Nested Vials for Improved Lyophilisation Efficiency

Oct 29, 2015

Lyophilisation vials are normally washed and sterilised prior to processing and filling, which requires the use of cleanrooms, washing machines and sterilisation tunnels — depending on the level of containment needed — to perform these tasks. However, to improve efficiency and to reduce time and costs, pre-washed and sterilised ready-to-use packaging materials may offer a solution and improve the overall process. Johannes Selch of ALUS, GEA, in collaboration with Gregor Deutschle of SCHOTT Pharmaceutical Packaging, discusses nested vials for improved lyophilisation efficiency. ...

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How to Tackle Counterfeiting; A Global Public Health Issue

Oct 29, 2015

Today, counterfeit products can be found in every country and every sector of the global economy. According to international organisations like the World Health Organisation, counterfeiting concerns between 5% and 9% of global trade and approximately 10% of the global pharmaceutical market. It is estimated that 50% of drugs available on the internet are counterfeit, while this figure can reach up to 70% in some African or Eastern European countries. Ian Lemon of Essentra answers the question of how to tackle counterfeiting. ...

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Sterile, High-quality Components for Increased Patient Safety

Oct 29, 2015

Quality-wise, the main focus in pharmaceutical manufacturing has been primarily on the drug product and its primary container. Many pharmaceutical and packaging manufacturers have placed emphasis on those materials in direct contact with the drug product itself, such as the glass vial, plastic syringe and elastomeric stopper or plunger. Additional packaging elements, such as caps and seals, have not been the primary focus. However, in recent years, regulatory guidelines have influenced the requirements for crimping processes significantly. Sylvia Marzotko at West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. reports on the production of sterile, high-quality components for increased patient safety. ...

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Get It Right the First Time Tips on Maximising Efficiency in Blister Packaging Development

Oct 29, 2015

For technical products across many industries, small details are often modified without customers perceiving significant visual or functional changes. Manufacturers of such products or devices implement these changes to save costs, simplify the manufacturing processes, or make a product more reliable. Typically, these alterations are relatively simple to introduce as there are no regulatory restrictions on them; so long as customers are still happy, no feathers are ruffled. Thomas Schwarz at Constantia Flexibles gives us insight to blister packaging development. ...

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Where are Pharmaceutical Anti-counterfeiting Technologies Headed?

Oct 29, 2015

Interpol estimates the annual turnover from pharmaceutical crime as USD 75 billion worldwide. In the US alone, the number of IPR-related seizures in the pharmaceutical and personal care industries amounts to USD 72,939,399 or 6% of the market share for FY2014. Improvements in technology, however, have allowed government officials, brand owners and experts in the field to curb this alarming trend. Within this editorial, Dr Fred Jordan of AlpVision answers the question; where are pharmaceutical anti- counterfeiting technologies headed? ...

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