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 Worldwide glass primary packaging supplier SGD Pharma announces the continued expansion of its Ready-to-Use (RTU) Sterinity molded glass vial platform with the introduction of amber glass 50ml volume option in Tray, now available ex-stock.

The addition of 50ml amber molded glass vials to the Sterinity platform, developed at industrial scale by a leading molded glass manufacturer, allows global pharmaceutical companies to accelerate the time-to-market of their high-value parenteral drugs with an RTU primary packaging solution for large brimful capacities, for which molded glass has historically been the preferred option.

Alexander Bautista, Product Manager Sterinity Platform, confirms: “Not only is our Sterinity 50ml RTU vial now also available in amber glass – which protects sensitive drugs from the harmful effects of light– but we are able to offer customers the immediate lead times that are currently not available elsewhere for Type I vials in large brimful capacities. The Sterinity 50ml vials in both amber and flint versions are already validated according to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards and compliant with US and European Pharmacopoeias, and the DMF (drug master files) will be available in May 2021, making this the optimal pharmaceutical packaging container choice for drugs from early development through to commercial phases. Our global customers are reassured that their time-to-market will not be impacted by the stock availability of 50ml RTU molded glass vials.”

The range extension for the Sterinity platform answers the potential need of the pharmaceutical industry to alleviate any supply chain pressures for parenteral primary packaging materials. Having a reliable secondary supplier to provide high-quality alternative packaging options helps to mitigate supply chain risk and ensure Business Continuity in the event of shortages, which is facilitated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA)’s March 2021 Guidance for Industry: COVID-19 Container Closure System and Component Changes: Glass Vials and Stoppers.1 This guidance combines the various documentation issued in the past to support SGD Pharma’s customers in any change in vial type.

Molded glass represents approximately 40% of the injectable vials market and is becoming an increasingly popular solution: its higher mechanical resistance reduces the risk of breakages during fill/finish and safeguards against harsh processing conditions such as lyophilization, while improved chemical performance minimizes extractables and particle contamination to meet United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) <660> and USP <1660> guidelines.

The robust mechanical and chemical resistance of molded glass makes the SGD Pharma’s 50ml ISO version an optimum solution for hazardous liquids like cytotoxic drugs. The 50ml EasyLyo version is an optimized solution for sensitive drugs manufactured through lyophilization/freeze drying, such as some oncological treatments. The Tray and its secondary packaging design are a state-of-the-art solution that eliminates glass-to-glass contact, reducing the risk of particles contamination while granting the sterility and physical integrity of each vial.

The Sterinity platform, which already included 20–25ml EasyLyo in Tray (both flint and amber) and now 50ml ISO/EasyLyo in Tray (both flint and amber), offers high quality pre-sterilized Type I molded glass to speed up aseptic filling processes and reduces time-to-market for high value parenteral drugs.

SGD Pharma was the first molded glass manufacturer to offer RTU vials for injectable drugs. Its long-serving partnership with Stevanato Group has enabled the company to introduce 50ml amber glass vials powered by SG EZ-fill® – an industry-recognized secondary packaging platform that supports end-to-end RTU processes. Upfront washing, depyrogenation, and sterilization steps are taken care of, with RTU Type I molded glass vials arriving in Trays or in Nest & Tubs ready for manual, semi-automatic, or automating fill/finish, allowing pharma companies to focus on core business activities to expedite product launches.

Large size amber glass RTU format vials add to the extensive Sterinity range, providing the pharma industry with access to 20ml, 25ml and 50ml vials available ex-stock and a reliable supply source for primary packaging. This range extension in amber is the first of several to be announced by SGD Pharma in 2021, including the upcoming 100ml ISO RTU in Tray and the 20ml EasyLyo in Nest & Tub.


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