NextPharma increases bottling capacity in Germany

Published: 7-Jul-2010

Adds bottle filling line for tablets at Göttingen facility

NextPharma has added a new bottle filling line for tablets at its Göttingen, Germany facility, a centre of excellence for dry dosage forms.

The 45-metre U-Form line is built with a completely separate primary area for filling and sealing and a secondary area for labelling and packaging. The company says this addition meets GMP/FDA standards and is a 'significant addition' to the packaging technologies for solid dosage forms at its Göttingen site.

The line, which has been designed to serve the US market, can fill different forms of tablets, capsules and coated tablets into plastic and glass bottles of differing forms and sizes. The line is currently set up to provide six bottling formats and further formats can be added as required. Round or square bottles can be bundled or packed directly into boxes on the line and sealed with screw- or press-on caps with tamperproof or childproof seals. The labelling unit can also provide a number of different formats including a printed data matrix code.

The line can be adapted to provide desiccant conditions, filling material insertions such as foam, induction sealings, packaging for special shipping, or presentation cartons with data matrix codes.

Hermann Osterwald, managing director of NextPharma Technologies’ Contract Manufacturing Services (CMS), said: 'We are pleased to have added this new facility to our already extensive solid dosage manufacturing and packaging facility in Göttingen, which maximises further our flexibility to meet customer requirements.’

NextPharma Göttingen has many years of experience in the manufacture and packaging of solid dosage forms. It was established as a centre of excellence for manufacturing and packaging conventional solid dosage forms following its extensive refurbishment in 2007. In addition to tablets and hard gelatin capsules it can manufacture and package effervescent tablets and sachets and provide Alu-Alu blister packaging. In addition, Göttingen can provide clinical trial packaging, pharmaceutical development and microbiological testing.

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