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Medical & Pharmaceutical

The uses for polymer materials in healthcare are extremely diverse and increasingly valuable. Innovation in this sector contributes significantly to areas such as improving hygiene standards, efficiency of medication delivery and  patient well-being, including life expectancy.  Polymers are crucial to raising the overall quality of healthcare.

The medical and pharmaceutical sector is the largest contributor to R&D worldwide. The demand for new medicines, improved medical devices and other related healthcare products is growing constantly.

RAPRA understands from its extensive experience, that many R&D projects involved in the development of new medical devices or medicines extend over a long period of time (typically 15-20 years) and are highly regulated due to the necessary safety considerations. 

‘In-use’ technical issues with any materials used in the medical and pharmaceutical industry are unacceptable, so RAPRA has always supported companies striving to meet the exacting standards required to successfully develop and supply products into this sector.

Plastic polymers are widely used for medical packaging applications. They are used in a variety of medical and pharmaceutical applications such as:

  • Containers for blood, urine and ostomy products
  • Containers for intravenous solutions
  • Heart and lung bypass equipment
  • Catheters
  • Tubing for dialysis, feeding and pressure monitoring
  • Surgical or examination gloves
  • Inhalation masks etc.

Biopolymer materials are a central element in improving human health and quality of life. Applications include:

  • Biosensors
  • Medical supplies (blood bags, surgical tools)
  • Therapeutic treatments
  • Medical implants
  • Medical devices
  • Tissue engineering skin and cartilage

If you have a current issue, or are looking to undertake any new product development projects related to the medical and pharmaceutical market, RAPRA can help you with:

  • Materials Selection
  • Material Identification
  • Leachables and Extractables Studies
  • Failure Analysis
  • Product Development
  • Quality Assurance
  • Training

Submit your enquiries here – the RAPRA Polymer Helpdesk offers a fast and efficient route to the best experts and resources.