Clariant offers pharma desiccants for bulk use

The Switzerland-based producers of speciality chemicals has introduced Sorb-It pharma desiccant bags

Clariant, a specialty chemicals company, has launched the Sorb-It pharma desiccant bags with its Healthcare Packaging business line. According to the company, the desiccant bags offer an enhanced line of desiccants produced in new ISO 15378 GMP certified facilities, to comply with global standards for primary pharmaceutical packaging.

“The introduction of Sorb-It pharma desiccant bags marks a final milestone in Clariant’s plan to produce its pharmaceutical desiccant lines in ISO 15378 certified production environments,” said Mark Florez, product manager of Clariant Healthcare Packaging.

He continued: “ISO 15378 is globally recognised by the pharmaceutical industry and it is important that we offer our full range of products accordingly."

Filled with silica-gel desiccant the Sorb-It pharma desiccant bags are available in a range of standard sizes for protecting bulk drugs, finished drugs during excursion and storage, active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), and work-in-process.

The new desiccant bags comply with US Pharmaceopeia USP<670> testing requirements for auxiliary packaging components.

Florez explained that the new Sorb-It pharma product line for bulk pharmaceuticals is the result of a recent investment by Clariant in a new ISO 15378 GMP certified facility at its Belen, New Mexico, US, plant.

Clariant already produces two other types of pharmaceutical desiccant products – packets and canisters that are used in finished drug product containers – in ISO 15378 GMP certified facilities.

Florez added that manufacturing equipment used to make all of these pharmaceutical desiccant products – desiccant bags, packets, and canisters – is operated under the same compliance procedures.