Merck Millipore introduces Drypour packaging

To minimise caking of pharmaceutical raw materials

The Drypour packaging system minimises caking of hygroscopic salts used in pharmaceutical manufacturing

Merck Millipore, the life science division of Merck KGaA, says its new Drypour packaging system minimises caking of hygroscopic salts used in pharmaceutical manufacturing during transport and storage.

The packaging consists of a polyethylene drum with a tamper-evident seal, a polyethylene liner with integrated desiccant bags and a breathable interior Tyvek liner.

The drum and polyethylene liner prevent outside moisture from entering the product. Any water vapour in the product itself can permeate the tear-resistant Tyvek liner, migrate into the outer polyethylene liner and be absorbed by the integrated desiccant. The desiccant bags are fixed to the perforated polyethylene liner, thus preventing contact with the product, so product quality is not compromised. For maximum effect, the desiccant bags are mounted in varying places on the liner.

'The Drypour packaging system addresses the shortcomings associated with existing packaging options, increasing operational efficiency and reducing the risk of contamination,' commented Philip Schaefer, Head of Pharm Chemicals Solutions at Merck Millipore.

'By integrating the desiccant directly into the liner system, hygroscopic salts are better protected from moisture with no exposure to the desiccant itself. Because caking is minimised with the Drypour system, users no longer have to invest significant time and resources to break apart hardened chemicals, a manual process that also carries the risk of introducing contaminants.'

The company's Emprove pharmaceutical raw materials are available in the Drypour packaging system, which comes in 100kg package sizes and can be moved with common handling devices.

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