Fresenius Kabi Expands US Sterile Injectables Capacity

August 18, 2016
Pharmaceutical Technology Editors

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Fresenius Kabi will add to its generic, sterile injectable manufacturing at its Melrose Park, Illinois site.

Fresenius Kabi will invest approximately $250 million over 10 years to expand the company’s Melrose Park site, which manufactures generic, sterile injectable pharmaceuticals used in hospitals and clinics throughout the United States, the company announced on Aug. 17, 2016. The expansion of the current Melrose Park site (near Chicago, Illinois) into a manufacturing campus is a multi-stage, multi-year project with ground breaking planned for 2017 and final project completion in 2026.

“We are creating a state-of-the-art pharmaceutical manufacturing campus that will be a showcase for our company and the production of injectable generic medicines,” said Steven R. Nowicki, senior vice-president of Global Operations for North America, Pharmaceuticals Division at Fresenius Kabi. Fresenius Kabi operates more than 70 manufacturing sites across the globe, including other sites in Illinois as well as in New York, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania; the Melrose Park location will be one of its largest.

The plant today produces a broad range of generic injectable medicines used to treat critically and chronically ill patients.  The expansion will create multiple new buildings connected to the existing manufacturing site and will feature fully automated aseptic filling lines using state-of-the-art isolator technology, expanded lyophilization (freeze-drying) capabilities, formulation areas, a dedicated warehouse for raw materials and components, and an administration building. 

“Our goal is to expand our US manufacturing capabilities while ensuring continued compliance with increasing regulatory and quality requirements and improve production capacity and efficiency,” Nowicki added.

Source: Fresenius Kabi