By Christine Banaszek, Charles Ross and Son Company
Laboratory testing is an integral part of equipment procurement. In the case of mixing and blending equipment, two or more fundamentally different devices may present to be viable solutions to a particular process, and the only way of determining the best technology is by performing lab tests. This hands-on approach works best when the main variables — raw materials, temperature, pressure, batch size, etc. — are simulated as close as possible to the actual process.
By Dr Lynne Murdoch, Bioquell UK Ltd The Bioquell Room Bio-Decontamination Service was the only solution for a major, multinational pharmaceutical company that required their production lines within a European manufacturing facility to be sterilized in a short period of time.
By Kevin Zarnick, Thermo Fisher Scientific Using metal detection as a means of identifying foreign object contamination has been prevalent in the food industry for decades. Although metal detection has also been in use to identify the presence of ferrous, nonferrous, or stainless-steel contaminants throughout the past 40 years in the pharmaceutical industry, it has not been widespread.
By Dr Professor Dorian Dixon, Sepha Achieving excellence in quality and efficiency standards has become the talking point within the pharma industry. Whether it is blue-chip pharmaceutical companies looking to increase their competitiveness against the threat of generics, or the indigenous pharmaceutical companies in developing countries looking to increase their export product to the lucrative western market, it is on everyone's lips.
By Richard Beeny, LifeScience Logistics In the past, most pharmaceutical companies performed their warehouse and distribution services within their own facilities, with very few outsourcing these processes to third parties. The supply chain was much simpler then, essentially getting a product from point A to point B.
By Gail Dutton, Contributing Editor, Life Science Leader Aside from regulatory compliance, pharmaceutical companies say the main benefit of serialization will be its support of anticounterfeiting and diversion efforts, which translates to patient safety.
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