Crunch Time: The Impact of Serialisation Requirements on Packaging Operations

Jul 27, 2017

The November deadline for including unique product identifiers on prescription drugs is putting a strain on multiple parts of the industry, much of which is ill-prepared to meet the target. Here, we look to the experience of a company that is ahead of the curve for lessons on how to manage and ease the transition to serialisation. A Q&A with Allison Gilpin, Business Unit Manager, Global Serialisation, and Ray Hook, Manager Global Serialisation Services, PCI Pharma Services. ...

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From Concept to Solution: Designing to Enhance the Multiple Roles of Pharma Packaging

Jul 27, 2017

When you walk into a store or pharmacy and see multiple similar products in the same competitive space, it is easy to understand the impact that packaging design and branding can make to consumer purchasing decisions. The initial interaction an end-user has with a product – from seeing an eye-catching design and taking it off the shelf to touching the product and reading the information – matters greatly in building a lasting connection. Alan Davies, Global Design Studio Manager for Essentra, brings together a feature on pharma packaging. ...

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Mitigating Risk Roche’s Approach to PAT Implementation in a Sodium Borohydride Product

Jul 27, 2017

Many compounds are synthesised from raw materials in multi-batch and multi-ton quantities over extended time periods. The repetitious nature of the multi-batch business has proven a rich source of opportunity for process analytical technologies (PAT) applications at Roche, for over 15 years in some cases. The key focus has been the integration of the PAT applications into the existing manufacturing systems such as automation, IT, QC, QA, maintenance, and R&D, to mitigate risk and improve process efficiently. This case study, written by Dr John O’Reilly, PAT Technology at Roche, specifically looks at the approach to PAT implementation on one such process ...

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Innovations for Prefillable Syringes

Jul 27, 2017

The field of prefillable syringes is constantly turning up new trends and developments, driven by new active ingredients and a desire for patient safety at affordable costs. As a manufacturer of prefillable syringe systems, we respond to these trends with a series of new developments and improvements in accordance with the demands of the pharmaceutical industry, doctors and nursing staff, and the patients themselves. Bernd Zeiss, Manager, Technical Support Medical Systems Business Development at Gerresheimer Bünde GmbH, reviews the innovations of prefillable syringes. ...

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Future Supply Chain Trends: The Rise of the Full-service CDMO

Jul 27, 2017

Outsourcing is on the rise, not only among big pharmaceutical firms but also with smaller emerging and even virtual companies, meaning customer requirements are more varied than ever before. As outsourcing continues to gain traction within the pharmaceutical supply chain, companies need to diversify and differentiate their offering to remain competitive. Kevin Cook, CEO of Sterling Pharma Solutions, which develops and manufactures small molecule active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), discusses the trends driving the increased demand for contract services partners and the benefits of selecting a full-service CDMO, in place of more niche providers. ...

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