Baxter’s BioPharma Solutions Launches New Packaging Line

The line at Baxter’s Halle/Westfalen, Germany facility allows the company to meet the advanced packaging requirements of its pharmaceutical clients worldwide, as well as accommodate emerging packaging needs including serialization and enhanced safety measures, the contract manufacturer said in a press release.
The line became operational after a thorough, 18-month planning and implementation process led by Baxter and in conjunction with vendors, suppliers and clients, the company said.
“As an organization that collaborates with a diverse group of pharmaceutical companies, Baxter’s BioPharma Solutions business is committed to continually improving and modernizing our state-of-the-art capabilities in both production and packaging,” said Dr. Burkhard Wichert, vice president of manufacturing for Baxter’s BioPharma Solutions business.
“This new line in the Halle facility not only greatly increases our capacity for high-quality, complex packaging, it supports our mission to help save and sustain lives by supplying customers and patients with the products they need.”
The line offers Baxter’s contract manufacturing clients access to capabilities including printing of variable data; booklet packaging; 100% OCR/OCV of variable data; and control weighing for completeness.
While the line has only been operational a short time, one Baxter client has already lauded the “real benefit  for the packaging of our products” and noted that “such initiative from Baxter demonstrates their ongoing commitment to continually enhance equipment and facilities to help ensure best possible performance for our benefit,” Baxter said.
The line’s launch follows on the announcement in February 2013 of a further expansion at Baxter’s Halle facility to support BioPharma Solutions’ cytotoxic contract manufacturing services. That expansion enhanced Halle's capacity to provide a complete range of resources to support early-phase drug manufacturing through commercial scale-up, product launch and lifecycle management.
“Baxter’s BioPharma Solutions business remains committed to meeting clients’ and patients’ needs,” said Dr. Wichert. "Whether through the expansion announced earlier this year or this new packaging line, we continue to invest in the Halle/Westfalen, Germany, facility to support this commitment day-in, day-out and worldwide."
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