Biomaster adds value to medical packaging

Addmaster Managing Director Paul Morris delivered a talk on the benefits of antimicrobial additives for healthcare at the recent Medical Packaging Seminar sponsored by Wipak.

This international seminar, which gathered around fifty people from all over Europe and Asia, was  intended for professionals responsible for medical device packaging and its product development, marketing, procurement, operations management and quality.

Participants were given an insight into medical packaging standards, with the focus on practice, important aspects of medical grade films and medical papers, procedures for process qualification of packaging machine and testing for final medical device packages.

The process of developing packaging for a medical device is a complicated task, from packaging material selection to packaging process validation, standardization and testing of the packaging performance. 10% of medical device recalls are attributable to packaging failures.

Wipak is leading global supplier of quality packaging films, including high-end packaging solutions for medical devices. In 2013 the company introduced Biomaster-treated films, papers and pouches to give additional protection for patients against healthcare associated infections.

Wipak Product Manager Nina Tillaéus explains: “Our new antibacterial product line gives additional protection for patients. Although the inner side of the package is sterile the outer side can act as carrier to bacteria and contaminate instruments if package is carelessly handled.”

The Wipak Preventing Bacteria product line has an active antibacterial barrier on the outer packaging, whether it is film, paper or both, which inhibits the growth of bacteria. The technology has been successfully tested against most common organisms such as MRSA, E.coli and Salmonella.

Biomaster antibacterial protection is especially useful in medical devices with a high infection risk, such as catheters.

Addmaster MD Paul Morris says: “the conference audience were very receptive to discuss the benefits of using silver in medical products. They were particularly interested in the history of silver as an antimicrobial and how Biomaster can be adapted for different applications to give long term antibacterial protection”.

*Please note that Addmaster was acquired by the Polygiene Group AB in January 2021, so all news articles prior to that date will still be branded as Addmaster.