Seminar on latest trends in the pharma industry

Schott Kaisha completes 25 years in India

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Kairus Dadachanji, managing director (left) and Volker Rupertus, senior principal of Expert Global Quality Pharmaceutical Systems, Schott Kaisha

On completion of 25 years in the country, India’s leading pharma packaging company, Schott Kaisha celebrated by conducting seminars on the latest trends and developments in the industry. Through its two seminars in Mumbai and Hyderabad, Schott Kaisha offered deep insights to various stake-holders within the pharmaceutical industry. Around 280 professionals in the field of R&D and primary packing development, as well as production managers and quality experts participated in the seminars to enhance their knowledge about the latest trends and challenges in pharma packaging.

During the event experts shared their in-depth knowledge in highly specialized fields of glass delamination and extractables and leachables (E&L). “The drug authorities in India and abroad require that pharmaceutical companies manage risks more closely, as patient safety is of utmost importance,” explained Kairus Dadachanji, managing director of Schott Kaisha.

Specialized packaging is an integral part of the drug products market. As pharmaceutical formulations are getting more complex, and with the rise of biotech drugs and biosimilars, packaging solutions deserve special attention from the pharma industry. The phenomenon of delamination, which is the peeling of inorganic flakes from the inner surface of a pharmaceutical vial as a result of interaction with the drug, is becoming a top priority for the Indian pharmaceutical industry as recalls can cost several million dollars.

E&L, in turn, are substances which the drug could dissolve from the packaging materials that form the container system – glass, metals, rubber, lubricants, adhesives. To determine any possible drug/container interactions, manufacturers are obliged to perform detailed studies to avoid any risk for the patient. “Through the extensive experience of Schott Kaisha, we are able to support the pharmaceutical industry even more efficiently in assessment of risks,” said Dadachanji.

The success of the Schott Kaisha joint venture is based on over 125 years of experience and state-of-the-art technology in the product areas of tubing and packaging materials of the international technology group Schott, together with Kaisha’s market knowledge gathered over the last quarter of a century in India. Due to this, the joint venture has been able to profit from India’s promising growth perspectives – whilst supporting the same. To enhance international cooperation within the venture, Schott Kaisha regularly invites prominent guests from its German partner to share their experience and global expertise through a number of seminars and speaker sessions, so that the same can be leveraged for achieving excellence in India.

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