BD and Aptar Pharma launch plunger stopper to de-risk drug delivery

The stopper is designed to deliver improved functional performance, such as reduced glide force and glide force variability in a combination product

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a global medical technology company, has announced the launch of the BD SCF PremiumCoatPlunger Stopper in partnership with Aptar Pharma, a provider drug delivery services.

BD SCF PremiumCoat is a syringe plunger stopper designed to support the injection of biologics into subcutaneous tissue with a 1mlL pre-filled syringe. The design incorporates Aptar Pharma’s rubber formulation and film technology intended to limit drug component interactions and drug integrity. The stopper is designed to deliver improved functional performance, such as reduced glide force and glide force variability in a combination product.

“Biologics represent a critical and fast-growing segment of the drug market in the fight against serious diseases,” said Eric Borin, Worldwide President of BD Medical-Pharmaceutical Systems. “Enhanced biologic combination products are needed to ensure that patients and their caregivers can administer these drugs from the comfort of their homes. This partnership with Aptar Pharma will help deliver on that need.”

The product is aimed to address the need for pharmaceutical companies to de-risk drug development and support time to market while improving operational efficiencies and reducing stopper-related quality issues. Product quality is reportedly verified, in part, using BD Visioguard 100% camera inspection.

“The launch of BD SCF PremiumCoat Plunger Stopper, merging BD and Aptar Pharma’s expertise, brings a new generation of coated plunger stopper solutions to the market to support the protection of sensitive drugs by reducing the quantity and species of probable leachables,” said Gabriel Zenker, President, Aptar Pharma Injectables. “In partnering with BD, we look forward to furthering our support of biotech companies in their efforts to provide safe and easy-to-use drug delivery systems, while we continue to invest in new technologies to address the evolving needs of market.”

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