By Maureen Kingsley
The current hot topics of conversation among contract packagers of drugs and devices include consolidation, serialization, high quality demands, and a more-fragmented pharmaceutical market. Industry is not shying away from these issues, however, and appears to be openly discussing them and acting accordingly.
Contract and clinical packager Almac has equipped its U.S. commercial packaging facility in Audubon, PA, with additional blister packaging technology. Capable of both thermoforming and coldforming, the new Klockner EAS blister line can produce a range of blister formats. It is suitable for low-volume runs to evaluate different packaging material combinations and cost effective stability packaging.
Contract manufacturer and packager Pharma Tech Industries (PTI) will expand its production facility in Union, MO, adding about 60,000 sq ft of manufacturing space for a total of 160,000 sq ft. The new space will support production of ingestible powders and will feature a production room built to ISO Class 8/100,000 cleanroom standards, the company announced in a press release. The expansion is scheduled to be completed in March of 2014.
Technical Help in Engineering and Marketing (T.H.E.M.) has recently invested in equipment, personnel, and resources to broaden its capabilities for single-use packaging. T.H.E.M. is FDA-registered for contract packaging of food, beverages, medical devices, and dietary supplements, according to a spokesperson.
Contract packager Praxis Packaging Solutions has filled its millionth bottle on its newly integrated primary packaging line in Grand Rapids, MI. The company has reached this milestone just after 100 days of commercial production, it reported in a press release. Just under one year ago the company set out to vertically integrate its secondary packaging with primary tablet fill packaging.