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What do Horseshoe Crabs have to do with the Pharmaceutical Industry?

  Understanding Limulus Amebocyte Lysate: In 1977, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of limulus amebocyte lysate (LAL) for detecting bacterial endotoxins in pharmaceutical products.  Specifically, LAL is an aqueous extract of blood cells from horseshoe crabs which when reacting with bacterial endotoxins forms a gel-clot.  Bacterial endotoxins are strongly regulated and […]

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Advances in Plastics

There have been considerable advances in the plastics industry with new plastic resins in development. Two resins that really resonate are COP and COC, Cyclo Olefin Polymers and Cyclo Olefin Copolymers. These new resins are remarkable for their low density, high transparency, high heat resistance, high chemical resistance, and low water and protein absorption properties […]

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Key Elements to Consider when Packaging Parenteral Products Webinar

Particulate cleaning, depyrogenation and sterilization are critical processes pharmaceutical packaging components undergo when utilized for injectable drugs.  USP <788> “Particulate Matter in Injections”, USP <85> “Bacterial Endotoxins Test” and USP <71> “Sterility Test” are common standards established by the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) and enforced by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for finished injectable […]

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Why Bar Code Pharmaceutical Samples?

A bar code is an optical machine-readable representation of data relating to the object to which it is attached.  The code uses a sequence of vertical bars and spaces to represent numbers and other symbols.  A bar code symbol typically consists of five parts: a quiet zone, a start character, data characters (including an optional […]

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What Is A Clean Room And What Are They Used For?

  Pharmaceutical packaging stores thousands of different medications and solutions each year. Some of these products are extremely volatile and sensitive to contamination, so they must be placed into the cleanest packages possible. To ensure this cleanliness, these packaging products are assembled and packed in clean rooms. Clean rooms are certified by the International Standards […]

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Advances in Dosage Compliance

  “According to the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council, pharmaceutical noncompliance is a tremendous problem in the U.S. – ‘Estimated annual costs [associated with] patients not taking their medications approaches $300 billion. It is also estimated that 125,000 Americans die annually (342 people every day) due to poor medication adherence and 10 – 25 percent of […]

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Blood Testing Made Easy

Rapid and Reliable Testing with WHEATON Dropping Bottle and Extended Dropping Assembly An aliquot of blood is collected with a glass pipette and dispensed into a collection plate or well plate. An aliquot of assay buffer is then dispensed by a plastic dropping bottle and mixed with the blood sample. In most cases, a Wheaton (LDPE) dropping bottle […]

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How to Reduce the Amount of Pyrogenic Substances in Your Packaging Components

Do you know how to reduce the amount of pyrogenic substances in your packaging components?  Our Global Market Manager, Jeffrey Reid, can help you in our new white paper! Packaging components used in pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices are scrupulously cleaned before use to ensure patient safety.  Regulators expect drug manufacturers to demonstrate compliance with […]

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