West expands manufacturing capacity at Scottsdale, Arizona

To meet demand for SmartDose electronic wearable injector

West increases capacity at its plant in Scottsdale, Arizona to meet increased demand for the SmartDose electronic wearable injector

Drug delivery specialist West Pharmaceutical Services has expanded capabilities at its Scottsdale, Arizona facility in the US to meet increased demand for the SmartDose electronic wearable injector.

SmartDose is a single-use, electronic wearable injector that adheres to the patient’s body, usually on the abdomen, and is pre-programmed to deliver high volumes of viscous or sensitive drug products. The device includes a Daikyo Crystal Zenith drug container with elastomer components using FluroTec barrier film. The needle is automatically shielded before and after use to help prevent accidental needlestick injury.

The expanded capabilities at the Scottsdale site include cleanroom manufacturing and additional laboratory space. New jobs are being created in R&D, engineering, quality and operations functions to ramp-up production, new development and sustainable engineering.

West's President of Pharmaceutical Delivery Systems Eric Resnick said: 'Expanding our manufacturing capabilities in Scottsdale – and continuing scaling up production in Israel – will enable rapid, dual sourcing to our customers and help them bring innovative new treatments to market.'

Designed to deliver high volumes of injectable drugs over an extended period of time, SmartDose makes it easier for patients to self-administer medication and encourages compliance with prescribed treatments. Patients have already self-administered thousands of doses using SmartDose in clinical settings. West has delivered more than 100,000 units of SmartDose and in excess of 800,000 validated Daikyo Crystal Zenith drug containers to pharmaceutical manufacturers for development projects and clinical trials, including eight active programmes at various stages of pre-commercial development.

Resnick added: 'Medication adherence is an ongoing challenge in the pharmaceutical industry, and non-adherence is a leading cause of poor clinical outcomes and increased healthcare costs.

'We designed SmartDose to be an easy-to-use, intuitive and reliable drug delivery system that can help boost adherence for injectable medications – and the customer response has been tremendous.'

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