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Elmsford, NY, United States, 2016/04/26 - Double chamber cartridges combine stable storage, reliable reconstitution with convenient and safe administration - SCHOTT.com.
Roughly a quarter of new injectable drugs, vaccines, and biologicals are freeze-dried and have to be reconstituted prior to injection. For these drugs SCHOTT developed a double chamber cartridge that provides a safe solution: The drug and the diluent are stored in consecutive chambers separated by a plunger, and are easily reconstituted. Medical professionals and patients favor double chamber cartridges because they’re simple to operate. Plus, because of its high dosage accuracy, the system is safe and convenient for patients, especially when the cartridge stores a highly concentrated drug.
SCHOTT’s double chamber cartridge feature a bypass in the glass barrel that allows the contents to mix before the drug is injected. Turning the pen lock pushes the plunger, leveling it to the bypass and forcing the diluting liquid through a 0.1 millimeter opening and into the second chamber; the liquid then reconstitutes the drug. Now, the exact dosage of the drug can be injected without risking contamination.
“Double chamber cartridges serve four key functions in one single packaging product. These cartridges allow for the two components of the medicine the freeze-dried drug and the dilution liquid to be stored, protected, reconstituted, and administered safely and conveniently,” said Christopher Cassidy, VP Sales & Marketing - North America.
SCHOTT’s double chamber cartridges can combine a liquid drug with liquid diluent or freeze-dried drug with liquid diluent. Alternatively, the active ingredient can also be filled in liquid form and then be lyophilized inside a freeze dryer. These cartridges are compatible with common pen systems, and can be adapted to meet customer needs.
SCHOTT (us.schott.com) 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 15,000 employees, sales of $2.24 billion were generated in fiscal year 2014/2015.