The pharmaceutical industry is changing at a rapid pace with a lot of trends and business relationships. This not only involves new medical developments, guidelines and corresponding equipment, but also the roles of all stakeholders. Uwe Harbauer, Senior Vice President of Bosch Packaging Technology’s Pharma Business Unit, shares his thoughts about the pharma marketing and relationships today.
Two years ago, Elaiapharm undertook the packaging of an important new solid dose product (Cipralex, an antidepressant) to be launched across a large number of international markets. The product itself is an ODT – orally dispersible tablet – formulation packed in child resistant cold form blisters.
At the end of the packaging process, the packaged syringes should meet the requirements for sterile devices in the operating room. Therefore, the finished blisters are autoclaved at 121 °C (2 bar) for 15 minutes. Only minimal deformation of the blisters is tolerated, so that the syringes can be used in the operating room without problems after this thermal treatment.
Volumetric feeding by means of a flowmeter, a method that has become established at Pharmatis, was also implemented in this project; the configuration was taken over by the Mediseal HMI. The feeding system is highly flexible and can be adapted to a wide range of products.
Millmount Healthcare, a world-leading Health Products Regulatory Authorized Organization, specialize in pharmaceutical and healthcare blister and bottle/tub contract packaging. Millmount pride themselves on attention to detail and strict punctuality to fit stringent production requirements. Millmount found themselves in need of user-friendly, compact TQS solution capable of combining precise weighing with reliable serialisation of packaged products. The OCS Traceable Quality System represents a unique solution that combines all the future global Track & Trace requirements in one single system, intuitive and very easy to operate.
Specializing in sterile manufacturing, Excelvision, based in Annonay, France, provides contract manufacturing services for liquid eye drop plastic vials to numerous companies. However, to increase production and capitalize on additional contract manufacturing opportunities, Excelvision enlised Bosch Packaging Systems AG, based in Beringen, Switzerland, to install a fully automated packaging line. With significantly higher output capabilities, Excelvision expects to increase production by nearly five-fold. The new line also gives the company greater flexibility to meet the diverse requirements of its customers.
Falsified medicines are fake medicines that pass themselves off as real, authorized medicines. They may contain ineffective or incorrect doses of active ingredients and pose a major threat to public health and safety. As falsifications become more sophisticated, the risk of falsified medicines reaching patients in the EU increases every year. Not only do falsified medicines present an incalculable health risk for patients, they also damage the corporate image of pharmaceutical manufacturers and can lead to large financial losses.