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Almac to construct new $10-million pharma packaging facility

By Canadian Packaging Staff   

General Almac Group new facility Pharmaceutical Packaging

New 100,000-square-foot facility to be built in Audubon, Pennsylvania

The Pharma Services business unit of Irish-based pharmaceutical and biotechnology products and services provider Almac Group says it has commenced a US$10-million construction of a new, 100,000-square-foot facility in Audubon, Pa., to provide third-party pharmaceutical manufacturing and co-packing services, including primary and secondary packaging of tablets and capsules into bottles, blisters, wallets and hospital unit-dose formats, along with secondary labeling and packaging of biopharmaceutical presentations such as vials and ampoules.

Expected to start up in the fall of 2012 after obtaining the required FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) approvals, the new facility will also provide a range of package design and development services, along with refrigerates and controlled drug storage facilities.

“To address the communicated needs of our clients, we have taken the strategic step of establishing a U.S. based operation for commercial packaging services,” explains vice-president of commercial operations David Downey. “For many years we have been bulk-manufacturing and packaging U.S. products from our U.K. operations, but with the addition of the Audubon facility, we will now be able to offer these packaging services local to the U.S. market place—providing cost saving and mitigating supply risks.”

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