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  • Published On : Oct 2023
  • Code : CMI6442
  • Pages : 160
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  • Industry : Advanced Materials

The Global Prescription Bottles Market size was valued at US$ 4.56 Billion in 2023 and is expected to reach US$ 8.13 Billion by 2030, grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.6% from 2023 to 2030.

Prescription bottles are plastic or glass containers used to store medication prescribed by healthcare professionals. They provide safe and secure storage for pills, tablets, capsules, and liquids while maintaining medication integrity. The rising geriatric population and increasing prevalence of chronic diseases are the key drivers for the prescription bottles market.

The Prescription Bottles Market is segmented by material, cap type, capacity, end-use, and region. By material, the market is segmented into plastics, glass, and others. Plastics account for the largest share due to properties like durability, flexibility, and lightweight nature.

Prescription Bottles Market Regional Insights

  • North America is expected to be the largest market for Prescription Bottles Market during the forecast period, accounting for over 24.2% of the market share in 2022. The growth of the market in North America is attributed to the well-established pharmaceutical industry and rising adoption of pediatric medications.
  • The Europe market is expected to be the second-largest market for Prescription Bottles Market, accounting for over 41.5% of the market share in 2022. The growth of the market in is attributed to the rapidly expanding generics market and increasing healthcare expenditure.
  • The Asia Pacific market is expected to be the fastest-growing market for Prescription Bottles Market, with a CAGR of over 8.2% during the forecast period. The growth of the market in Asia Pacific is attributed to rising aging population and growing demand for child-resistant packaging.

Figure 1. Global Prescription Bottles Market Share (%), By Region, 2023


Prescription Bottles Market Drivers:

  • Growth in Pharmaceutical Industry: The global pharmaceutical industry has witnessed steady growth over the past decade driven by rising prevalence of chronic diseases, increasing geriatric population, rising healthcare expenditure, and growth in emerging markets. The industry is expected to continue its growth trajectory driven by new drug launches, rising demand for biologics and biosimilars, and increasing access to healthcare globally. This presents significant opportunities for players in the prescription bottles market to cater to the increasing demand from pharmaceutical companies for secure and effective drug packaging solutions like prescription bottles. The expansion of the global pharmaceutical industry, fueled by robust pipeline drugs and increasing healthcare spending, will drive the growth of the prescription bottles market.
  • Increasing Demand for Child Resistant Packaging: There has been increasing consumer demand for child resistant packaging solutions for prescription medications in order to prevent risk of accidental ingestion by children. Regulatory authorities in developed regions like North America and Europe have implemented strict norms and standards pertaining to child resistant packaging for pharmaceuticals and drugs. This has compelled drug manufacturers and pharmacies to adopt highly effective child resistant prescription bottles and closures. The prescription bottles market is driven significantly by growing awareness on child safety and the ensuing increase in adoption of child resistant packaging for prescribed drugs and medications containing narcotics or hazardous substances.
  • Rise in Veterinary Medications: The global veterinary healthcare and medications market has witnessed exponential growth driven by increasing focus on pet health, rising companion animal population, and easy availability of OTC drugs. There has been increasing development and usage of prescription medications for animals and pets leading to higher adoption of prescription bottles and vials for secure storage and dispensing by veterinary clinics, stores, and online pharmacies. The rise in veterinary medications provides positive prospects to vendors operating in the prescription bottles market.
  • Growth of Online Pharmacies: The global online pharmacy market has witnessed stupendous growth in the past few years driven by increase in internet penetration, doorstep delivery, availability of drugs at discounted prices, and convenience. Leading e-commerce giants have ventured into online pharmaceutical retail worldwide. Online pharmacies largely rely on secure packaging solutions like prescription bottles to safely deliver medicines to customers. The boom in online pharmacies globally has presented lucrative growth opportunities for manufacturers of prescription bottles.

Prescription Bottles Market Opportunities:

  • Innovative Packaging Solutions: Companies in the prescription bottles market have immense opportunities to develop innovative packaging solutions to effectively store and dispense different forms of drugs. For instance, manufacturers can develop prescription bottles with desiccant systems for moisture sensitive drugs, light blocking bottles for photosensitive medications, dropper/liquid dispensing bottles for liquid formulations, and multi-compartment compliance packaging. Innovations also include integration of smart technology for improved patient compliance. Development of value-added features provides competitive edge to companies.
  • Recyclable and Sustainable Materials: Sustainability is an indispensable trend in the pharmaceutical packaging industry. Consumers and regulators are increasingly demanding eco-friendly and recyclable packaging solutions. Prescription bottle companies have immense prospects in leveraging recyclable materials like PET, HDPE, and PP to manufacture bottles with low carbon footprint. Further, bottles made using post-consumer recycled content addresses the circular economy goals. Pharma companies also prefer sustainable packaging solutions for their brand enhancement.
  • Market Consolidation: The competitive prescription bottles market is fragmented with presence of large number of regional and local players. Established companies have opportunities to consolidate their position through strategic mergers and acquisitions of niche manufacturers. Acquisition of smaller companies provides access to new capabilities, assets, technologies, and widens geographical presence. Market consolidation also gives significant first-mover advantage to acquirer companies in high-growth regions.
  • Emerging Markets: Developing economies like China, India, Brazil, Mexico, and Indonesia present huge untapped opportunities for prescription bottle manufacturers owing to rapidly expanding pharmaceutical and generics markets, increasing healthcare infrastructure, rising consumer health awareness, and gradual shift from traditional packaging. Companies expanding their manufacturing and distribution footprints in these high-potential markets can gain remarkably by tapping the future growth avenues.

Prescription Bottles Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2022 Market Size in 2023: US$ 4.56 Bn
Historical Data for: 2018 to 2021 Forecast Period: 2023 - 2030
Forecast Period 2023 to 2030 CAGR: 8.6% 2030 Value Projection: US$ 8.13 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa:  GCC Countries, Israel,  South Africa, North Africa, and Central Africa and Rest of Middle East
Segments covered:
  • By Material Type: Plastics, Glass, Others
  • By Cap Type: Screw Cap, Push On Cap, Child Resistant Cap, Others
  • By Capacity: Less than 10 ml, 10 - 30 ml, 31 - 60 ml, 61 - 100 ml, 100 ml & Above
  • By End-Use: Pharmaceutical Companies, Compounding Pharmacies, Veterinary, Nutraceutical Manufacturers, Others
Companies covered:

AptarGroup, Weener Plastics Group, Bormioli Rocco Pharma, Pacific Packaging Components, PCC Exol, SHL Group, O.Berk Company, Winfield Laboratories, O.Berk, Comar, RPC Group, Alpha Packaging, Pretium Packaging, Silgan Holdings, Origin Pharma Packaging, Vidchem pty ltd, Mold-Rite Plastics, Berry Global, Amcor, Gerresheimer

Growth Drivers:
  • Growth in pharmaceutical industry
  • Increasing demand for child resistant packaging
  • Rise in veterinary medications
  • Growth of online pharmacies
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Fluctuating raw material prices
  • Stringent government regulations
  • Availability of alternatives like blister packs

Prescription Bottles Market Trends:

  • Growing Adoption of Plastics: There has been a discernible shift from glass to plastic bottles in the pharmaceutical packaging sphere driven by favorable properties like unbreakability, durability, flexibility, chemical resistance, and lightweight nature. Plastics like PET, HDPE and PP provide innovative decoration and design possibilities. Pharma companies are ramping up adoption of plastic prescription bottles owing to factors like convenience, safety, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness. The trend provides immense opportunities for plastic bottle manufacturers.
  • Rising Use of Patient-centric Designs: Prescription bottle manufacturers are increasingly developing patient-centric designs and enhancing product experience through ergonomic closures, easy-to-handle bottles, clear & appealing aesthetics, and dosing aids. Features like large fonts, clear labeling and braille enablement caters specifically to geriatric and visually impaired patients. The demand for customized, patient-friendly prescription bottles that aid in medication adherence is on the rise, benefiting market players.
  • Blow Fill Seal Technology: Blow-fill-seal is an advanced aseptic manufacturing technology that allows continuous filling of liquid pharmaceuticals in pre-sterilized containers. The technology mitigates risk of product contamination and human intervention in filling process. BFS enables small and large volume batch production. Pharma companies are increasingly adopting BFS bottles and vials for sterile products including vaccines, biologics, ophthalmic drops, inhalants, and injectables. The rising utilization benefits prescription bottle manufacturers.
  • Track and Trace Solutions: Adoption of serialization and traceability technology has increased significantly in the pharmaceutical packaging industry to mitigate risk of counterfeit products entering supply chain and enable product authenticity. Prescription bottles incorporated with barcode, RFID and unique serial numbers allow complete track and trace across the supply chain. Such anti-counterfeiting measures can boost consumer confidence. Integration of serialization and blockchain provides opportunities for market players.

Prescription Bottles Market Restraints:

  • Sustainability Concerns with PVC and Glass: Polyvinyl chloride is extensively used in manufacturing prescription bottles owing to durability and low cost. However, PVC incineration releases toxic chlorine gas causing environmental concerns. The shift towards sustainable materials like PET and HDPE due to PVC associated issues can hamper its utilization. Additionally, despite offering an impermeable protective barrier, glass bottles have high breakage risk. The shift away from PVC and glass can restrain market prospects.
  • Availability of Alternative Packaging: Prescription medications are also packaged using mediums like blister packs, plastic pouches, tubes, and injectables. Innovation has led to the development of pre-filled syringes and auto injectors. The increasing availability of alternative packaging solutions that offer convenience, accuracy, and sustainability can limit adoption of prescription bottles. However, bottles remain the gold standard for oral solid and liquid medications.
  • High Manufacturing Costs: The manufacturing process of prescription bottles entails high capital investment in production and tooling equipment. Complex production process requiring precision molding and consistency in quality can increase cost for manufacturers. Also, advanced technology integration further elevates cost. The availability of low-cost imported bottles from Asian countries can limit market expansion of domestic manufacturers.

Recent Developments

New product launches

  • In January 2022, Origin Pharma Packaging launched a new range of prescription bottles made using post-consumer recycled resin. The eco-friendly bottles help in reducing carbon footprint.
  • In November 2021, Gerresheimer AG launched the Gx RTF ClearJect®, a ready-to-fill polymer syringe designed for biologics and sensitive drug molecules. It improves patient safety and convenience.
  • In June 2022, Aptar Pharma launched its Ophthalmic Squeeze Dispenser, featuring an integrated dropper bulb for accurate dosing of eye drops. It enhances patient compliance and experience.

Acquisition and partnerships

  • In January 2022, SCHOTT partnered with Sanofi to establish a new pharmaceutical glass tubing production facility in China. The JV expands production capacities in the region.
  • In June 2021, Origin Pharma acquired 100% equity stake in Avalon Laboratories, a key player in the Malaysian pharma packaging market. The acquisition expands Origin's footprint in Asia.
  • In May 2022, Pretium Packaging acquired Custom-Pak Products, a blow molder of bottles and jars used for nutritional, pharmaceutical, and personal care products. The move expands Pretium's capabilities.

Figure 2. Global Prescription Bottles Market Share (%), By Cap Type, 2023


Top companies in Prescription Bottles Market

  • Berry Global
  • Amcor
  • Gerresheimer
  • AptarGroup
  • Berk
  • Comar
  • RPC Group
  • Alpha Packaging
  • Pretium Packaging
  • Silgan Holdings
  • Origin Pharma Packaging
  • Vidchem pty ltd
  • Mold-Rite Plastics
  • Weener Plastics Group
  • Bormioli Rocco Pharma
  • Pacific Packaging Components
  • PCC Exol
  • SHL Group
  • Berk Company
  • Winfield Laboratories

Definition: The Prescription Bottles Market refers to the global market for plastic or glass bottles and containers that are used for storing and dispensing medications prescribed by healthcare professionals. Prescription bottles provide safe and secure storage for pills, tablets, capsules, and liquids while maintaining medication integrity.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Fluctuating raw material prices, stringent government regulations, availability of alternatives like blister packs, high manufacturing and tooling cost.

Growth in pharmaceutical industry, rising elderly population, increasing demand for child resistant packaging, growth of veterinary industry.

The leading component segment in the Market is the plastics segment owing to durability, flexibility and lightweight properties.

Berry Global, Amcor, Gerresheimer, AptarGroup, O.Berk, Comar, RPC Group, Alpha Packaging, Pretium Packaging, Silgan Holdings.

Asia Pacific is expected to lead the Market.

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