Pharmaceutical Packaging Market sales are set to increase at a healthy CAGR of 7.5% between 2023 and 2033

Pharmaceutical Packaging Market

According to Future Market Insights, theglobal pharmaceutical packaging market is likely to be valued at US$ 101.1 billion in 2023. By 2033, the market valuation is expected to reach a colossal valuation of US$ 206.6 billion by 2033, with overall pharmaceutical sales surging at 7.5% CAGR throughout the assessment period (2023 to 2033).

Growing demand for pharmaceutical products due to increasing prevalence of various diseases and rising health awareness is a key factor driving the global pharmaceutical packaging market forward.

Subsequently, innovation in packaging such as development of eco-friendly and sustainable pharmaceutical packaging will boost the market during the projection period.

Packaging of the pharmaceutical products is a key concern for drug manufacturers and consumers. Any negligence in packaging material or technologies can have devastating results. As a result, companies choose safe and effective packaging solutions for their medicinal products.

Pharmaceutical packaging protects drugs or medications from spoilage, leakage, and contamination. It is easy-to-use & easy-to-dispose and helps pharmaceutical companies to significantly enhance life of drugs by maintaining their integrity.

Packaging solutions for pharmaceutical products include primary packaging such as bottles, vials, ampoules, blisters, and several others, as well as secondary packaging like boxes and cartons.

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The recent exponential growth in sales of pharmaceutical packaging solutions is related to the rising need for child-resistant packaging formats to prevent children from suddenly consuming excessive amounts of medicine in absence of parents.

Pharmaceutical packaging has grown in popularity over the past few years since it provides safe and secure packaging solutions for a variety of pharmaceutical products, such as drugs or medications. Growing production and consumption of pharmaceuticals will eventually boost pharmaceutical packaging sales during the forecast period.

Future Market Insights anticipates that there will be ample opportunities for the manufacturers of pharmaceutical packaging during the projection period due to rising spending on pharmaceutical products across the world.

Key Takeaways from Pharmaceutical Packaging Market

  • By product type, the bottles segment is forecast to hold more than 31.3% of the value share by the end of 2033.
  • Based on material type, plastics segment is projected to increase at a CAGR of 7.6% during the forecast period, creating an incremental opportunity of US$ 67.4 billion by the end of 2033.
  • North America pharmaceutical packaging market is expected to expand by 2.1x of its current market value through 2033.
  • With rising consumption of pharmaceutical products as well as expansion of the pharmaceutical sector, Asia Pacific Excluding Japan (APEJ) market is anticipated to expand by 2.6x of current market value by 2033.
  • The USA is forecast to account for around 95.1% share of North America pharmaceutical packaging industry by the end of 2033.

 “Growing need for protecting medicinal products from physical, biological, and chemical factors as well as to maintain their integrity is expected to generate lucrative prospects for the global pharmaceutical packaging market during the forecast period. Besides this, development of sustainable pharmaceutical packaging will bode well for the market,”says an FMI analyst.

Rise in Per Capita Healthcare Expenditure to Facilitate Pharmaceutical Packaging Market Expansion

Considering the current scenario as well as the rising awareness about healthcare, investment in the healthcare sector is rising. Consumers are worried about the future as well as their current life which makes them think to invest in the healthcare sector.

Healthcare investment has a positive and direct correlation with the pharmaceutical industry. The pharmaceutical industry accounts for a sizable portion of the investments attracted for the expansion of the country’s economy.

As a result of consumers’ rising concern for their quality of life, there is an increase in the per capita cost of healthcare. The market for pharmaceutical packaging is expected to be positively impacted by rising healthcare spending across the world.

New Biological Drug Formulations Set to Improve Pharmaceutical Packaging Market

Novel biological drug medications are creating various complex challenges for the manufacturers of pharmaceutical packaging. The new pharmaceutical medications require innovative packaging concerning their molecule formulations and their interaction with packaging material. This is prompting manufacturers to develop new packaging formats which suit the new biological drug medications.

The glass vial is a case of a packaging format that is experiencing changes that reflect the market demand. Some novel biologics have properties that delaminate glass, prompting undesirable glass chipping in formulations.

Pharmaceutical packaging companies are currently taking a gander at how vials are framed in the heating procedure so that chipping can be alleviated. Hence, development of new biological drug formulations will trigger innovation in pharmaceutical packaging formats which will eventually boost the overall market.

Who is Winning?

Ardagh Group S.A., Amcor plc, Becton, Dickinson and Company, Berry Global Group, Inc., Westrock Company, and Mondi group, are the top pharmaceutical packaging manufacturers operating in the global market. As per FMI’s latest analysis, around 70% to 80% of the global market is expected to be held by Tier 3 players. Subsequently, key players contribute around 20 to 30% of the global market.

More Insights in Pharmaceutical Packaging Market Report

Future Market Insights, in its new report, offers an unbiased analysis of the global pharmaceutical packaging market, analyzing historical demand from 2015 to 2022 and forecast statistics for 2023 to 2033. The study reveals growth projections on the pharmaceutical packaging market based on product type (bottles {packer bottles and liquid bottles}, vials & ampoules, blisters, bags & pouches, prefilled syringes & cartridges, sachets, trays, tubes, and containers, jars, & others) and material type (plastics {polyethylene [LDPE and HDPE], polyvinyl chloride, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate, and others}, glass, metals, and paper) across seven regions.

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Top Key Players Covered-

Westrock Company., Becton, Dickinson and Company, Amcor plc, Berry Global Group, Inc., Mondi group, and Ardagh Group S.A. are some of the leading players operating in the pharmaceutical packaging market.

As per FMI analysis, the Tier 3 players in the market are estimated to hold 70-80% in the global pharmaceutical packaging market. In conclusion, key players contribute almost 20-30% of the global market. Market leaders are largely focused on product development and merger & acquisition strategies.

Sales of the pharmaceutical packaging solutions have risen exponentially in the past few years. This can be attributed to the increasing demand for child-resistant packaging formats to avoid accidental consumption. Cost-effectiveness, ease of use, and durability are key factors fuelling the demand for various packaging solutions. The pharmaceutical packaging market is anticipated to witness soaring demand as manufacturers introduce innovative easy-to-use-and-dispose features.

Packaging of the pharmaceutical products is of key importance among drug manufacturers. According to a study on the pharmaceutical packaging market by Future Market Insights (FMI), manufacturers are giving priority to clean room packaging solutions in order to control the impact of the pandemic and other ailments.

Pharmaceutical packaging solutions include primary packaging options including bottles, vials, ampoules, blister packs, in addition to secondary packaging such as boxes, cartons, and more. Of these, the demand for bottles as a suitable type of pharmaceutical packaging is considerably high.

Key Takeaways from Pharmaceutical Packaging Market Study

  • By product type, bottles are estimated to lead the market with over 30% of the value share, by the end of 2031 supported by leak-proof packaging solutions
  • Plastic is projected to be the most lucrative material in the industry creating an incremental opportunity of US$ 58.41 Bn by 2031
  • The U.S. holds dominance in the North America market with the presence of some of the leading pharmaceutical manufacturers
  • China will showcase a solid growth driven by the expansion of local pharmaceutical sector
  • Germany is projected to be dominant in Europe and is expected to continue leading as a pharma packaging manufacturing hub.

“Regulations implemented to ascertain safety of drugs & medications will create lucrative opportunities. Pharmaceutical packaging is sought-after due to its temperature & moisture resistance, durability, and ease of use. With the expansion of the pharmaceutical sector, manufacturers are likely to focus on the launch of novel technologies,” says an FMI analyst. 

Rise in Per Capita Healthcare Expenditure Augments Sales for Pharmaceutical Packaging

Considering the current scenario and rising awareness about the healthcare sector, investments in the drug and biopharmaceutical sectors are rising. Healthcare investments have had a positive and direct correlation with the pharmaceutical industry.

A major part of investments is attracted from the pharmaceutical industries for the growth of the country’s economy. The per capita expenditure on healthcare is increasing steadily due to the concerned behaviour of customers about shelf life.

As per a World Bank report, in 2018, Japan spent around 10.95% of its GDP on healthcare whereas Germany spent 11.43% of its GDP for the same. As a result, the market for pharmaceutical packaging has benefited as investments in the healthcare sector will favour growth of the pharmaceutical packaging industry.

Impact of COVID-19 on Pharmaceutical Packaging Market

The COVID-19 pandemic had a positive impact on the growth and demand for pharmaceutical packaging, supported by several factors such as an increase in the cases on-going disease, the urgent need for pharmaceutical products, and drastic demand for life-saving drugs & medicines.

Every regional market was impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which ultimately created a requirement for drugs for treatments which in turn increased the demand for pharmaceutical packaging majorly in North America, Europe, and South & East Asia.

Later, at the beginning of 2021, the demand for pharmaceutical packaging rose strongly due to a rising number of COVID-19 positive cases in addition to the prevalence of other non-contagious diseases. Considering this, the demand for vaccine, injections, medicines, and other drugs has increased, fuelling sales opportunities for pharmaceutical packaging solutions.

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Key Segments Covered in Pharmaceutical Packaging Research

Product Type

  • Bottles
    • Packer Bottles
    • Liquid Bottles
  • Vials & Ampoules
  • Blisters
  • Bags & Pouches
  • Prefilled Syringes & Cartridges
  • Sachets
  • Trays
  • Tubes
  • Containers, Jars, & others

Material Type

  • Plastics
    • Polyethylene
      • LDPE
      • HDPE
    • Polyvinyl Chloride
    • Polypropylene
    • Polyethyene Terephthalate
    • Others (Polycarbonate)
  • Glass
  • Metals
  • Paper


  • North America
  • Latin America
  • Western Europe
  • Eastern Europe
  • Middle East and Africa (MEA)
  • Asia Pacific Excluding Japan(APEJ)
  • Japan

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About the Author

Ronak Shah

Associate Vice President at Future Market Insights is deeply committed to uncovering actionable insights for consumer and food and beverage players. She brings a unique blend of analysis, industry trends, and consumer behavior to put data into perspective.

What she makes out of data becomes a delight to read. She has authored many opinions, including for publications like Process Industry Informer and Spinal Surgery News, as she understands the market pulse and consumers' shifting preferences.

She likes to bring experts to a roundtable to weigh the impact of a trend on an industry. Catch up with her discussion on the impact of AI in packaging.

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