Previous Blogs

The company was recognized at the MJFF MVP event for being a top 10 fundraiser of 2023.

By Katie Buniski

June 06, 2024

Every year, West without Borders, the global employee-led program at West, chooses a charity to support, demonstrating the company's commitment to giving back. In 2023, the program selected the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) as its charity of choice. The decision was met with enthusiasm from team members across West's global headquarters and beyond.

World Hunger Day - West

By Eecho Wang

May 28, 2024

Giving has been a cornerstone of West's culture, and our team continues to seek new ways to make a greater impact for the long term. West’s China site partnered with Green Food Bank to be the first company sponsoring a farm to grow sustainable food from seed to feed those in need, giving back to the communities in a sustainable way.

Explore NMPA's new guidelines and West's solutions for improved generic injection quality and packaging.

By Qian Liu

May 22, 2024

To improve the consistent evaluation of the quality and efficacy of generic drugs for injections, National Medical Products Administration of China(NMPA)published the guidance “Technical Requirement for Quality and Efficacy Consistency Evaluation on Chemical Generic Injections” (21 October 2020), which indicates the beginning of injection consistency evaluation. This guidance clarifies the specific technical requirements on reference-listed drugs, prescription technology, quality control of bulk drugs and excipient packaging, quality studies and control, stability studies, etc.
Container Closure Integrity (CCI) is one of the key factors for the quality and safety of the entire product lifecycle of pharmaceuticals. To better address this topic, NMPA issued “Technical Guide for Research on Package Integrity of Chemical Injections (Trial)” on 21 October 2020. And 4 years later, “9650 Guidelines for Research on Pharmaceutical Package Integrity” is published as Chinese Pharmacopoeia (ChP) 2025 chapter on 19 Feb 2024. This new publicity helps to guide the implementation of CCI of pharmaceutical packaging materials and provides effective ways to comprehensively assure the quality of drugs.

West Waterford team members volunteering in local schools to deliver hands-on learning experiences

By Catriona Kennedy

May 08, 2024

The West Waterford team partnered with Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) as their capstone charity of choice in 2023. This partnership gives West the opportunity to give back to communities in the South-East region of Ireland through providing a combination of funding support and volunteers.

Explore West's comprehensive guide to extractables and leachables in pharmaceutical packaging

By Will Parker

April 23, 2024

Focus on extractables and leachables (E&L) from packaging and delivery systems began in the mid-1990s but, since then, regulatory agencies have become more educated, and expectations of the pharmaceutical industry have increased. Examples of updated recommendations include USP<1663> and <1664> and injectable drug recommendations from Product Quality Research Institute (PQRI). Complex drug product formulations have become more common, so it is imperative to have a deeper knowledge of extractables to understand risks associated with potential interactions between packaging and drug product.

Recent FDA Guidance, Combination Products by Lauren Orme, Director of Regulatory Policy & Intelligence

By Lauren Orme

April 11, 2024

On September 7th, 2023, a long-awaited final guidance was issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - Application of Human Factors Engineering Principles for Combination Products: Questions and Answers. The document is intended to be used in conjunction with other human factors related guidance and available national and international standards, such as AAMI HE75 and IEC 62366. In this latest guidance, the agency provides its view on best practices for conducting human factors activities for combination products either comprised of a device and a drug or a device and biologic.