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10-28-2015, Vienna, Austria

PDA Universe of Prefilled Syringes: SCHOTT Experts Lead 2-Day Workshop on Glass vs. Polymer

SCHOTT presents its broad portfolio of glass and polymer syringes at the PDA Universe of Prefilled Syringes in Vienna.
SCHOTT presents its broad portfolio of glass and polymer syringes at the PDA Universe of Prefilled Syringes in Vienna.
SCHOTT will offer a two-day interactive session to settle the question of whether glass or polymer is the best material for pharmaceutical packaging. Led by Dr. Bettine Boltres and Anil Busimi, “A Tale of Two Materials: What the Glass vs. Polymer Debate Really Means” will overview the strengths and weaknesses of each material and reveal why the question of glass versus polymer always depends on the user’s needs for each application. The workshop will be held on Nov. 5-6 in conjunction with the PDA Universe of Pre-filled Syringes and Injection Devices conference. To register for the workshop visit the PDA website.

Day one of the workshop will focus on glass, covering its chemical and physical properties, hydrolytic resistance and surface alkalinity, as well as drug container interactions and how to prevent glass breakage. Day two will turn to polymers, providing an overview of polymer pre-filled syringe (PFS) solutions, materials and properties, and different applications and interactions. Day two will conclude with a discussion of how to evaluate whether glass or polymer PFS is best for a particular application, factoring in regulations, fill-finish operations, and the challenges of each material.

SCHOTT’s Dr. Bettine Boltres, Product Manager Pharmaceutical Tubing, and Anil Busimi, Head of Product Management, Syringe Business, will share their glass and polymer experience with R&D, fill-finish, regulatory affairs, supply chain, marketing, and top management professionals.

“We hear the question again and again: Is glass or polymer the better material for pharmaceutical packaging?” said Busimi. “Especially as PFS solutions grow in popularity and packaging plays a larger role in drug success, the material must meet the needs of the drug and its delivery to patients. In this two-day session, we’ll explain why there’s no one answer on which material is better—it depends on the drug and the application. We’ll help you weigh the pros and cons of each material so you know what questions to ask to ensure every drug is effective and safe.”

In addition to the workshop, SCHOTT will display its broad portfolio at the PDA Universe of Pre-filled Syringes and Injection Devices conference on Nov. 3-4 in booths #125 and #126 in cooperation with Vanrx Pharmasystems, a manufacturer of innovative aseptic filling workcells for the production of sterile injectables.

SCHOTT is a leading international technology group in the areas of specialty glass and glass-ceramics. The company has more than 130 years of outstanding development, materials, and technology expertise and offers a broad portfolio of high-quality products and intelligent solutions. SCHOTT is an innovative enabler for many industries, including the home appliance, pharmaceutical, electronics, optics, automotive, and aviation industries. SCHOTT strives to play an important part of everyone’s life and is committed to innovation and sustainable success. The group maintains a global presence with production sites and sales offices in 35 countries. With its workforce of approximately 15,400 employees, sales of $2.55 billion were generated in fiscal year 2013/2014.
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