Glass or Polymer? At Pharmtech Moscow, SCHOTT Helps Russian Pharma Industry to find The Right Prefilled Syringe

SCHOTT Helps Russian Pharma Industry to find The Right Prefilled Syringe

Which material is better suited for filling medications is one of the most frequently asked questions in the pharmaceutical industry – especially when it comes to prefilled syringes.

At the Pharmtech 2016 trade show SCHOTT experts will encourage visitors to take a holistic approach to find the best solution. “Consulting pharma companies on choosing the right syringe material is a request we get more and more”, says SCHOTT Regional Sales Manager Rüdiger Wagner. “Glass’s excellent barrier properties and regulatory ease make it the first choice for drug manufacturers, but polymer’s physical stability combined with its wide design options, make it attractive as well.” Thanks to a broad portfolio of both, glass and polymer syringes, SCHOTT is in an excellent position to help the Russian pharma industry making the best choice. Visitors can find out more at booth B307.  The Pharmtech 2016 trade show takes place in Moscow from November 22-25.

The question of whether glass or polymer is the better material cannot be answered generally. It all depends on the respective application. Today, glass dominates the market for prefilled syringes, but the use of polymer is expected to grow in the next few years. Wagner explains the SCHOTT approach to find out which material works best for the Russian pharma industry: “Together with the drug maker we examine the intended use of a drug and the filling process. For example, we check if the drug requires particularly inert packaging materials. Another question is the importance of design flexibility, tighter tolerances, and superior break resistance. We also consider integration with safety devices or autoinjectors and compatibility with different filling machines. And most importantly, the patient’s convenience and needs deserve special attention.”

A broad range of solutions

To sum it up: Drug makers must take a holistic view along the three ‘Ps’ – product, process and patient – when deciding on a material for a particular application. “We have developed a complete portfolio suitable for a variety of applications like heparin, vaccines, biotech, and special applications such as intensive care,” says Wagner. In the field of glass syringes, the offerings range from 0.5 to 3 Milliliter products marketed under the brand name syriQ®. All glass syringes are available with luer lock, luer cone or with staked needle. SCHOTT TopPac® polymer syringes, in turn, are available in the range from 1ml to 50ml with cross linked silicone for optimal functionality. In addition, the company has introduced an innovative polymer syringe designed to improve the safety of sensitive drugs: the new product named SCHOTT TopPac® SD offers new features for a reduced E&L (extractables and leachables) profile and ensures high drug stability. 

J.v.G. Thoma GmbH is delivering a DESERT turnkey production line to Brazil, the first of its kind and hopefully the first in many breakthroughs to leave the factory floor on their way to the largest country in South America. With a capacity of 30 MW, this is a small semi-automatic DESERT production line, but still a flagship in terms of DESERT solar module production and electricity generation in the country, now fully functional and ready to start with operation.

The machinery consists of DESERT production machines for high-efficiency DESERT solar modules built specifically for extreme hot climate, such as can be seen in deserts or in tropical areas. Made solely in Germany and built using the latest in DESERT and TROPIC module production, the systems inlcudes all cutting-edge technology.

Certified DESERT solar modules, DESERT containers, DESERT power plants and DESERT manufacturing machinery built using pioneering DESERT and TROPICS technology are now fully set up, and ready to perform. But powering on the machinery has been a long time coming. Up until recently, this advanced piece of equipment had been waiting for clearance at a port in Brazil. Now that the formalities have been dealt with, both J.v.G. Thoma and its customer in Brazil can get production under way.

J.v.G. Thoma GmbH is a company whose vision has always been to harness the infinite power of the sun and convert it into an inexhaustible supply of energy. But a vision such as this requires global reach, and this project has opened new doors. Brazil is not only a gateway to South American cooperation, but also the launchpad to international reach and expansion.

Following the delivery of this initial order, J.v.G. Thoma GmbH will be looking forward to an ongoing collaboration with the Brazilian company. From setup and initial training to setting the scene for a ramp up, J.v.G. Thoma will be there to provide expertise and assistance. Moreover, the company will be jointly responsible, along with the client, for the successful integration of the DESERT solar module factory.

In the future, bigger DESERT power plants will be set up on Brazilian soil, and together with existing turnkey production systems, they intend to take up a large share of the products and assets this sector will possess locally. J.v.G. Thoma plans to build up a local network of sales agents that can extend a premium offering to neighbouring countries in South America. Eventually, the company hopes to be able to expand its customer base to clients in North America.

Hans Thoma, general manager from the Thoma-group, is eager to acquire a substantial market share in Brazil, a growing country with tremendous potential for solar energy output. Having complied with local official procedures (Inmetro, TÜV, Fraunhofer CSP) and cleared the way for future business collaboration, he expresses his hope that the solar industry will henceforth expand quickly.

”Being able to introduce Brazil to the infinite opportunities of a solar industry is a privilege for J.v.G. Thoma GmbH, and one that we are extremely grateful for. At the same time, this placed the ball squarely in our court, and the pressure to get the ball rolling quickly was high. Now that the lengthy initial formalities are out of the way, we can focus on making this project a success.“

The first DESERT solar module production in BRAZIL! Lets go ....
J.v.G. Thoma GmbH is delivering a DESERT turnkey production line to Brazil, the first of its kind and hopefully the first in many breakthroughs to leave the factory floor on their way to the largest country in South America. With a capacity of 30 MW, this is a small semi-automatic DESERT production line, but still a flagship in terms of DESERT solar module production and electricity generation in the country, now fully functional and ready to start with operation.

The machinery consists of DESERT production machines for high-efficiency DESERT solar modules built specifically for extreme hot climate, such as can be seen in deserts or in tropical areas. Made solely in Germany and built using the latest in DESERT and TROPIC module production, the systems inlcudes all cutting-edge technology.

Certified DESERT solar modules, DESERT containers, DESERT power plants and DESERT manufacturing machinery built using pioneering DESERT and TROPICS technology are now fully set up, and ready to perform. But powering on the machinery has been a long time coming. Up until recently, this advanced piece of equipment had been waiting for clearance at a port in Brazil. Now that the formalities have been dealt with, both J.v.G. Thoma and its customer in Brazil can get production under way.

J.v.G. Thoma GmbH is a company whose vision has always been to harness the infinite power of the sun and convert it into an inexhaustible supply of energy. But a vision such as this requires global reach, and this project has opened new doors. Brazil is not only a gateway to South American cooperation, but also the launchpad to international reach and expansion.

Following the delivery of this initial order, J.v.G. Thoma GmbH will be looking forward to an ongoing collaboration with the Brazilian company. From setup and initial training to setting the scene for a ramp up, J.v.G. Thoma will be there to provide expertise and assistance. Moreover, the company will be jointly responsible, along with the client, for the successful integration of the DESERT solar module factory.

In the future, bigger DESERT power plants will be set up on Brazilian soil, and together with existing turnkey production systems, they intend to take up a large share of the products and assets this sector will possess locally. J.v.G. Thoma plans to build up a local network of sales agents that can extend a premium offering to neighbouring countries in South America. Eventually, the company hopes to be able to expand its customer base to clients in North America.

Hans Thoma, general manager from the Thoma-group, is eager to acquire a substantial market share in Brazil, a growing country with tremendous potential for solar energy output. Having complied with local official procedures (Inmetro, TÜV, Fraunhofer CSP) and cleared the way for future business collaboration, he expresses his hope that the solar industry will henceforth expand quickly.

”Being able to introduce Brazil to the infinite opportunities of a solar industry is a privilege for J.v.G. Thoma GmbH, and one that we are extremely grateful for. At the same time, this placed the ball squarely in our court, and the pressure to get the ball rolling quickly was high. Now that the lengthy initial formalities are out of the way, we can focus on making this project a success.“

The first DESERT solar module production in BRAZIL! Let
Source: SCHOTT AG