Almac Expands Commercial Packaging Facility

November 17, 2016

The company expanded its commercial packaging facility in response to a growing demand for pediatric drugs.

On Nov. 14, 2016 Almac Group announced that the company has expanded its MHRA/FDA-approved United Kingdom commercial packaging facility with the acquisition of a stick sachet packing line from Merz. The acquisition comes in response to growing demand for the specialist packaging solutions for pediatric drug products, specifically powders, minitabs, or granules into stickpack sachets, Almac said in a press announcement.

This investment was made in partnership with a long-term commercial US client who sought an integrated commercial manufacturing and packaging solution for the EU supply of their new pediatric formulation drug product. In line with EU Paediatric Regulations (EC1901/2006 and EC1902/2006), the US client implemented its pediatric investigation plan (PIP) and developed and launched an age appropriate formulation to meet infant patient needs, with Almac manufacturing the pediatric granules and performingprimary packing into stickpack sachets and then into wallet cards.

The Merz SBL-50 stickpack technology is a fully automated forming, filling, and sealing machine capable of filling 80 stickpacks per minute. This flexible technology has capacity to process new pediatric drug products (powders, granules, and minitabs) that require this specialist packaging.

Source: Almac