Almac Launches US Commercial Packaging Operations
Published: February 7th, 2013
Almac announced the successful inspection by FDA of its new US Commercial Packaging operations located in Audubon, PA. The inspection took place on January 9, 10. FDA concluded that the Pennsylvania-based site is fully compliant with Good Manufacturing Practices, with no 483 issued, the company said in a press release.
Commenting on the inspection, Ian Markwell, vice president of quality, said: “We are very pleased with the outcome of our inspection, as it marks the establishment of our US commercial packaging operations with FDA approval for bottle, blister, wallet, and vial labeling/packaging.”
Jim McGibbon, US director of business development added: “We are now able to meet the growing market demand for quality-led, flexible commercial packaging solutions in the US. Now having been successfully inspected by the FDA, we are ready to commence operations for our first client.”
Almac’s first US commercial packaging client, a US-based diversified healthcare company, is an existing long term client partner of its UK operations for both formulation development and contract commercial manufacture services. Initially, Almac will supply three commercial products with bulk tablet and capsule manufacture taking place in Almac’s EMA- and FDA-approved commercial facility in the UK, with final bottle and blister packaging taking place in Audubon.
“This is a significant first contract for the Audubon facility filling in excess of 4M finished packs per annum, so it’s proving a busy start to the year,” McGibbon said.
The Audubon facility offers flexible packaging solutions from primary packaging of solid oral dosage forms to customized secondary labeling and packaging of sterile biopharmaceutical products for both established US products and niche/orphan drug launches alike.