Developments in Desiccants

Embedding desiccant material in blister packaging could help protect against moisture ingress.

Flexible packaging manufacturer Constantia Flexibles ( has developed a desiccant-incorporating blister packaging material for applications that demand the ultimate moisture barrier, reports Frederick J. Lutz, regional sales manager, North America, Pharma Division, for Constantia Flexibles.

Faster BellatRx Desiccant-Inserting Machine on Display at Interphex

The Rx-Desiccant Plus by BellatRx Inc. will be on display for the first time at Interphex, April 21 through April 23 in New York City at booth #2970.

This automatic inline desiccant-inserting machine is designed to insert both pre-cut pouches and canisters, in single or multiple drops, at speeds up to 140 counts per minute. BellatRx’s previous automatic desiccant-inserting machine inserts desiccants into containers at speeds up to 60 bpm.

Clariant Healthcare Packaging Expansion Nearly Ready, Boosts Support for Bottle Packaging

After installing new equipment to expand capacity at its Belen, NM, site, Clariant’s Healthcare Packaging segment will soon begin producing desiccant canisters and packets on new packaging lines. Clariant announced the expansion at Interphex in April 2013.

“Across the board, we’ve added new technologies and new features for producing a robust, high-quality canister,” says Mark Florez, marketing & communications manager, Clariant Healthcare Packaging. “And we have the capacity to produce over 1 billion canisters per year.”

Applying Quality by Design Principles to Desiccant Selection

A QbD approach to selecting a sorbent is based on strong science, says Adrian Possumato of Multisorb.

At Interpack 2014, Multisorb Technologies hosted the in-booth symposium, “QbD and Sorbent Selection in Pharmaceutical Packaging.” PMP News asked Adrian Possumato, Vice President, Healthcare at Multisorb Technologies, to explain how Quality by Design (QbD) approaches can be put to use when developing active pharmaceutical packaging.

Multisorb will be exhibiting at Booth #3453 at Pharmapack North America June 10-12 in New York City.

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Integrating Desiccant into a Blister

Amcor’s Dessiflex Blister System features an integrated desiccant that can absorb moisture from the cross diffusion through the blister edges or from the product itself if needed.

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Expanding Capacity

Clariant is expanding production at its Belen, NM, Healthcare Packaging site to meet market demand and to support continuous improvement.

Clariant (’s Healthcare Packaging segment is expanding production capacity at its U.S. site in Belen, NM, for desiccant canisters and packets. The expansion features new equipment and processes, enabling an increase in production capacity of its desiccant canisters for high-speed insertion and its wide range of desiccant packets, including Continu-Strip hole-punch packets.

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Clariant Develops Web Site Focused On Healthcare Packaging

Clariant has announced a new website for its business segment, Healthcare Packaging, that reflects the specialized healthcare packaging focus of this Clariant business.

Clariant Healthcare Packaging Expanding Production in Belen, NM

At Interphex this week in New York City, Clariant announced that its Healthcare Packaging segment is expanding production capacity at its U.S. site in Belen, NM, for desiccant canisters and packets. Healthcare Packaging is also incorporating Lean Six Sigma methodologies "to ensure the highest quality and consistency of its products," the company reported in a press release. 

Multisorb Appoints Possumato to VP Healthcare Packaging

Adrian Possumato has been promoted to Vice President of Healthcare Packaging for Multisorb Technologies, reports Multisorb Technologies’ President, Jim Renda. With more than 20 years' experience in the pharmaceutical and healthcare markets, Possumato previously served as Global Director of Healthcare Packaging, directing significant growth in Multisorb’s global healthcare portfolio. 

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