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Manufacture Bioprocessing - Upstream & Downstream, Packaging

Glass Matters

Why does glass matter in the pharma industry?

Borosilicate glass is considered the gold standard in the pharmaceutical packaging industry. It is chemically resistant and, like glass in general, remarkably strong. It was first developed by Otto Schott in 1911, who also founded our company.

Traditional fill and finish operations for drugs rely on bulk filling processes, which allow for high throughput in a short period of time. However, glass-to-glass contact and the mechanical stress on the containers can create small glass particles that can contaminate the medication. In addition, containers may be damaged or even broken. When highly valuable drugs, such as biopharmaceuticals, are involved breakage is particularly problematic but, whatever the drug, it results in downtime, maintenance, and overall manufacturing costs. The glass you use matters. Some types of glass are more prone to breakage than others, and some glass is also more prone to interacting with drugs. For example, glass with high alkalinity levels, high pH-shifts, and high conductivity can increase the risk of drug instability.

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