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Ever wondered what West’s cutting-edge product development facilities look like on the inside? Jeff Kyle, Sr. Director New Product Introduction, and Tom McLean, VP Delivery Systems R&D, take you behind the scenes of the Scottsdale, AZ plant.
In addition to exploring new products and custom packaging design, the Scottsdale plant manufactures the Crystal Zenith®Ready-to-Use Insert Needle Syringe System, and the SmartDose® electronic wearable injector. West recently expanded the Scottsdale facility to accommodate customer demand for the SmartDose electronic wearable injector, Kyle explains in this clip, including bringing it up to ISO 7 cleanroom standards. That certification – and the tight layout of the assembly floor – helps employees create the systems more efficiently.
Moving to the lab, Jessica Wentzel, Microbiology Lab Manager, demonstrates the rigorous testing that incoming raw materials and Daikyo Crystal Zenith® cyclic olefin polymer components undergo, from a microorganism and endotoxin standpoint.
As McLean points out, West’s state-of-the-art technology and complex production protocols are put in place for one thing: Enriching patient safety. It’s this element of creating pharmaceutical integrated containment and delivery systems for injectable medicines that inspires pride among West employees.
Daikyo Crystal Zenith® is a registered trademark of Daikyo Seiko, Ltd. Daikyo Crystal Zenith® technology is licensed from Daikyo Seiko, Ltd.
SmartDose® is a registered trademark of Medimop Medical Projects Ltd., a subsidiary of West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. West seeks partners for its SmartDose® injector technology platform. This platform is intended to be used as an integrated system with drug filling and final assembly completed by the pharmaceutical/biotechnology company.
Polymeric container systems are not new to the pharmaceutical industry, and their benefits in terms of break resistance, cosmetic quality and dimensional precision have been recognized by many companies around the world who have chosen to use a polymer vial or syringe.
In a previous <a href="/zh-cn/blog/2012/may/lifecycle-planning"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">post</span></a>, my colleague Fran DeGrazio discussed lifecycle planning and the use of a single material for packaging components from development through commercialization. There has been a great deal of innovation around drug container materials. Although glass has been the traditional material of choice for drug containment, it has significant limitations including breakage, glass particulate, visual quality and functional performance.
<span style="color: #000000;">West has completed a preliminary study of its SmartDose® technology platform, which incorporates a Daikyo Crystal Zenith® (CZ) cartridge. The study evaluated multiple attributes of the technology and subjects’ experience with the self-application process. </span>
West works by the side of our health care partners to understand patient needs and provide integrated delivery systems that optimize the effectiveness of drug delivery while enhancing the patient experience. Creative business models will ensure effective collaboration, either by leveraging West’s proprietary technologies or partnering with individual customers through the development process to apply West’s design, engineering and manufacturing skills to create customer-specific solutions.
Exposure to light is a concern with numerous medications due to the potential for photodegradation or other chemical reactions during manufacturing, storage, and administration<sup>(1)</sup>. This may result in potency loss, altered efficacy and adverse biological effects. The sensitivity of a drug to a distinct spectral region of light may vary with its chemical structure, photoreactivity, and nature of the dosage form. The photochemical behavior of a drug provides guidance for handling, packaging, and labeling of drug products. The use of the appropriate containers and packaging material can protect the products from the deleterious effects of light.
Director, Product Management, Vial Containment & Prefillable Systems