Protecting Pharmaceutical / Nutraceutical Products with Flow Dry Desiccants
Pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, food and food supplements are all subject to change and degradation over time as the result of interaction with the environment surrounding them. The rate of degradation for these critical applications can vary significantly, depending upon the nature of the product, the nature of the environment it is contained within, and the controls applied to that environment.
Stability is the ability of a product to be stored over a period of time, while remaining within the established specifications for identity, strength, quality and purity.
Shelf life is the period of time a product can remain within the boundaries of the stated specifications. The shelf life is often reflected in the expiration date on the product package.
Moisture in the environment surrounding a product can have a profound negative impact on stability, and thus shelf life of a pharmaceutical product. There are three crucial times to consider in choosing a desiccant for a product:
- Immediately after being packaged: The desiccant must adsorb the residual moisture from the air in the package and the product.
- In transit: The desiccant must hold onto the moisture it has adsorbed through the full range of conditions that the package will experience, such as the high temperaturesof a truck in the summer, the very cold temperatures of a truck in the winter, or the very cool and humid conditions of a container on a ship in the ocean.
- In storage while on a shelf in a warehouse, a store, or with the end customerthe desiccant must be sized to adsorb the moisture that gets into the package over time.We work with your packaging engineers and chemists to assess your specific application to select the right adsorbent and recommend a SorbaTech® product that will best meet your specific needs.
We work with your packaging engineers and chemists to assess your specific application to select the right adsorbent and recommend a SorbaTech® product that will best meet your specific needs.