on our friendly environment?

Being subject matter experts how can we reevaluate our packaging need for different