Scientists from Catalent Pharma Solutions will be presenting seven scientific poster papers and participating in a roundtable discussion at this year’s American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) meeting as part of the conference proceedings. The 2009 Annual AAPS Meeting and Exposition will take place on November 9-12 in Los Angeles, CA. Catalent is a sustaining sponsor of AAPS.
Lisa Hawkins is the newest addition to the management team at Unicep Packaging Inc. (Sandpoint, Idaho). Ms. Hawkins now serves as the company’s director of quality. Ms. Hawkins joins Unicep Packaging from a former role at Celeste Contract Packaging L.L.C. (Easton, Md.). She brings more than four years of experience in all phases of medical device and pharmaceutical quality and regulatory affairs to the company.
Compass Pharma Services LLC (Clifton, NJ) has completed a capital investment project to upgrade its contract pharmaceutical packaging capabilities to include ISO Class 8 (ISO 14644) specifications. The company packages solid-dose, liquid, and powder formulations into blister packaging, pouches, bottles, and cans.
The improvements include a fully integrated production suite where the primary packaging area has negative differential air pressure relative to surrounding gowning and secondary packaging areas. HEPA filters are deployed in the primary packaging area.
Contract packagers offer solutions for a tough climate.
Contract packagers add capacity for current and future business.
Drug firms seek efficiencies in turnkey partnerships.
By David Vaczek, Senior Editor
Providing one-stop solutions for “virtual companies” that lack packaging and manufacturing resources is a growth area for some packagers. These companies will often purchase older drugs on the downside of their life cycles, reformulate the ingredients, and intensively market them.