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Active packaging for China’s pharma industry

Source:API China 2015

Date Published:5/16/2015 01:05:41 PM

A full line of rigid desiccant canisters and capsules will be featured by Clariant at Booth 2L88 in Hall 2 at API China 2015  
ONE of the biggest challenges of a vibrant pharmaceutical industry – such as China’s, which is growing quickly at 15% to 16% annually with output of 800,000 tons of pharmaceutical ingredients – is a secure means of storage for the proper protection of healthcare products. Even within plastic containers, tablets and pills can still be exposed to moisture and oxygen that permeate the package from the outside environment. This not only affects the chemical and physical stability of drugs, but also could create undesirable odors. 
To overcome such challenge for the pharmaceutical industry, seasoned healthcare packaging solution providers like Clariant are supplying the industry with desiccants designed especially for the protection of drugs. They preserve drug products by addressing the moisture that can enter the microenvironment of the package from various sources, including moisture trapped in the headspace during packaging or released from the drug product itself, moisture vapor transmission through pharmaceutical bottle walls throughout shelf life and ingress during open-close cycles by the patient.
Designed especially for the pharmaceutical industry, the small cylindrical containers filled with active agents can be inserted at high rates of speed into pharmaceutical bottles. They have become the gold standard of pharmaceutical desiccants when controlled atmosphere packaging is required to control moisture, odor and other volatiles.
Meeting US FDA standards for direct contact with food and drugs, this active packaging platform is customizable with various sorbent materials. Ideal for pharmaceutical packaging and nutritional packaging, they are available with silica gel, bentonite clay and molecular sieve.
In addition, the desiccants can be integrated into product packaging in three different ways: dropped-in; integrated into a closure or in the bottom of the container; or embedded directly into the polymer matrix of the container or another packaging component. 
"Our customers find canisters a proven and growing form of moisture control for pharmaceutical applications, which can be tailored in different combinations for specific needs and humidity levels," says Albert Zhao, head of Sales Asia Pacific and Operation China, Clariant Healthcare Packaging. 
Clariant's expertise and capability in delivering healthcare packaging solution was strengthened last year when it acquired the former VitaPac, a company known for its innovative, technology-driven product lines addressing pharmaceutical stability and shelf life.  The acquisition complements the portfolio of Clariant’s Business Line Medical Specialties within its Business Unit Masterbatches. The acquired manufacturing facility located in Dongguan, southeast China, has added to the manufacturing capability and capacity of Clariant to supply to its customers in the fast-growing healthcare industry of China as well as other regions globally. 
“Our newly acquired production facility in Dongguan has made the products even more accessible for those customers in the Greater China region, especially when customization is needed,” explains Mr. Zhao, adding that Clariant's technical and customer service teams will be available at Booth 2L88 in Hall 2, to explain products in detail and to answer any question from the visitors.
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