Why Use O Sorb - Oxygen Absorber For Drug Packaging?

Why Use O Sorb - Oxygen Absorber For Drug Packaging?

In the pharmaceutical industry, if you are dealing with drugs and medicinal products and items, you know how important it is to safeguard and protect the potency and purity of the drugs which can greatly maintain or extend their shelf life. Oxygen when present inside pharmaceutical packaging, can spoil, degrade pharmaceutical formulations decrease their shelf life, or make it less effective for use.

O Sorb - oxygen absorber for drug packaging are small packages filled with iron-based compounds or made with activated carbon, that remove oxygen from the environment by effectively absorbing the excess oxygen from surrounding air. Oxygen-free packaging creates a controlled, low-oxygen environment where drugs work best, keeping them active, stable, and potent for longer.

Significance of oxygen absorbers to safeguard drugs and medicines

Efficient and safe packaging is an important part of the pharmaceutical industry, as it is highly regulated and needs to be compliant with various standards, protocols, and regulations such as the USFDA, etc. Packaging plays an important role in maintaining the effectiveness and shelf life of medicines and drugs. Since oxygen is present everywhere in the environment, and if excess of it enters pharmaceutical active packaging, it has the potential to degrade pharmaceutical formulations and reduce their shelf life.

The primary role and function of using oxygen absorbers for drug packaging is to create a low-oxygen environment within drug packaging and maintain optimum levels during packaging, storage, and transportation.  By removing oxygen molecules from the active packaging, O Sorb oxygen absorbers significantly reduce the oxidation time of the drug. This can extend the shelf life of the drug by several months or even years. This reduces drug wastage and saves both the drug industry and patients a lot of money.

In addition to extending the shelf life of drugs, O Sorb oxygen absorbers also help maintain their potency and effectiveness for longer durations of time. Since the oxidation process can change the chemical composition and effectiveness of the drugs that are packaged, making them ineffective or even unsafe for use, using oxygen absorbers can prevent oxidation, keeping the drug composition intact and preserving its medicinal and therapeutic effect, resulting in better patient outcomes and a lower risk of side effects. 

Excess oxygen levels or changes can affect drug quality and effectiveness, and it is not limited to the molecular level. Altering or excessive oxygen levels in drug packaging can also cause unwanted physical changes to the drugs, including discoloration, changes, and deterioration in their texture, and even their structure. Oxygen absorbers when used in medicine active packaging can help to preserve the original color, flavor, texture, and shape of medications to keep them visually and functionally viable for as long as possible and throughout their shelf life. 

Since O Sorb oxygen absorbers are inert in nature and are also non-toxic, they do not alter, affect, or change the quality of the drug they are being packaged with. This is especially useful for packaging potent, edible drugs that are more prone to damage or alterations when used along with any packaging material or additive. O sorb can be safely used to package tablets, capsules, injectables, vials, and blisters and help protect their efficiency for longer periods of time.

5 tips for using oxygen absorbers when packaging drugs

  1. There are different types of oxygen absorbers available, so choose the right type that is best suitable to package the particular drugs you want to package. The type of oxygen absorber you choose should be based on the oxygen content of your packaging, shelf life, and drug compatibility. Common types of oxygen absorbers are iron-based, but may not be effective for moisture-sensitive medications, so you can choose O sorb for drug packaging.
  2. Make sure you are using the right amount of O sorb for your drugs packaging, as excess usage can cause damage to the potency of the drugs, and make them ineffective. You need to calculate the amount of oxygen needed based on your packing volume and oxygen levels present in the surroundings, and you can also refer to the manufacturer's instructions to understand the requirements better.
  3. When you’re packaging drugs, you want to make sure you’re maintaining a controlled environment. Oxygen absorbers work best when you’re keeping them in a controlled environment that is low in humidity and high in temperature inside the packaging. Too much moisture can affect the oxygen absorber’s performance in active packaging, and too much heat or cold can affect the oxygen absorption rate, so, it is important to maintain the right level of humidity inside the drug packaging to make sure your oxygen absorbers are working properly.
  4. Oxygen absorbers should be placed strategically within the drug packaging. Spread the absorbers out evenly to ensure uniform oxygen removal. Place the absorbers near the pharmaceutical products, they will not cause any harm to the drugs that are packaged as they are non-toxic, and are safe to use. The efficient and proper placement of O sorb will ensure consistent and complete oxygen absorption across the entire packaging and safeguard the drugs from spoilage or damage over long periods.

You need to regularly check, assess, and test the performance and results of using oxygen absorbers, to make sure they are functioning efficiently in absorbing excess oxygen from the packaging surroundings. Conducting these periodic checks can help identify any alterations, damage, and deterioration from the expected results and safeguard potent drugs in the active packaging. You need to frequently monitor the present oxygen levels, drug stability, and potential interactions in the packaging during storage and transit.

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