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Global pharmaceutical packaging demand could reach $112bn in 2021

Demand for pharmaceutical packaging globally is projected to advance 6% a year to reach a value of $112bn in 2021, according to Freedonia’s latest study.

Aging populations, rising levels of acute and chronic conditions, and new product introductions will drive demand. These and other trends are presented in Global Pharmaceutical Packaging, 12th Edition, a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm.

Prefillable syringes will post the fastest gains of any pharmaceutical container, increasing 9.0% per year through 2021. Demand will be supported by expanding applications in the administration of critical care, emergency, and self-injectable parenteral medication. Advances in biotechnology, nanotechnology, and other advanced drug delivery technologies will increase the range of pharmaceuticals adaptable to this packaging.

Western Europe will continue to make up the greatest share of pharmaceutical packaging demand. Demand is spurred by the region's large, advanced drug-producing industry that develops new packaging systems and introduces sophisticated therapies with specialized packaging needs.