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Series production of Gx RTF ClearJect plastic syringes started

, Gerresheimer

The pharmaceuticals and health care specialist Gerresheimer has commenced with series production of the new Gx RTF ClearJect syringes. The products of the high performance plastic COP (Cyclo Olefin Polymer) are used where especially sophisticated medications need to be packaged. The new Gx RTF ClearJect syringe 1 ml long with cannula is the first plastic syringe developed and produced by Gerresheimer itself.

Gerresheimer brought together its comprehensive competence in glass production at the Bünde location and the expertise of its plastic specialist in the Technical Competence Center (TCC) Wackersdorf for the development and industrialization of the new syringe. The production facility was thus planned and built by the automation team of the Technical Competence Center; the know-how for the quality control and quality guidelines for primary packaging originates from the inspection specialists of the glass location Bünde, and was adapted jointly to the specific requirements of plastic production. Production takes place pursuant to the especially high quality requirements for pharmaceutical primary packaging material corresponding to GMP. The new production facility is conceived in such a way that the entire processing chain from injection molding to finished RTF packaging is covered. A series of cameras were installed at various stations for quality control, with which all relevant geometrical parameters and cosmetic-visual defects are checked for each individual product.

Innovative medications mean strict requirements for their primary packaging. Especially biotechnologically manufactured active agents may not interact with the packaging, because this could mean undesirable effects for patients. Gx RTF ClearJect syringes offer especially low interaction potential. The material COP has a high pH tolerance, does not emit metal ions into the medication solution, and therefore causes no displacement of the pH value while in storage. The syringe is manufactured as an injection molding part in an 8-fold hot runner mold. The cannula is also thereby injected at the same time and does not need to be retroactively glued in. Tungsten and glue residue is therefore eliminated with the Gx RTF ClearJect syringes. The precise geometry of the injection molding part reduces the dead volume in the syringe, leaving behind less of the expensive medication in the syringe. Also attractive is the increased safety for the end consumer. COP is particularly break-resistant, making it suitable for packaging aggressive or toxic materials.

The new Gerresheimer Gx RTF ClearJect COP syringe is available in the long 1 ml size with cannula. The design corresponds to ISO 11040-6. The first version of the syringe is equipped with a 27-gage, 1/2-inch (12.7 mm), and thin-walled stainless-steel needle with three bevels. The syringes are siliconized with a precisely controlled amount of high-viscosity, and thus low-particle Dow Corning 360 MD (12,500 cSt) silicone oil, offering a comprehensive syringe system that completes the COP syringe body with plunger rods, plunger stoppers, finger flange, and closure systems. An economically efficient complete solution is achieved through the use of commercially available standard components.

Gerresheimer will exhibit the new Gx RTF ClearJect plastic syringe in October at the CPhI in Madrid (Stand 4C30). The presentation will be accompanied by a lecture from Bernd Zeiss (Head of Global Technical Support, Gerresheimer Bünde GmbH) on Wednesday, October 10, 2018, from 4:30–5:00 p.m. in the Innopack&P-Mec theatre.

About Gerresheimer

Gerresheimer is a leading global partner to the pharma and healthcare industry. With specialty glass and plastic products, the Company contributes to health and well-being. Gerresheimer operates worldwide and its approximately 10,000 employees manufacture products in local markets, close to its customers. With our plants in Europe, North America, South America, and Asia, we generate revenues of approximately EUR 1.4 billion. The comprehensive product portfolio includes pharmaceutical packaging and products for the safe, simple administration of medicines: insulin pens, inhalers, micro pumps, prefillable syringes, injection vials, ampoules, bottles, and containers for liquid and solid medicines with closure and safety systems as well as packaging for the cosmetics industry.

Gx is a registered brand of the Gerresheimer Group.
RTF is a registered brand of Gerresheimer Bünde GmbH.

, Gerresheimer

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