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By John Rech

May 03, 2021

Particles in an injectable drug product represent a huge risk not only to patient safety – but also to a drug company’s reputation and bottom line. Presence of visible or sub-visible particles has been one of the most common reasons for recalls. According to the FDA Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts database, 23 of 59 (39%) recalls, market withdrawals, and safety alerts between 2018 and 2020 were due to particulate contamination1.

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By Nancy Liu

April 02, 2021

There is no doubt biologics and biosimilars will remain one of the hot topics in 2021. This is due to the pandemic period of SARS-CoV-2 and the innovative treatments and vaccines that are under development at accelerated speed. Several questions can arise regarding selection of the proper primary package system for a biologic/biosimilar.

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By Abbey Hisler

March 10, 2021

Biosimilar development and approvals have been accelerated over the last several years. The rapid uptake in this category is due in large part to clarity on regulatory pathways that demonstrate interchangeability with the reference product and key patent expiry over the next decade. By 2025 injectable biosimilars are projected to comprise almost 50% of the accessible biologics market1. West recently conducted a survey of biosimilar companies to better understand their top needs for packaging and support services during drug development.

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By Technical Customer Support

May 22, 2013

As biosimilar development is expected to accelerate over the next decade, many customers are seeking packaging recommendations for these drug products. Because biosimilars are extremely sensitive to any changes from the innovator’s manufacturing and packaging processes, in every case it is important to understand the factors that affect the safety, purity and potency of the drug product as it relates to component selection.