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.