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Medicines and medical devices in Bag-on-Valve

As many of you may already know Bag on Valve (BoV) is a versatile packaging solution, used for a variety of products, from food to medical barrier sprays.

A growing use for the Bag-on-Valve system is with medical products classified as drugs or over the counter medical devices. As opposed to traditional aerosols, BoV maintains your products integrity, keeping your product separated from the propellant at all times. Therefore, customers can trust the quality and consistency of the product when using BoV pharma and medical devices.

Product classifications

In the healthcare marketplace you find products that are classified as:

  • pharmaceuticals

  • herbal products

  • homeopathic remedies

  • cosmetics

  • biocides

  • medical devices (more…)

Manufacturing of BoV Products

Bag-on-Valve (BoV) is a barrier packaging technology for companies with liquid or viscous products, looking to stand out from the competition.

Why not use traditional aerosols? In comparison to traditional aerosols, BoV separates your product from the propellant, keeping your product pure. BoV packaging is 100% recyclable, leaving a low ecological footprint. And most importantly, Bag-on-Valve is convenient and reliable for the end user.

Still not convinced? The following is a brief overview of how companies, like Aurena Laboratories manufacture and package Bag-on-Valve products.

How the Bag-on-Valve manufacturing process works

Bag on Valve Contract ManufacturersStandard BoV packaging covers a broad range from 30 to 500ml containers. Typically, BoV uses standard and fully recyclable aerosol aluminium cans with 1 inch can openings, together with foil-based packaging bags of multi-layer film laminates (for instance PET/ALU/OPA/PP). The bag is welded to the aerosol valve, which is crimped to the aerosol can in the filling process.

When the valve is crimped to the can the propellant, compressed air or nitrogen, is  filled into the area between the bag and the can, keeping product and propellant separate at all times. This pressurising process is called under the cup gassing (UTC). The product in the bag encompasses 60 per cent of the can’s brim capacity, while the remaining 40 per cent is occupied by the propellant.

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Decoration opportunities with BoV products

Aurena Customer Service Manager Åsa Nordvall

The following blog post was written by the Aurena Customer Service Manager and Bag-on-Valve packaging expert, Åsa Nordvall.

In today’s market, companies will go through extensive efforts to get the right shelf height in super markets or product placement in drug stores. But, have you thought about using high-quality graphics to catch and hold consumer interest?

The innovative form of packaging, Bag on Valve (BoV) offers a number of benefits, including; convenience to the end user, can be sprayed at all angles and is fully recyclable. But, it also stands out due to it’s unique sizes and customizable labelling designs.

The BOV packaging offer opportunities to stand out on the shelf

In the OTC-market, BoV aerosol products are often packed in a printed carton box together with a patient information leaflet.

However, the aluminium container itself can be decorated in ways that may eliminate the need for secondary packaging. The following are common decorating options for bag on valve products. (more…)

Packaging: Keep your Product’s Integrity

Bag On Valve Spray CanIntegrity can be defined as being “the quality or state of being complete or undivided” – Meridian Webster.

With the one-way dispensing valve, total separation of product and propellant and a bag with superior barrier properties, Bag-on-Valve offers an optimal packaging solution for many health care products.

As an airless, one-way valve system, no contamination will come from outside the bag. Thus, BoV offers complete oxygen protection, microbiological safety and possible product sterility throughout the entire shelf-life.

New life of Pharma Products using BoV

Putting your product into BoV packaging can improve your product, increase the marketing opportunities, and add new claims to the formulation. For many products formulated for BoV the amount of preservatives needed will be very low and may in some cases be excluded altogether. For sterile products it is possible to arrange aseptic filling or use gamma irradiation to achieve sterility. The propellants eliminate the need for pumping out the content, which often is a great advantage compared to, for example, pump sprays or trigger sprays. Instead the content can be sprayed, smoothly and evenly, giving the user perfect control over the administration of the product.

If you are a product manager for an innovative marketing company, you may be able to challenge established brands by using this alternative spraying technology.

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Aluminum, the #1 choice for Bag on Valve for the Pharma industry

Bag on Valve Environmental BenefitsDid you know that according to the International Aluminum Institute, aluminum is infinitely recyclable? Of the 1 billion tons of aluminum ever produced, about 75% of that is still in use. An article written by the National Geographic states that recycling old cans into new ones uses 95% less energy and produces 95% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than producing new cans entirely from scratch. In fact, the recovered aluminum processed in a typical year saves the energy equivalent of 1.3 billion gallons of gasoline.

With the growing demand for Bag on Valve products, manufacturing companies, such as Aurena Laboratories AB are looking for the most cost effective and environmentally sound materials to produce their products.  Aluminum is the material of choice for pharmaceutical companies looking for a packaging container that gives a low ecological footprint. (more…)

Bag on Valve in Over-the-Counter products

Every day more and more consumers are switching from prescription to nonprescription health care products. Tax based health care services are increasing costs, government regulations are becoming more invasive, making it more difficult to release new products to the market.  With this industry shift, the Over-the-counter product trend has grown rapidly as it offers convenient and affordable healthcare products for the consumers.

Over-the-counter, also known as “OTC” is medicine (drug)  products or medical devices which can be purchased without a prescription. In many countries, OTC drugs are selected by a regulatory agency to ensure that they are ingredients that are safe and effective when used without aphysician’s care.

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Growing Demand for Saline Spray Products in Bag on Valve

A segment in which has been especially successful on some markets in recent years, is Bag on Valve aerosol sprays with different kinds of saline solutions. This growth has been brought on by the wide range of saline based products available on the market, complemented by the benefits of Bag on Valve technology.

Why use saline solutions in Bag on Valve packaging?

Saline solutions offer a number of benefits for the consumer:

  • User friendly

  • Inexpensive

  • Effective

  • Can be sold as OTC-products

Given these advantages, Bag on Valve (BoV) Contract Manufacturer’s (CMO’s), such as Aurena Laboratories, have recognized the opportunity to develop superior (more…)

Diversify your product line with BOV


In the pharma industry, there is an increased interest in giving old products new, more convenient applications, as well as finding niches for totally new products using Bag-on-Valve (BoV) technology for packaging and administration. Applications now cover a wide variety of  drug delivery products and disinfectant sprays, among others. There is a slow but growing consumer awareness regarding BoV products. Global volumes increase from year to year, replacing typical pump and dispensing sprays as well as traditional aerosols.

Bag on Valve, a Diverse Range of Pharmaceutical Applications

With its many dispensing possibilities, BoV is suitable for direct dispensing, even in such sensitive areas as eyes or ears or with children. After an eye accident, for Bag on Valve Systeminstance, it is very important to rinse the eye in the first seconds. BoV portable eyewash spray makes a good choice when a piped eye wash station is not available. With a 240ml can, equipped with a spray actuator giving a very soft spray, it is now possible to flush the eye constantly for more than 15 minutes. But it doesn’t stop at eye washes, Bag on Valve can be used for a wide range of pharmaceutical and over the counter (OTC) products, including: (more…)

Integrity of Brands: Benefits of Private Labelled Medical Devices

Bag on Valve (BOV) products for the pharmaceutical and healthcare markets are often manufactured by contract manufacturing organisations (CMOs), such as Aurena. For sterile products, some CMOs of BOV can offer aseptic production while other products achieve sterility by use of terminal gamma irradiation. Other benefits include, decreased cost of development or increased marketing opportunities for the products. Whatever the reason, BOV contract manufacturing organizations are an efficient, environmentally friendly and cost effective solution to source new healthcare products.

Benefits of Aurena’s Product Program

Bag-on-ValveAs an alternative to contract manufacturing of customer specific products, Aurena Laboratories, offers already CE-marked medical device products, developed in-house, for companies to sell and distribute under their own brands. The brand name and artwork design of the new private label will be added to the technical file (dossier) of the registered product and become a part of the registered product.

The procedures will be different depending on the classification of the product. Depending on the type of contractual arrangement between the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer)  and the brand owner (Own Brand Labeller)  it can be either the OEM or the brand owner that is stated as the legal manufacturer. This can ensure total integrity of the brand, as the original production source is not disclosed on the packaging. (more…)

BOV: Convenient and Environmentally – friendly

Apart from being one of the most interesting ways of packaging and dispensing pharma and medical device products, BOV is an innovative technology, lowering the environmental footprint during the packaging process and improving convenience through the application process.

Sustainable Health Care Dispensing Systems

Bov - Bag on Valve

The unique Bag-on-Valve system is developed to not only produce a superior spray dispensing system, but to reduce our ecological footprint through a sustainable packaging process. Bag-on-Valve accomplishes this through the reduction of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) compared with the traditional aerosols. VOC’s are organic chemicals with a high vapor pressure which contribute to air pollution outdoors and inside our homes. VOC’s are regulated by law, especially indoors, where concentrations are the highest.

The BOV system uses nitrogen or compressed air as propellant, leaving a smaller ecological footprint. The (more…)