Contract Packaging

Building Prefilled Syringe Capacity for the Future

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.

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Catalent Pharma Solutions Facility Celebrates 50th

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 Headquarters Ready to Handle Controlled Substances

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.
 

New Force in Contract Packaging

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 Welcomes Louis Weiner

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 Acquires Nova Pack Ltd.

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 Acquires TestPak

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.

PrePak Holdings Names New Chief Executive Officer and President

PrePak Holdings Inc. announces that it has named Renard Jackson to serve as the company’s new chief executive officer and president. PrePak serves mid- to large-sized companies in the pharmaceutical, nutritional, consumer product, medical device, and animal health markets. With FDA-registered and cGMP compliant facilities, PrePak subsidiaries include PrePak Systems, Celeste Contract Manufacturing and Packaging, and Integrated Pharmaceutical Packaging.

COMAR Announces Acquisition of Universal Container Corporation

Comar Inc. (Buena, NJ) announced that on Fri., April 16, 2010 it finalized a transaction acquiring 100% of Universal Container Corp.'s (Unicon) assets from its current shareholders. Based in Cayey, Puerto Rico, Unicon is a leading manufacturer of high quality injection molded, injection blow molded, and extrusion blow molded parts and containers. Comar, based in Buena, New Jersey, is a manufacturer of proprietary pharmaceutical packaging with a leadership position in the Liquid Medication Delivery Device Market. The transaction closed on April 16, 2010 and the terms were not disclosed.

Tracking Growth Trends

As they broaden supply chain services, contract packagers are equipping for high-growth pharmaceutical segments.

Contract packagers are often providing a host of value-added services through extended partnering arrangements with their pharmaceutical customers.

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