Pharma Tech Industries (Royston, GA; PTI) recently completed the construction of a cleanroom dedicated to pouch filling of powder-based products. The room was built specifically to house the new high-speed Oystar Jones Adjustable Pouch King. The machine will fill pouches for multiple powder-based products including a cholesterol medication and laxative granular powder.
Almac’s Pharma Services business has expanded its commercial facility by adding increased storage capacity for biologic products. The company has experienced increased client demand for cold and dedicated frozen storage capacity for biopharmaceuticals, so it added an additional 6124 sq ft of cold and frozen storage.
Demand for prefilled syringes continues to grow, reports Yves Buelens, general manager of Catalent Pharma Solutions’ (www.catalent.com) Sterile Technologies facility in Brussels, Belgium. Catalent offers a wide range of services to the pharmaceutical industry from drug development through clinical and commercial manufacturing and packaging services. Catalent processed a large number of prefilled syringes in 2009 on its three filling lines in Brussels, and the firm is poised to add a fourth line.
Catalent Pharma Solutions is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its Schorndorf, Germany, facility specializing in modified release technologies and clinical supply services.
Almac’s new North American Headquarters facility can now handle packaging, storage, and distribution of Schedule I – V controlled substances. Situated in Souderton, PA, the facility is nearing the end of its phased transition fueled by a $120 million investment.
Occupying a total of 3980 square feet, storage for controlled materials is located in a highly secured temperature-monitored cage and vault. Both locations meet DEA requirements as well as provide substantially greater capacity.
Four contract packaging and repackaging companies in the pharmaceutical industry have joined forces to create a new, single-source service provider, Aphena Pharma Solutions (www.aphenapharma.com).
Aphena is a new corporation based on a strategic alliance among Celeste Contract Packaging, PrePak Systems, TestPak, and Integrated Pharmaceutical Packaging.
A+ Secure Packaging LLC reports that Louis Weiner has joined the custom contract packager as vice president of sales and a LLC Member. Formerly an account director at Catalent Pharma Solutions, Weiner brings 27 years of experience in various roles in contract pharmaceutical packaging including engineering, operations and sales. He will be responsible for sales and marketing efforts at A+ Secure Packaging, which serves manufacturers of pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and OTC products as well as medical devices.
Accuristix has acquired Nova Pack Ltd., a contract packaging, repackaging, and assembly provider for over-the-counter (OTC), health and beauty, healthcare, and pharmaceutical products. Accuristix is a third-party logistics company currently operating four distribution centers in the Toronto Area, with others in Vancouver and Los Angeles. The acquisition allows both companies to offer a broader scope of services to the Canadian healthcare marketplace.
PrePak Holdings Inc. (Cookeville, TN) has acquired TestPak (Whippany, NJ), a contract packaging company active in the pharmaceutical, nutritional, and consumer products markets. PrePak Holdings, a group of companies focused on contract manufacturing and packaging, completed the acquisition on August 31.