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Melanie Sena is community editor of Pharmaceutical Technology.
EMD Millipore's new Drypour packaging system helps minimize caking of pharmaceutical raw materials.
EMD Millipore, the life-science division of Merck KGaA, has introduced the Drypour packaging system, which minimizes caking during transport and storage of hygroscopic salts used in pharmaceutical manufacturing. The system, which consists of a polyethylene drum with a tamper-evident seal, apolyethylene liner with integrated desiccant bags, and a breathable interior Tyvek liner, helps improve operational efficiency by reducing the time and effort needed to break up heavily caked raw materials, according to the company.
The drum and polyethylene liner prevent outside moisture from entering the product. Any water vapor in the product itself can permeate the interior, tear-resistant Tyvek liner, migrate into the outer polyethylene liner and be absorbed by the integrated desiccant. Unlike other packaging systems, the desiccant bags in the Drypour system are fixed to the perforated polyethylene liner, thus preventing contact with the product, so product quality is not compromised, according to the company. For maximum effect, the desiccant bags are mounted in varying places on the liner.
A range of the company's line of Emprove pharmaceutical raw materials is available in the Drypour packaging system. The Drypour system is available in 100-kilogram package sizes and can be moved with common handling devices. The system meets both European Pharmacopoeia and USP requirements.
Source: EMD Millipore