Schott: Safe packaging for today's and tomorrow's medicines

2011-01-01 | Containers

Schott Pharmaceutical Packaging is one of the world’s leading suppliers of parenteral packaging for the pharmaceutical industry. More than 600 production lines in 14 countries worldwide produce more than seven billion syringes, vials, ampoules, cartridges and special articles of tubing glass or polymer. Excellent raw materials, state-of-the-art manufacturing, use of the most up-to-date technologies, and continuous research and development lead to innovative product solutions to meet the high demands of the pharmaceutical industry.

Schott: Safe packaging for today's and tomorrow's medicines
INTRODUCTION
The pharmaceutical industry is facing growing challenges all over the world. The development and approval of new drugs calls for increasingly higher investments in research and administration. At the same time, price pressures are increasing and losses due to the end of patent protection pose a threat that can reach billions. Generic manufacturers are already preparing for numerous blockbusters. According to an analysis performed by the consulting firm Accenture, patents on medications that account for USD 130 billion in sales are due to expire by 2015.
Developing new growth markets poses yet another challenge. Above all, however, the pharmaceutical industry must keep patients’ needs in mind. This means new routes must be taken and sustainable innovations are in demand for the medicine of the future. In addition to the drugs themselves, their packaging also require special know-how. Ensuring the best possible protection for these highly sensitive products calls for manufacturers with ideas. And Cornelia Yzer, the Director of the Association of Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (VFA), is not the only one pleading for “internationally accepted quality standards and an effective monitoring system”, due to increasing imports and exports of drugs. Nevertheless, “quality management differs from country to country,” notes Sarah Russell from the Health Systems and Services Department of the World Health Organization (WHO) in describing one of the major challenges tha...

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