By Suzanne Elvidge, Contributing Editor
Parallel trade, the free movement of goods across Europe from lower-value to higher-value markets, has had a major impact on the European pharmaceutical industry since the 1970s. Parallel trade is viewed rather differently by pharmaceutical companies and parallel traders, and this made for some contrasting perspectives at the SMi Group's 8th Parallel Trade conference, held in London in February 2014.
By Mike Buckwalter, Terra Universal
Desiccator storage has become critical in more and more manufacturing operations. A look at the costly effects of moisture exposure explains why. As critical components become smaller and more sophisticated, their susceptibility to moisture damage increases. Once absorbed by sensitive components, water creates a number of potentially disastrous conditions. Even minute traces of oxidation, the most notorious result of moisture exposure, can degrade soldering and other manufacturing processes.
By Robert Rosen, Filamatic
There are a few questions to ask yourself when determining which liquid filling machine is right for your project. As each machine is unique in its filling techniques and performance abilities, certain questions that are asked will help to narrow down the choices and select a machine that will best suit your application.
By Gregory Krueger, Field Marketing Manager, Sartorius Stedim Biotech
Removing residual contaminants from a protein solution at large scale is rarely a straightforward process. Handling large process volumes and working with buffer conditions incompatible with downstream processing steps is costly and time-consuming. Dilution and other steps to adjust conditions simply add time and cost to a process without improving the purity of the target molecule.
By Bruce McDuffee, Vaisala Life Science Division
"Please tell me how to map this chamber!" This is a plea we hear at every Vaisala Good Manufacturing Practice seminar. The question deals with environmentally controlled chambers, everything from small refrigerators or freezers to walk-in chambers or even large warehouses regulated under cGMP guidelines. Attendees who ask the question are usually more interested in how to map a chamber for maximum reliability or effectiveness, as opposed to meeting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations.