Ensuring the safety and effectiveness of customized medications is a key priority of compounding pharmacists for protecting patients. However, there are still more than half of a million adverse medication-related events reported every single year to the FDA. This is estimated to be only 10% of all actual adverse events, according to estimates published by the FDA and Adverse Events, Inc.
As a result, federal and state regulators have greatly strengthened their oversight of compounding pharmacies and their methods of enforcement. It is important, now more than ever for compounding pharmacies to evaluate their current processes. The fact is, doing “as good as” or “better than” current standard practices is becoming the expectation of these federal and state officials.
For many years hand-washing vials or using some sort of a “dishwasher” has been the standard practice in most compounding pharmacies. However, washing vials manually is not only time consuming and inconsistent, it often fails to remove contaminants and yields results that cannot be validated. How does one achieve a process that can be validated? Automate it. This is the only way.
Machines repeat the same process over and over again and they guarantee that vials have been cleaned not only for the safety of patients, but within the FDA standards and requirements.
For almost 25 years, PennTech has optimized and perfected the art of vial washing. With a foundation in vial washing, they have been able to design and manufacture the perfect aseptic solution to help keep Compounding Pharmacies USP and cGMP Compliant. Traditional vial washers have many moving parts (grippers with springs, penetrating spray needles, chains, moving rods, gears, belts, chains, grease points, etc.) in the washing chamber. Not only do these all generate particulates, but often they also cause glass chipping and vial breakage. PennTech vial washers are designed with minimal moving parts and use servo motors rather than gears, belts, and chains.
Since 1992, success in performance and reliability has led to an ever increasing and diverse product line, to include: vial washers, trayloaders, sterilization tunnels, filling/stopper-inserting machines, automatic lyo loading machines, capping machines and external decontamination machines. Today, PennTech is the only company in the United States to manufacture complete aseptic vial processing lines.
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