Drug Delivery

West Pharmaceutical Services Names New CEO

West Pharmaceutical Services Inc. has appointed Eric M. Green as its new Chief Executive Officer, according to a press release. Green succeeds Dr. Donald E. Morel, Jr., the current chairman and CEO.

Morel will serve as chairman of the Exton, PA-based company until July 1 when he plans to formally retire.

Supporting Growth in Injectable Drug Delivery

A growing number of injectable therapies for chronic diseases as well as trends toward self-injection are transforming the pharmaceutical market, reports Graham Reynolds, vice president of marketing and innovation, West.

Phillips-Medisize Corp. Expands to Produce New Injection Pen for Sanofi

Phillips-Medisize Corp. has forged a supply agreement for insulin pen components with Sanofi, a leader for diabetes treatment. The two companies have reportedly had a long-term partnership in which Phillips-Medisize has produced insulin pen components for many years. The new project has been assigned to the Phillips-Medisize plant in Kontiolahti, Finland, and the company is expanding injection pen component production with an automated line.

Abrams Royal Pharmacy Issues Voluntary Recall

Sterility concerns have prompted Abrams Royal Pharmacy to voluntarily recall all unexpired lots of sterile products dispensed nationwide, including injectable medications, IVs, eye drops, pellet implants, nasal sprays, inhalation solutions, and eye ointments, FDA reported on its Web site

SABIC Exhibiting Polymer Technologies for Healthcare Products at K 2013

At K 2013 through October 23, SABIC is highlighting engineered thermoplastics and polymer technologies for healthcare product applications. Products include solutions for flexible packaging, for drug delivery, and for minimizing healthcare-associated infections.  

Aesica Invests in Prefilled Syringe Production, Other Drug-Delivery Formats

Global contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) Aesica has acquired new manufacturing equipment capable of processing 5000 prefilled syringes per batch. Currently undergoing validation via process simulation trials, this latest addition to Aesica's Nottingham site will enable the CDMO to support clients across the EU and U.S. markets. Validation is expected to be completed by January 2014.

Migraine Treatment Kit Relaunched to Enhance Patient Education

To help migraine sufferers select appropriate treatment at the onset of symptoms, Zogenix Inc. has redesigned and relaunched its SUMAVEL DosePro Migraine Toolbox provided through physicians. The updated kit contains a sample dose of the SUMAVEL DosePro Needle-free Delivery System (sumatriptan injection) along with educational aids, a journal for tracking migraine attacks and treatments, pharmacy support materials, and a compact carrying case. Zogenix’s goal is to educate patients about new U.S.

Preventing Needlesticks

The European Union's Directive targeting sharps safety should help make needle use safer. But are stricter requirements needed?

Member states of the European Union are now expected to pass national legislation aimed at preventing sharps injuries. EU Council Directive (2010/32/EU), which took effect May 11, 2013, aims “to achieve the safest possible working environment by preventing injuries to workers caused by all medical sharps (including needle-sticks),” reads the document. In other words, hospitals as well as other workplaces where healthcare services are provided are expected to take steps to protect employees from needle sticks.

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TOPAS COC Polymer Used in Insulin Pump Upgrade

Pharmapack North America exhibitor TOPAS Advanced Polymers has provided TOPAS cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) for a recently upgraded insulin pump. The next-generation OmniPod Insulin Management System upgraded by developer Insulet Corp. features an insert molded plunger made from TOPAS COC. The tubeless and wireless insulin pump offers people living with insulin-requiring diabetes a portable solution.

Pharmapack North America takes place this week (June 18-19) in Philadelphia.

Technology on Display at Pharmapack North America

Two-day event focuses on drug-delivery and packaging technologies and the role they’ll play in patient safety and product traceability.

Pharmapack North America will take place June 18-19 in Philadelphia. The exhibition will bring together exhibitors offering blister packaging, closures, bottles, cardboard packaging, labeling, printing technologies, components and subassemblies, contract manufacturing, traceability and anticounterfeit technologies, dispensing systems, drug-delivery devices and components, and injectable technologies and components. Read below for a preview of the exhibition and a few highlights from the conference.

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