Almac Pharma Services expands packaging operations in US

Almac Pharma Services business unit has expanded its established commercial packaging operations with a $10m investment in a new 100,000sq ft commercial facility in Audubon, PA, US. 

The company clients will now be able to leverage Almac’s commercial packaging experience and cost-effective commercial packaging solutions. Almac Commercial Operations VP David Downey said addressing the communicated needs of clients, the company has taken the strategic step of establishing a US based operation for commercial packaging services.

“For many years we have been bulk manufacturing and packaging US products from our UK facility. With the addition of the Audubon facility, we will now be able to offer these packaging services local to the US market place, providing cost saving and mitigating supply risks,” Downey said.

Refurbishment of the facility has commenced after the completion of the evaluation and feasibility design work, and systems handover is scheduled for fall 2012, said the company. Upon FDA approval, Almac will offer commercial 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.

Almac Pharma Services president and managing director Graeme McBurney said the company is delighted to be able to invest in new facilities and establish operations in the US.

“With the alignment of our packaging processes at both our UK and US sites, we offer the highest levels of customer service and continuity of supply, through a flexible and quality lead operation,” McBurney said.