The 2013 ISPE Annual Meeting is the pharmaceutical industry's most significant event. Join us November 3 to 6 in Washington, DC, for industry-leading discussions on drug shortages, quality metrics, breakthrough therapies, stratified sampling and more. Hear from an unprecedented number of regulators, shape the future of the industry in high-level executive sessions and build your staff competencies with over 50 topic-focused sessions. Learn more at www.ISPE.org/2013AnnualMeeting.
By Bob Chew, ISPE Annual Meeting Chairman
The 2013 ISPE Annual Meeting offers a multitude of opportunities for discovery: Insightful presentations, thought-provoking new approaches, case studies, vendor exhibits, regulatory forums, executive symposia.
By Uwe Amann, Harro Höfliger Packaging Systems
The majority of pharmaceutical products have to enter the blood stream in order to be effective. They can be taken orally, via the intestine, by injection, or by infusion.
By Dave Cousins, Bosch Packaging Technology
The handy stick packs become more and more popular, even in the pharmaceutical industry. Reasons for the rising popularity are obvious: Stick packs offer a safe packaging, produced achieving a high output level, but consuming less packaging material compared to alternative pack styles. These are reasons for the pharmaceutical manufacturer Bright Future to opt for this packaging solution from Bosch.
By Rob Darrington, Genevac
For many years, lyophilization, or freeze drying, has been used to dry samples in the laboratory. The technique is well researched, and has become the method of choice for many researchers with a few samples to dry. Lyophilization is often preferred because a high level of dryness is achieved with low residual solvent levels, and because of the light, powdery, 'fluffy' finish of the sample, enabling the sample to be easily removed and weighted out.
By Maik W. Jornitz, Vice President, G-CON LLC
Since the introduction of single-use technologies into biopharmaceutical processes in the early 1990s, a multitude of supplier companies mushroomed. The result is that these vendors market many unique single-use product designs, which makes it a chore for an end user to choose and to find a second supply source. The debate is whether single-use systems can be standardized, or not. It is an intense debate, as some end users believe standardization restricts their process needs, and most vendors think that they would lose the competitive edge if they cannot customize their assemblies.
By Doan Pendleton, Vice President, Vac-U-Max
When it comes to understanding pneumatic conveying systems, entire books have been written, and many white papers published, with diagrams and complicated equations to explain how the process works.
By Kristine Inserra, Festo Corp.
Sustainable energy efficiency in automation requires a sophisticated concept which covers a total of four areas: intelligent dimensioning, energy efficient products and solutions, services, and training and consulting. Each of these four areas contributes to an increase in energy efficiency — regardless of where the road begins. For optimum energy efficiency that meets the current standards, or, looking forward, even surpasses them, it is recommended to use all four areas in combination.
By Gary M. Hutchinson, President, Modality Solutions
This paper presents highlights from a thermal performance study conducted by Modality Solutions LLC. The study examined the performance of five shipping technologies commonly used by specialty pharmacies to transport high-value, refrigerated specialty medicines against an industry-accepted, temperature-profile standard.
By Seung-Yil Yoon, Hemi Sagi, Craig Goldhammer, Lei Li
A mass extraction system has been developed to check container closure integrity for a variety of container closure systems, such as vials, syringes, and cartridges.