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Manufacturing
New Manufacturing Challenges

Changing Lanes

New products mean new manufacturing systems, and as more complex products are created, drug production will have to adapt to the innovations coming from the development laboratories. Matthew Chandler at Sagentia Ltd shows manufacturers the way ahead.
 
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Prefilled Syringes: Filling Systems

The Future of Processing


Several market drivers are steering the prefilled syringe industry into new territory, requiring producers to step up their filling and closure systems, as Klaus Ullherr at Robert Bosch GmbH explains.
 
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Manufacturing Environment

Taking Care of Air


Air quality, humidity and temperature need to be monitored closely to ensure a stable manufacturing environment. Chris Hansford at Hansford Sensors presents guiding principles and technologies for maintaining air within required specifications.
 
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Prefilled Syringes: Quality by Design

Designed, Sealed and Delivered


A quality by design approach can render a syringe manufacturing facility that truly lives up to its potential and ensures a superior return on investment through an optimised plant structure, as Kay Schmidt at Catalent Pharma Solutions shows.
 
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Quality Control

Total Recall

In most cases, product recalls are disastrous, so manufacturers should pull out all stops to eliminate the possibility. This process can be assisted by suitable in-line testing and checks, as Todd Blonshine at Mustard Tree Instruments explains.
 
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Cool Chain, Cargo & Logistics
Clinical Trial Logistics: IT Systems

Chain Control

The march of technology will enhance management of the R&D supply chain and enable a clearer picture of product movement through superior IT solutions, as Dirk Machert and Jens Mattuschka at PAREXEL International present.
 
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The End of the Line

Is Bigger Better?

A packaging solution needs to be the best, rather than just the biggest, points out Richard Harrop.
 
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Spotlight: Cool Chain Association

The Ultimate Aim

The current initiatives of the Cool Chain Association promise to bring safer products into the supply chain and reduce the potential for waste.
 
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Air Cargo

Jet Set


How difficult is it to transport drugs by air? Christopher Dehio at Lufthansa Cargo AG explains why this method has a history of danger, and picks out the points in the process where temperaturesensitive cargo is most at risk.
 
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Transport Media

A Safe Platform

Jim Hardisty at Goplasticpallets.com
discusses physical risk in the logistics environment, and how devices such as pallets should be chosen carefully to ensure the safety of transport personnel.
 
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Drug Delivery 
Prefilled Syringes: Device Design

Style and Substance

To ensure patient safety and adherence, as well as create brand value, the design of a prefi lled syringe must be user-focused, and should encompass several guiding principles as part of the design concept, as Dan Formosa at Smart Design points out.

 
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Packaging, Packing & Anti-Counterfeiting
Global Packaging Strategies

Location, Location, Location


Streamlining the supply chain is the obvious option for companies looking to trim the fat from their distribution budget. But as Daniel Nott at Honeywell points out, they should also consider packaging technology itself, which can now provide protection for truly international conditions.
 
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Patient Information Leaflets

On the Same Page

Neil Gleghorn at Kallik highlights how patient information leafl ets are undergoing a transformation, and points to new EU readability guidelines that will require packagers to take a more proactive approach to keeping end-users informed.
 
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Primary Packaging

The Extractable Question

Michael Creese at Smithers Rapra
reviews the current trends in extractables and leachables testing, and makes several points of comparison between approaches in the pharmaceutical, food and medical device industries.
 
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Traceability: 21 CFR Part 11

Timed to Perfection

Electronic packaging systems that track products effectively are now a central element in the supply chain. Rob Dinsmore at SolutionsPT introduces the concept of ‘availability’, which can be incorporated into tracking systems in the form of hardware and software to eliminate costly errors.
 
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Radio-Frequency Identification

Riding the New Wave

As new technology and handheld devices continue their rise to dominance, Randy Stigall at UPM identifies the ways in which tracking pharmaceutical products can be made easier by buying into these new solutions, including near fi eld communication.
 
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Formulations, Ingredients and Excipients
API Manufacturing

Novel Dispensation

Howard Biddle at 42 Technology discusses the need for effective API dispensation for oral dosage, and shows how sticky web technology provides a simple yet precise option that is starting to be commercialised on a wider scale.
 
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Edited by
Randice Altschul
Chief Executive Officer at Pop Test and Palisades Therapeutics

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August, and November

News and Press Releases

BioIVT Acquires UK-based Clinical Trials Laboratory Services

BioIVT, a leading provider of research models and services for drug development, today announced that it has acquired Clinical Trials Laboratory Services (CTLS), a donor center and laboratory based in London, UK. CTLS provides dedicated high-quality serum, plasma and blood collection services. It also offers full-service cell processing capabilities on site.
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White Papers

Extractables and Leachables Testing: A Risk Based Approach

RSSL

Pharmaceutical products are in contact with many external components during both manufacture and usage and small amounts of chemicals may leach from these components with a potential health risk to the patient. Extractables and leachables (E&L) studies therefore play an important role in verifying the safety of a drug product over its lifetime. Regulatory organisations such as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMEA) are taking an increased interest in the interactions of various drug delivery devices, pharmaceutical product containers and medical devices with drug product and/or patient and this field is therefore growing in importance. Regulatory guidelines indicate that an extractables profile should be determined for all materials that contact the drug product. Once established, this profile can be used to determine whether any of these extractables are present as leachables within the product. If a leachable is detected, amounts can be determined using validated analytical methods, after which a biological risk can be established based on the exposure. This white paper will provide an overview of the processes used to determine extractables and leachables from plastics.
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Industry Events

SAPHEX 2018

1-2 November 2018, Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, South Africa

The SAPHEX exhibition and conference is now established as the “go-to” networking and business event for anyone working in the South African pharmaceutical manufacturing industry.
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