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By Daria Miller

February 16, 2021

As customer needs rapidly change to meet these new and unprecedented accelerated timelines, West’s steam-sterilized, ready-to-use Westar® and Westar® Select elastomer components play a critical role. They simplify component preparation and allow customers to focus on other aspects of the drug filling process.

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By Grace Knickerbocker

July 23, 2018

As the need for higher quality drug delivery and packaging components increases, customers are challenged to meet new standards and comply with additional regulatory requirements. To help our pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical partners meet these challenges and reduce risk, West has developed next-generation quality for ready-to-sterilize and ready-to-use components.

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By Katie Espenshade

February 13, 2018

Electron-beam irradiation (e-beam - sometimes called beta irradiation) is a technique used commonly to sterilize pharmaceutical packaging products and medical devices. It operates by directing a continuous flow of electrons through the articles being sterilized. Transfer of energy from the e-beam breaks the chains of DNA in organisms, rendering them inactive, and the articles irradiated as sterile. It is used typically for Ready-to-Use (RU) vials and syringes comprising Daikyo Crystal Zenith® cyclic olefin polymer, and Daikyo PLASCAP® seal products.

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By Bjoern Henze

December 05, 2017

Pharmaceutical closures used in aseptic environments must be introduced in a sterile state. The most common methods to sterilize rubber closures (e.g., stoppers) are autoclaving (saturated steam) and gamma irradiation. Both methods can influence chemical (e.g., extractables profile) and physical/functional properties (e.g., break-loose and extrusion forces). Therefore, it is important to choose the right method.

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By West's Global Communications Team

March 16, 2016

The pharmaceutical supply chain is more complex than ever, with the pricing of critical drugs a subject for hot debate in the media and, most recently, in U.S. Congressional hearings.

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By Kristine Davidson

December 08, 2015

There is an increasing trend in the pharmaceutical industry for ready-to-use components for a variety of reasons.