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 Stoppers and Plungers

By Jessica Tiegs

December 03, 2014

As regulatory expectations increase, drug product manufacturers face increased pressure to produce products free of defects and minimize rejects of finished drug products. Particulate matter in finished pharmaceuticals can come from a number of sources, including the ingredients in the drug product, manufacturing equipment or the container closure system.

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By Global Communications

July 03, 2014 has been upgraded!  The new, mobile-friendly site offers easier navigation, intuitive design and  enhanced searchability. The new site is mobile-friendly, and can be easily viewed and navigated from phones and tablets.

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By Global Communications

April 21, 2014

West’s Mike Schaefers and Heike Kofler recently published a chapter entitled, “Primary Packaging Components Elastomeric Closures for Pharmaceutical Applications” to APV Basics Pharmazeutische Packmittel (Elastomeric Pharmaceutical Packaging).

By Jessica Teigs

April 03, 2014

When selecting parenteral packaging components, the vial and stopper are typically discussed, but the seal is often an afterthought. Seals do not have direct product contact and are considered secondary packaging. However, the selection of an appropriate seal is critical to assure proper container closure integrity as well as determine how the product will function for the end user.

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By West Technical Operations

February 20, 2014

While all major regulatory agencies have expectations regarding the ability of a pharmaceutical wash process to provide a suitable level of pre-sterilization depyrogenation, the United States (U.S.) Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) requirements appear to be particularly stringent. 

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By West Technical Customer Support

January 21, 2014

Few topics generate as much interest as the reduction of drug manufacturing end-of-line rejects, which is one of the clearest and easiest ways to reduce waste and maximize operating profit and may help improve patient safety. One of the largest contributing factors to the end-of-line reject rate is the quality of the packaging components selected for the drug product.