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Gerresheimer adds ready-to-fill vials to primary packaging portfolio

Gerresheimer, a provider of primary packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical industry, is adding ready-to-fill (RTF) vials to its portfolio.

Gerresheimer and Ompihave signed an agreement that allows Gerresheimer to use the Ompi EZ-fill packaging technology.

Ompi is a unit of Stevanato Group, which provides glass primary packaging for the pharmaceutical industry.

As per the deal, Gerresheimer will use the Ompi EZ-fill packaging technology for its new Gx ready to fill (RTF) vials.

Based on the existing quality offerings for vials such as PharmaPlus and Elite Glass, the Gerresheimer’s new Gx RTF vials will initially be made available in small batches for clinical trials stage, and will be produced industrially in future.

With the ready to fill packaging solutions for vials based on Ompi EZ-fill packaging design, Gerresheimer expects to meet customer requirements regarding quality, flexibility and less complexity.

Gerresheimer CEO Uwe Röhrhoff said: “Our new portfolio will meet the growing demand for comprehensive solutions. Together with Ompi we will make a further step towards establishing one standardized platform for ready-to-fill vials, which make the customer process very easy and smooth.”

The Ompi EZ-fill process technology allows pharmaceutical customers to immediately fill the ready to use vials and cartridges, thus reducing total cost of ownership.

Stevanato Group Pharmaceutical Systems division general manager Mauro Stocchi said: “Our solution, which has proved to be scalable, will benefit the customer with more flexibility, increased quality and safety and quicker time to market.”

Gerresheimer offers vials, the standard primary packaging for parenteral drugs, in all size for biotech and other specialist pharma drugs.

Stevanato Group pharmaceutical systems division marketing director Andrea Zambon said: “The recent agreement with Gerresheimer witnesses the strength of this technology, which can be further expanded to other glass primary packaging suppliers.”

The EZ-fill process technology allows the ready to use containers to be washed, sterilized and provided in trays or in nests and tubs.