Helping Keep Pharmaceuticals Safe: Metal Detection Overview And Guidelines
Although in use for tablets and capsules by the pharmaceutical industry for 40 years, the application of metal detection at other points in the production process has not been widespread. One of the main reasons is that the most common forms of drug packaging — blisters, vials, and plastic bottles — typically incorporate a foil component making metal detection quite challenging, if not impractical.
By Erik Greb, PharmaSystems, Inc.
The pharmaceutical industry has a history of developing innovative medicines and novel drug-delivery systems, but not all of its manufacturing processes use cutting-edge technologies. Citing regulatory and technological reasons, drug companies have been reluctant to adopt robotic automation for upstream applications, such as isolated fill–finish, even though the automotive and semiconductor industries have used robots extensively for years. But changes in the market, such as increased generic competition and decreasing batch sizes, could make robots crucial to drug makers' future success.
A Q&A With Doan Pendleton, VAC-U-MAX Lean manufacturing and financial pressures loom over manufacturers. Plant managers are under increased pressure to streamline practices, while keeping product reliability and quality high. More and more often, managers who work with conveying powders and other granular items are looking to adopt automated conveying systems to help solve those problems.
By Uwe Amann, Harro Höfliger Packaging Systems In the years 1996 to 2003, the number of NMEs approved by the FDA halved, while the research expenditure in the same period almost doubled. Only roughly one in 5000 researched substances can be developed into a new drug.
By Michael Gotz, QuickSTAT One of the more challenging aspects of shipping biological commodities of all types is the regulatory requirement to determine whether or not there are infectious pathogens present and to classify the shipment for transport purposes. The following discussion is designed to present a clear and coherent set of guidelines for classifying biological commodities in compliance with the regulations.
By Ken Himes, Filamatic When beginning your liquid filling equipment search, it is important to consider the different aspects of your product (or application) and the demands of your project. There are four characteristics that will help in determining the type of filling machine you will need: the liquid's nature or characteristics, the fill volume, the production rate, and the container description.
By EMC Corporation Life Sciences organizations are changing the way they develop, manufacture, and sell their products. To address ever-growing global markets and strong downward price pressure in developing countries, companies are integrating more third parties — such as development partners, contract research organizations (CROs), and contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs) — into their value chains.
INTERPHEX is the leading annual pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical trade show, taking place in New York on April 23 to 25, 2013. Key decision makers will find the networking opportunities, products, services, and information they need to ensure quality and to maximize the efficiency, agility, and flexibility that solve manufacturing and supply chain problems. INTERPHEX is where intelligence and passion intersect with the full spectrum of industry products and services to create new insights and innovation. Learn more.