The changing roles in pharma

The pharma industry is rapidly changing

The pharmaceutical industry is changing at a rapid pace. This not only involves new medical developments, guidelines and corresponding equipment, but also the roles of all stakeholders. Uwe Harbauer, Senior Vice President of Bosch Packaging Technology’s Pharma Business Unit, shares his thoughts with us in a three-part interview. …more



Tailor-made sterilization

Do you want to know which sterilization process works best for your newly developed product? Or do you want to optimize existing methods to manufacture more efficiently? For any questions associated with terminal sterilization, the Bosch affiliate Schoeller-Bleckmann Medizintechnik (SBM) can help you out. With tests carried out in its dedicated “process X-pert center”, SBM makes for processes that perfectly match your products. At its site in Ternitz in Austria, SBM provides state-of-the-art equipment covering the most common sterilization processes, including vacuum steam, steam/air mixture and hot water shower. …more


HFFS Column Part 4: Protecting the sick

It is common knowledge that health is the most valuable asset we only become aware of when we get sick. Then consumers rely on pharmaceutical products and medical devices. Pharmaceutical manufacturers face particular challenges to properly package their products because they require a high level of product protection. To ensure consumer safety, validation equipment and hermetic sealing capabilities can be incorporated on horizontal flow wrapping lines. At the same time these systems protect the companies from costly product recalls, lawsuits and a tarnished brand. …more



Low temperature generation of HPW and WFI

The pharmaceutical industry fundamentally requires water in two levels of purity for production: Clean water in PW quality (Purified Water) and water for injection (WFI). The high WFI quality can be produced via technical methods using filtration or distillation processes. However, only distilled water is currently approved for injection purposes in Europe. …more



A pioneer in the fight against medicine shortage

Ebola, AIDS, malaria – the people of West Africa are repeatedly affected by particularly severe epidemics. The reasons, above all, are insufficient medical care as well as the limited local production of medicine. In order to overcome these drawbacks, the physician Dr Guy Dovi-Akué returned from Germany to his home town Lomé in Togo in the early 1990s. “Most doctors from Africa who work in Europe never go back. But I had the feeling of being needed in Togo”, he reports. …more




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