Glass has always been the material of choice for manufacturing pharmaceutical packaging. The main reason is that glass is an inert material that prevents gases and other volatile substances, for example, from penetrating the wall of the glass and entering the pharmaceutical product. However, different qualities of glass are available. Glass for primary pharmaceutical packaging must fulfill a wide range of requirements stipulated in the latest versions of regulations and pharmacopoeia as well as international standards such as ISO 720, ISO 719 und ASTM E 438. Dispensaries categorize glass into three types (I to III). Type I represents the highest quality level and packaging from this category is recommended for parenteral pharmaceutical solutions whereas type III glass is manufactured for specimens that are not intended for parenteral administration.
Highest quality standards – from FIOLAX® and AR-Glas® to ILLAX®
For many decades, technology experts at SCHOTT have been developing and manufacturing a comprehensive selection of special glasses for pharmaceutical packaging, such as glass for syringes, vials, ampoules and cartridges. FIOLAX® has been the epitimoy of the highest quality, premium glass since 1911. Not only is this type I glass available in a completely transparent form (FIOLAX® clear), but also in an amber design with light protection properties for sensitive pharmaceuticals (FIOLAX® amber). Transparent AR-Glas® (type III), high chemical-resistant BORO-8330™ and light protecting ILLAX® glass complete the product portfolio.
SCHOTT works according to the highest quality standards to ensure the consistent quality of all the products it manufactures, including glass for vials, syringes, and ampoules. Certification of all SCHOTT Tubing facilities according to EN ISO 15378:2011, for example, provide evidence of the company's ability to reach these high quality standards. This standard covers GMP guidelines applicable to pharmaceutical suppliers.
For further information and technical details, view our selection of brochures and data sheets available for download in the Glass Tubing Explorer.
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