How to Combine Serialisation and Late Stage Customisation

Oct 10, 2017

Serialisation of prescription medicines will become mandatory in the EU on February 9, 2019, resulting in new labelling requirements as a prerequisite for market access. Pharmaceutical manufacturers must therefore invest in suitable solutions now. Simultaneously, late-stage customisation is getting increasingly important due to continuously decreasing batch sizes. Helmut Schneider, Product Manager in Atlantic Zeiser‘s Pharma & Packaging Solutions division, analyses the different steps to consider where in the production process to most sensibly perform serialisation. The solution chosen by the pharmaceutical company will depend on the existing infrastructure as well as several other factors. ...

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Steps to Properly Inspect & Purchase a Tablet Press in the US and Abroad

Oct 10, 2017

Mark Middlemist, Pharmaceutical Equipment Expert at Equipnet, focusses on tablet presses – sharing tips from equipment specialists who have seen more than their fair share. Here’s what engineers, technicians, and procurement professionals should thoroughly inspect before committing to purchasing a used tablet press. All of the essential information has been gathered from leading engineers, technicians, and procurement professionals to provide prospective buyers with quality tips for inspecting tablet presses. ...

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Innovation Drives Productivity and Efficiency in Tablet Production

Oct 10, 2017

Innovation drives growth, and ultimately improves productivity and efficiency. This is very much apparent in the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries, where increasing demand from the developing world is pushing tablet tooling manufacturers to be cutting-edge. This attitude to forward-thinking development has been particularly prevalent in the last decade, with shorter lead times now essential to remain competitive, says Alex Bunting, Marketing Manager at I Holland. ...

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Continuous API Manufacturing – It’s Time to Go with the Flow

Oct 10, 2017

There has been a recent surge in interest in the use of more continuous processes in the pharma industry, as the benefits have become more widely known. This is due to the availability of more expertise in the area of flow chemistry over the last decade, in combination with the need for the industry to develop safer, faster and more sustainable processes, with higher quality and less expensive products. Sam Tadayon, Executive Director at STA Pharmaceutical, specifically looks at the improvements flow chemistry can bring to process development and manufacturing for APIs. ...

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Do Sterility Test Isolators Need to be So Complicated?

Oct 10, 2017

In this feature, Gary Partington, Extract Technology Sales/ Marketing Manager, looks into a simpler system of sterility test isolators. Isolators are used to create an airtight barrier or enclosure around a piece of equipment or process, to provide absolute separation between the operator and product. According to the author, an effective sterility test isolator for low-volume testing can be a four-glove isolator with a main chamber with a safety glass hatchback window. For high-volume testing, a similarly operated isolator with six gloves or even half-suits can be used. These simpler systems achieve the goal of eliminating false positives during testing ...

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