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Impact of autoclavation on baked-on siliconized containers for biologics.

Bechtold-Peters, Karoline, Moll, Fabian and Friess, Wolfgang (2023) Impact of autoclavation on baked-on siliconized containers for biologics. European journal of pharmaceutics and biopharmaceutics : official journal of Arbeitsgemeinschaft fur Pharmazeutische Verfahrenstechnik e.V, 187. pp. 184-195. ISSN 1873-3441


Many pharmaceutical manufacturing units utilize pre-sterilized ready-to fill primary containers for parenterals. The containers may have been sterilized by the supplier via autoclavation. This process can change the physicochemical properties of the material and the subsequent product stability. We studied the impact of autoclavation on baked on siliconized glass containers for biopharmaceuticals. We characterized the container layers of different thickness before and after autoclavation for 15 min at 121 °C and 130 °C. Furthermore, we analyzed the adsorption of a mAb to the silicone layer and subjected filled containers to 12 weeks storage at 40 °C monitoring functionality and subvisible particle formation of the product. Autoclavation turned the initially homogenous silicone coating into an incoherent surface with uneven microstructure, changed surface roughness and energy, and increased protein adsorption. The effect was more pronounced at higher sterilization temperatures. We did not observe an effect of autoclavation on stability. Our results did not indicate any concerns for autoclavation at 121 °C for safety and stability of drug/device combination products using baked-on siliconized glass containers.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Biological Products Silicones Glass Syringes Hot Temperature Drug Packaging
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2024 00:46
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2024 00:46