“Perfect glass tubing is the prerequisite for perfect pharmaceutical packaging. And we offer both. Packaging manufacturers who receive their glass tubing from SCHOTT and the pharmaceutical companies all over the world that we supply with finished packaging products benefit from this. Highest quality – that’s our motto with respect to both stages in the value creation chain.”Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ungeheuer, Chairman of the Board of Management of SCHOTT AG
Quality control and safety are also at the top of the list. In fact, SCHOTT even developed a coding system together with partners. A tiny 2D data matrix that measures only 2 x 2 millimeters is applied to the container by laser without reducing the stability and safety of the glass. Important data, including the filling station, quantity and date, as well as the dosage and name of the product, can thus be permanently recorded on the glass packaging and be read later on. Yet another advantage is that this allows for these products to be protected against counterfeiting.
This is a rather important aspect, because the pharmaceutical industry will need to combat counterfeiting even more actively in the future. According to a recent estimate from the WHO, for instance, every second anti-malaria drug in Southeast Asia is now already an imitation. At the 63rd WHO World Health Assembly, Eduardo Pisani, President of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA), asserted that “combating counterfeit medications is important to ensuring quality assurance, safety and efficacy in all pharmaceutical markets.”
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