Demand for small batches of pharmaceuticals and medical devices has exploded in recent years, owing to a number of factors, including the rise of personalized medicines and orphan drugs and the industry need to produce small batches economically. This has led to larger pharmaceutical manufacturers and CMOs (Contract Manufacturing Organisations) struggling to accommodate occasional low volumes on their high-speed production lines.
Sepha has introduced the new service in response to this challenge amid increasing calls for support from its larger pharmaceutical customers.
“Customers were looking to us for support with small runs. Some were having to halt 24/7 high speed blister lines to produce a few hundred sample packs. This is not what these lines were designed for and cannot be justified in terms of line clearance and changeover times. Sepha, on the other hand, is ideally placed to take on small runs, as we have all the know-how we have built up over the years with our laboratory-scale EZ Blister packaging projects, consisting of design, manufacture, process parameter optimization and analysis,” explains Paul Smith, Managing Director of Sepha.
He continues: “We believe we have something unique in the marketplace. We have a breadth of experience – spanning pharmaceutical packaging equipment, leak testing, deblistering and packaging design – that is unrivalled in the small volume contract packaging space. In the last 40 years we have partnered hundreds of pharmaceutical companies across the globe and have brought to market over a thousand different blister designs. This new service brings all these strands of our experience together in an exciting offer that will support our customers’ product quality, time to market and pack integrity ambitions.”
Sepha’s contract packaging division will operate from a new packaging facility in Belfast. Housing a range of dedicated blister packaging equipment, it will be able to accommodate the gamut of small-batch packaging projects, from cold-form and thermoform blisters to MAP packs, trays for medical devices, and temperature and humidity controlled packaging.
Sepha will also draw on over 30 years of design experience to offer a holistic blister packaging development service, complete with QA and non-destructive leak testing. Encompassing material selection, tooling design and 3D prototyping, the full-service offering will be particularly attractive to manufacturers looking to test or compare different materials and designs on a pilot scale.
The new contract packaging service is geared towards companies looking to outsource anything from 100 up to 10,000 packs per week, either as one-off runs or longer-term contracts. These might be packs for use in stability studies, multiple formats for patient compliance testing or marketing samples, for example. Multi-national pharmaceutical manufacturers wanting to focus on drug development and outsource the packaging of solid dose tablets, capsules and medical devices will be the main beneficiaries. Sepha is also keen to work with larger CMOs, for whom small or ad-hoc contracts are not always viable.
“We see ourselves working in partnership rather than in competition with large CMOs. We will nurture customers during the low volume, early life cycle stage, then, when a few hundred or thousand blisters becomes a few million, we will work closely with their chosen CMO to ensure a smooth transition into large scale production,” explains Smith.
Whilst the UK & Ireland and Western Europe will be Sepha’s primary target market, the service will be accessible to manufacturers and CMOs across the globe, thanks to strategic partnerships with specialist providers of temperature-controlled logistics with full track & trace.
However, for efficient filling of these often very dusty materials, good ventilation of the sack is required at the same time. How can these conflicting requirements of good venting and high sealing at the same time be combined? Complex venting systems, so-called labyrinth systems, are the answer. The POLYTEX as the universally applicable tube former from W&H is able to apply these complex venting systems.
Prefilled syringes are now used across a wide array of therapeutics sectors outside of the traditional domains of anticoagulants and vaccines. The use of prefilled syringes is expected to accelerate over the coming decades. The advantages of prefilled syringes are minimizing drug waste, increasing product life span. For healthcare workers, prefilled syringes are recognized as an efficient, reliable and convenient method for drug administration. Prefilled provide greater patient safety by reducing the potential for inadvertent needle sticks and exposure to toxic products that can occur while drawing medication from vials. Prefilled syringes, with their pre measures dosage, can reduce dosing errors and increase patient compliance. For improved drug efficacy through prefilled syringes we have to go perform functional and qualification test. In our upcoming webinar we will be covering following points like:
What is Prefilled Syringe
- Benefits of prefilled syringe
- Types of pre filled syringe
- Qualification and functional testing of PFS
- PFS development and licensing
- Human factors
- Manufacturing Requirements
- Glass barrel or plastic barrel, needle and needle shield
- Cosmetic imperfections
- Extractable and Leachable
- Plunger stopper suitability
- Container closure integrity
- Drug product compatibility
- Functional Testing of PFS
- Packaging of PFS
The webinar will be live two times on 2nd February 2021 to have global coverage. You can choose your preferred time slot. Webinar is free but recordings/presentation copy will be available at a nominal fee and you can decide to buy it after the webinar if you like Generic Prefilled Vaccine Syringes (packagingconnections.com) Looking forward to see you at Webinar
Gurugram, India, 02Feb 2021- Packaging Connections has started with a series of webinars during January’2021. After successfully completing the first one on “Packaging Connections A New Start-2021”. The company is coming up with a new free webinar on an important topic PFS. The company has completed the initial research on “Functional and Qualification Test for Prefilled Syringes” The Webinar will cover Qualification and Functional testing of PFS:
When their customer was looking for a solution combining security features, improved access to the product, intuitive use, sustainability and high-quality appearance, many solutions were discussed by the AR Packaging team. To ensure a favourable price and flexible delivery, conventional materials were agreed upon. The final result was the Pandora box, a single piece, child resistant packaging, made up of cardboard suitable for the pharmaceutical industry with barrier function. Due to its clever construction it can be automatically processed and packed at high speed. And although the concern for safe opening was high, the package is still simple to open and offers ease of use since consumers can easily remove the product.
- Developed for automatic processing
- Folding carton solution with barrier function
- Intuitive and easy use
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- Non-food consumers goods
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PFS is one of the key way of packaging many injectibles and vaccines. Normally high value drugs are packed into PFS and PFS could be either glass or plastics. The quality testing and functional requirements are the key criteria to accept the PFS. This is the topic not much talked about but very closely followed by various pharmaceutical companies. Keeping in mind its importance, we have designed a one hous technical webinar around this topic in our upcoming webinar on Functional and Qualification tests for Prefilled Syringes and will be covering mainly the following points like:
What is Prefilled Syringe
• Benefits of prefilled syringe
• Types of pre filled syringe
• Qualification and functional testing of PFS
o PFS development and licensing o Human factors
o Manufacturing Requirements
o Glass barrel or plastic barrel, needle and needle shield
o Cosmetic imperfections
o Extractable and Leachable
o Plunger stopper suitability
o Container closure integrity
o Drug product compatibility
o Functional Testing of PFS
• Packaging of PFS
The webinar will be live two times( 2pm-3pm and 8pm-9pm) on 2nd February 2021 to have global coverage. You can choose your preferred time slot. Webinar is free but recordings/presentation copy will be available at a nominal fee and you can decide to buy it after the webinar if you like. Generic Prefilled Vaccine Syringes (packagingconnections.com). For Registration click on the link: https://webinar.packagingconnections.com/event/webinar-on-functional-and...
Looking forward to see you at Webinar.
We regularly keep in touch with our stakeholders and based on their feedback, we have decided to postpone our show until 13th – 14th October 2021, so that we can continue to provide the same service and deliver an event in line with what you’ve come to expect from Pharmapack Europe. The new dates will give us more certainty about international travel reopening and enable us to put on a successful event for everyone.
We’re writing to let you know this now so that you have ample time to rearrange your travel and accommodation as necessary.
No matter what the situation is at the time, the health and safety of our visitors, exhibitors and staff is our top priority. We will follow all government and health authority recommendations as well as Informa AllSecure standards to ensure you can attend our event with confidence.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support!
We look forward to seeing you, in person next autumn.
Crystal Lake, Illinois, January 14, 2021 - AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE: ATR), a global leader in drug delivery, consumer product dispensing and active packaging solutions, today declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.36 per share. The payment date is February 17, 2021, to stockholders of record as of January 27, 2021.
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