Leo Posner of Johnson & Johnson presenting at the PDA Combo Workshop

By Fran DeGrazio

April 03, 2019

On March 26, the Delaware Valley Chapter of PDA and West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. co-sponsored a workshop: Defining a Strategy for Combination Products, at West’s headquarters in Exton, PA. More than 150 people from 45 companies that provide drug products and combination products attended. In prior PDA events, combination product regulatory challenges have been cited often as an area both of interest and confusion. This workshop aimed to address them.

West NovaPure Plungers

By Christa Jansen-Otten, Director, Product Management

February 06, 2017

Modern biopharmaceutical drug molecules are often complex protein structures that need to maintain the molecular structure in order to convey full potency. With biologics, any alteration of the 3-D structure could lead to loss of activity or even to immunogenic reactions in the patient. Proteins can be disrupted by interactions with the container closure or with leachables. West FluroTec® lamination was chosen for NovaPure® plungers to reduce the interaction between the drug product and elastomer material. This includes less adsorption to the plunger surface as well as reduction of the leachables profile of the plunger, helping to maintain the stability of complex molecules.

By Boo Jia Min

April 20, 2016

Particles in drug products can come from many sources—extrinsic (from outside the process), intrinsic (from within the process) and even inherent (as part of the drug formulation)1.

Stoppers and Plungers

By Jay Stephens, Ph.D.

January 28, 2016

Moore’s Law states that the number of transistors in a circuit doubles approximately every two years. This once lofty prediction proved accurate and has been the basis for long-term planning, not just for the semiconductor industry, but research and development in general.

By West's Global Communications Team

December 01, 2015

We are happy to announce that West received the 2015 India Pharma Award for Outstanding Primary Packaging for Injectables for our high-quality NovaPure® components. The award was presented to West during the CPhI India Pre-Connect Congress.

Blue West logo with Diamond

By Tibor Hlobik

March 16, 2015

With more injectable biologics coming onto the market, and an increase in combination products, regulatory scrutiny is being given to the interaction between a drug product and its container closure system. If the right container closure and device are not selected for a biologic that is marketed in a prefilled syringe or auto-injector, there could be a significant impact on quality.