Ireland-based Almac Group and one of its US clients has purchased a stick sachet packaging line from Merz Verpackungsmaschinen for an undisclosed sum.

Developed using Merz Stickpack technology, the newly acquired SBL-50 stickpack system is a fully automated forming, filling and sealing machine.

Capable of filling 80 stickpacks in a minute, the system will be used for the packaging of paediatric dosage forms.

"The addition of this stickpack solution strengthens Almac’s position in providing flexible services to meet various market needs."

Almac commercial operations vice-president David Downey said: “Almac continue to expand our commercial packaging capabilities and the addition of this stickpack solution strengthens Almac’s position in providing flexible services to meet various market needs from small volume orphan drug products to large scale marketed products in both adult and paediatric forms.”

Merz Verpackungsmaschinen general manager Holger Merz added: “Advanced primary packaging forms like stickpacks offer highest flexibility for diversification of pharmaceutical products.”

With the deal, the company aims to expand its UK-based commercial packaging facility to serve paediatric drug products, specifically powders, minitabs or granules, into stickpack sachets.  

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In addition, the US-based client involved in the deal will provide an integrated commercial manufacturing and packaging solution for its new paediatric formulation drug product, which will be marketed across Europe.

Serving the global pharmaceutical and biotech sectors, Almac has operations in the UK, Ireland, the US, Singapore and Tokyo.