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Plastics Color’s Components Are Part of the Drug Master File

For medical device products and pharmaceutical packaging applications such as pre-filled syringes, it is helpful to our customers in these markets to know that the polymers, colorants and additives used in compounding custom colors are part of a Drug Master File (DMF). A DMF is a confidential, detailed document submitted by Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) manufacturers to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. A DMF contains the chemistry, manufacturing and controls of a drug component or the components used to contain the drug. This is important because some drugs can react with the

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Securing Your Pharma and Medical Supply Chain

The number one concern today for most manufacturers is how to secure their supply chain to ensure that their products are genuine and made to specification. That’s especially critical in the pharmaceutical industry where products such as prefilled syringes and inhalers are becoming more common. Some anti-counterfeiting measures that are being employed include holographic in-mold labels, molded into the syringe or inhaler device that can only be read under black light, and RFID (radio frequency identification) tags on the packaging. However, one effective key to securing and authenticating

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Plastics in medical devices a game changer

Plastics have long played a major role in the medical device industry. Thanks to plastics’ use in disposable “single-use” devices (syringes, intravenous delivery devices, etc.), infection rates have dropped dramatically over the past 50 years.The global medical device market is expected to reach US$302 billion in 2017, and big changes are expected. The way treatments are administered will change and there will be fewer invasive procedures and more minimally invasive surgeries. Devices are becoming smaller, especially electronic devices that help deliver drugs automatically at prescribed

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Don’t let microbes set up shop in your plastics

Antimicrobial additive technology for plastics has been around for more than a decade. These additives, which can be either organic or inorganic in nature, can be dispersed in plastic materials to prevent bacterial colonies from taking hold in products used in environments conducive to colony growth. These include marine environments; other moist, warm environments; hospital environments, construction applications such as Wood Plastic Composites (WPCs) using in decking and railing, and more.Antimicrobial additives are suitable for a variety of applications such as high-traffic public contact

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Antimicrobials for polymers increase cleanliness

Whether you are healthcare professional using plastic medical devices, or you have appliances in your home, everyone wants to try to keep plastic clean. To reduce stains, odors, or deterioration, custom-formulated antimicrobials for polymers have been created.Microbes are too small to be seen with the naked eye. Once the microbes have multiplied, only then can they be detected without a microscope. To affect the growth of bacteria, silver ions can be dispersed throughout the polymer matrix. The silver ions inhibit the growth of bacteria without disappearing themselves. Therefore the silver ion

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