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By Tibor Hlobik

November 25, 2013

As biologics and other injectable drug products gain market share, greater scrutiny is being paid to the interaction between the drug product and its container closure system, including stability during shelf-life and particulate burden, among other critical quality attributes. Over the last several years, drug product recalls have increased due to quality issues, including fundamental weaknesses in primary glass containers that have resulted in problems such as breakage or delamination. Additionally, as more attention is paid to the integration of primary drug containers with devices to form combination products, finding solutions to these problems has taken on an increased urgency in order to protect patients by assuring the integrity and proper delivery of drug products.