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These lyophilizers can only have their inside surfaces wiped with a chemical agent that may be a sterilant but usually has been found to be a sanitizing agent.


Ease of processing a liquid, which simplifies aseptic handling Enhanced stability of a dry powder Removal of water without excessive heating of the product Enhanced product stability in a dry state Rapid and easy dissolution of reconstituted product Disadvantages of lyophilization include: Each manufacturing facility is an ISO As with many decisions made by manufacturers, there is a level of risk associated with the operation, process or system, which only the manufacturer can decide.

The product temperature is monitored using thermocouples and then the shelf temperature set point is slowly increased until the product reaches its target temperature. The refrigeration system can also be employed to cool shelves in the product chamber for the freezing of the product. This can be accomplished manually using product thermocouples or, if drying in vials, an automated SMART system can be used.

Additional primary drying endpoint determination tools are available on larger freeze dryers equipped with advanced process control systems. SP Scientific associates and distributors look forward to helping you reach your goals.


Based on the current technology available, it would seem that for a sterile product, it would be difficult to justify this procedure. As with other sterile products, sterility test results which show contamination on the initial test should be identified and reviewed.

The question of the number of units needed for media fills when the capacity of the process is less than units is frequently asked, particularly for clinical products. The tray is loaded with vials, placed on a shelf in the freeze dryer and then the bottom part of the tray is slid out.

Media fills should include the filling of media in both chambers. SP Scientific service professionals are highly insepctions and are qualified to support every instrument, software and application product that SP Scientific has brought to the market.

FDA Guide to Inspections of Lyophilisation of Parenterals, July 1993

If steam could leak from a unit during sterilization, air could possibly enter the chamber during lyophilization. This allows the vials to rest directly on the shelf and increases the heat transfer to the product. As mentioned earlier, each frozen product has a unique critical temperature.

Obviously, a low fill would represent a subpotency in the vial. One would be used to control and record temperatures of the cycle as with sterilizers, and the other would be in the cold spot of the chamber. The refrigeration system must be able to maintain the temperature of the condenser substantially below the temperature of the product. Frozen products can be categorized as either crystalline or amorphous glass in structure. Also, the diluent in these vials should contain a preservative.


After steam sterilization, there is often some condensate remaining on the floor of the chamber. OVERVIEW Freeze drying is the removal of ice or other frozen solvents from a material through the process of sublimation and the removal of bound water molecules through the process of desorption. They are also used for drains and isolation applications.

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The type and shape of product being dried and its gide also need to be considered. Lyophilized products are extremely hydroscopic and they must be sealed in air tight containers following freeze drying to prevent rehydration from atmospheric exposure. One of the most important factors to consider is the difference between the clean room environment typical of a production freeze dryer and the lab environment that most pilot units are operated in.

However, when other excipients or other additives are present, weight variation may be applied, provided there is correlation with the sample weight inspectioms potency results. In an inspection of a inspectiona drug product, a Pseudomonas problem probably attributed to condensate after sterilization was noted.

Depending on the application, moisture content in fully dried products is typically between 0. Thus, the dosage units lie directly on the lyophilizer shelf.

The longer a person works in an aseptic operation, the more microorganisms will be shed and the greater the probability of contamination. Q4B evaluation and recommendation of pharmacopoeial texts Because they are antibiotics, low bioburden of these formulations would be expected at the time of batching.

Freeze drying can be a multi-day process. Such data should inspectikns be considered in the establishment of a moisture specification. For the single door unit, leakage prior to stoppering around the door seal is not a major problem from a sterility concern, because single door units only open into sterile areas. With little control over heat flow into the product, it is more difficult to control the process.


However, certain complex biological products may actually become too dry for optimum storage results and the secondary drying process should be controlled accordingly. In some cases, manufacturers have performed bioburden testing on bulk solutions after prefiltration and prior to final filtration.

In some of the larger units, the shelves are collapsed after sterilization to facilitate loading. In order to minimize the potential for contamination, it is recommended that the lyophilizers be unloaded in a clean room area to minimize contamination. In order to provide guidance and information to investigators, some industry procedures and deficiencies associated with lyophilized products are identified in this Inspection Guide.

For example, slow freezing leads to the formation of larger ice crystals.

Since the company believed the condensate remained in the chamber after sterilization, they repiped the chamber drain and added a line to a water ,yophilization vacuum pump.

Obviously, the manufacturer should know the eutectic point and have the necessary instrumentation to assure the uniformity of product temperatures. However, newer units provide for microcomputer control of the freeze drying process.

This resulted in rejection of the batch. You can publish your book online for free in a few minutes! The vacuum system consists of a separate vacuum pump connected to an airtight condenser and attached product chamber.