Secured packaging of a particular drug not only allows it to be the most effective but also keeps the product
sterile. Although microscopic, microbes are more massive than any gas molecule. Microbial barriers are safe
and secure packaging housing medical devices keeping them sterile up to the point of use. Sometimes, A
heavy plastic sealed pouch can help protect the medication after the makers place them inside a box, bottle,
or carton. Several doctors wanted to see how effective specific packaging could be. In a study – named
Examining the Effect of Secondary Packaging on Microbial Penetration into Sterile Medical Device Trays – these
doctors set out to determine the effectiveness of such packaging.
The study’s stated goals were to answer two questions: First, what is the effect of secondary packaging on
microbial penetration of sterile medical device trays; and second, given a carton as the secondary package,
does the presence of a lid affect the microbial penetration of the dishes? Researchers used one hundred
twenty different samples in this study. For Lenox Laser’s contribution to the analysis, we laser-drilled one
hundred µm sized holes in about forty samples in lidded trays packaging cartons. The samples were later
uniquely identified. Those required to secure any pharmaceutical must do Container Closure Integrity Testing
(CCIT) to ensure sterile pharmaceuticals and, therefore, provides maximum patient safety. For extra protection,
each package was swabbed with alcohol when being prepped. In the end, the study found that samples
placed in pouches rather than cartons limited the growth of microbes rather significantly. The work by Lenox
Laser and other contributors helped achieve the goals of the study.
It was thanks to this team’s dedication to testing and public safety that with this new information, it shall lead
to great leaps in the pharmaceutical industry, which is undoubtedly needed now more than ever. We give our
thanks to the Rochester Institute of Technology for allowing us to take part in this fantastic process. To see the
full study, click here.