Almac adds commercial packaging facility in Audubon, PA, US


Invests US$10m in a 100,000ft2 plant

Almac’s Pharma Services business has invested US$10m in a 100,000ft2 facility to expand its commercial packaging operations in Audubon, PA, US.

Bringing more than 30 years’ commercial packaging experience from its MHRA/FDA approved UK facilities and having established a reputation for delivering high quality, reliable and cost-effective commercial packaging solutions, clients can now leverage this expertise from a local US-based operation.

David Downey, vp commercial operations, commented: ‘For many years we have been bulk manufacturing and packaging US products from our UK facility. With the addition of the Audubon facility, we will now be able to offer these packaging services locally, providing cost saving and mitigating supply risks.’

Following completion of the evaluation and feasibility design work, refurbishment of the facility has begun and systems handover is scheduled for the autumn.

After receiving FDA approval, Almac will offer commercial primary and secondary packaging of tablets and capsules into bottles, blisters, wallets and hospital unit dose formats along with secondary labelling and packaging of biopharmaceutical presentations such as vials and ampoules. Complementing these services are dedicated teams in pack design and artwork management and in-house tooling fabrication. Significant warehousing in ambient, refrigerated and controlled drug storage completes the services offered.

Graeme McBurney, president and managing director of Almac Pharma Services, said: ‘We are delighted to be able to invest in new facilities and establish operations in the US. With the alignment of our packaging processes at both our UK and US sites, we offer the highest levels of customer service and continuity of supply, through a flexible and quality lead operation.’