Pharmapack North America Exhibitors Gearing Up for Next Week's Event
On May 22–23 in Philadelphia, Pharmapack North America will explore innovations in pharmaceutical and drug delivery packaging that can meet the stringent needs of pharmaceuticals while maximizing production efficiency.
A new capsule-based dry-powder inhaler (DPI) has been developed as a cost-effective drug delivery device, allowing drug companies to offer affordable solutions worldwide. Twister is designed to be simple to use, requiring only three steps to operate: insert, twist, and inhale. Patients are guided by various audible and visual feedbacks confirming that the full dose has been properly delivered. Twister complements the company’s range of drug delivery solutions, which include the Prohaler. Aptar Pharma, www.aptar.com/pharma.
Flexible Bag Port
A manufacturer of flexible bags for pharmaceuticals, IV solutions, and nutritional products has developed a new connector that can be used in place of tubing. The connector, called Boat Port, can be made from the same material as the flexible bag itself. The company’s own Inerta polypropylene material can be used, for which the company has filed a DMF with FDA, offering an alternative to PVC materials. Special properties such as chemical resistance or the exclusion of certain components can be specified. The connector can be welded ultrasonically to the bag without human intervention, suiting the system to aseptic bag applications. Boat Port is designed to fully evacuate the bag of all contents, promoting dosing accuracy and cost efficiency when filling expensive contents such as cytotoxic drugs and contrast media. Users can custom design the number of ports and tubes employed for each bag, and twist-off openings are available. The company installed new machinery in December 2011 in order to add special capabilities to support Boat Port. The company maintains an R&D team to support customers with special designs and formulations. Technoflex, www.technoflex.net.
Specialty Label for Autoinjectors
A new customizable specialty label for autoinjectors can be designed to fit the specific requirements of individual manufacturers, performing important, often unique functions that provide added value to both drug manufacturers and end-users. The label could feature a two-layered design, where the upper layer provides UV protection for the window underneath. To check the contents of the autoinjector, the label can be opened by means of a tab and then be closed with ease. Detachable labels with specific data can be integrated to remind patients to check the drug in the autoinjector regularly. The label parts also make it possible to document injections in patients’ medical records or medication diaries. In addition, the label can incorporate color-changing effects. These include an embedded temperature indicator that can show whether or not the autoinjector has been sufficiently cooled as well as a security ink that changes color perception according to viewing angle. Schreiner MediPharm, www.schreiner-medipharm.com.
A company offers a single source for sorbents and automated dispensing. Calculations through Operations can be used in the selection of sorbents for pharmaceutical packaging; the company’s systems-based approach combines a custom-formulated StripPax Sorbent Packet sorbent (for desiccation, moisture management, oxygen absorption, or volatile adsorption) with a corresponding APA-series dispenser. The company works closely with customers to predict the stability outcome of a drug using its poprietary SimulSorb and SimulOx modeling software, providing an optimized StripPax Packet using a standard sorbent or IntelliSorb sorbent formulation. The APA-series of StripPax Dispensers are designed with smart dispensing technology to transmit StripPax Packet data, including date of manufacture, lot number, spool number, and packet count, from each spool of sorbent to the dispenser. Multisorb Technologies, www.multisorb.com.