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Derisking the Development of Sensitive Injectables

In this webinar presented by Aptar Pharma, Sebastien Cordier, an industry leader in injectable drug delivery and packaging solutions, delivered a comprehensive review on Extractables and Leachables (E&L) for primary packaging, the manufacture of rubber components used in pharmaceutical packaging and some of the reasons why E&Ls must be carefully considered when choosing a primary packaging. This webinar offers valuable insights into the complexities of E&L studies and the regulatory landscape surrounding them. Furthermore, Mr Cordier presents a compelling case study on PremiumCoat® plunger for pre-filled syringes, highlighting the efficacy of the ETFE film in mitigating E&L risks.

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Speaker(s): Sébastien Cordier
7 Jun 2024

Rubber is a critical material in pharmaceutical packaging, offering flexibility, resilience, and chemical compatibility. However, its production process involves the use of synthetic rubber as well as fillers and curing agents, which all contain chemicals that may migrate into pharmaceutical products over time. These chemicals that may migrate into the drug products are known as extractables. They are referred to as leachables when they are detected in the drug product under normal storage conditions. The presence of E&Ls poses potential risks to patient safety and product integrity, making their assessment a crucial aspect of pharmaceutical development.

Sebastien Cordier delves into the regulatory concerns associated with E&L, noting that agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) have established stringent guidelines for E&L testing. These regulations are designed to ensure that pharmaceutical products are safe for patients and that their efficacy is not compromised by packaging components. Compliance with these guidelines is the responsibility of drug manufacturers and is of paramount importance for ensuring patient safety.

In addition to discussing Pharmaceutical manufacturers responsibilities regarding E&L testing, the webinar highlights a method that can help companies choose the best closure solution and reduce development risks. Simulation studies, perform by Aptar Pharma, leverage similar methodologies as leachables studies, and use model solvents to evaluate the actual risk Pharmaceutical manufacturers may face during their validation process. This method leverages state of the art gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS).

The webinar concludes with a review of a case study on the PremiumCoat® plunger, Aptar Pharma’s best-in-class platform of closure solutions. The plunger features an ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) film coating that is applied at the drug contact surface to act as a barrier against E&L. Using the simulation study strategy, Aptar Pharma scientifically demonstrated that the ETFE-film allows for a significant reduction in the number and quantity of potential leachables that could go into the drug product.

This webinar provides expert insight into the production of rubber for pharmaceutical packaging, the regulatory considerations regarding Extractables and Leachables and offers a methodological approach that could help Pharmaceutical Manufacturers derisk their choice of primary packaging components. The case study on the PremiumCoat® plungers illustrate the efficiency of this approach and Aptar Pharma’s commitment to support Pharmaceutical partners in their injectable drug development. Aptar Pharma also offers a full range of analytical and development services with Gateway Analytical, including complete extractables and leachables studies, but also particulate analysis and container closure integrity.

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