28 Aug 2018

Ampoules – the clear advantage

Neus Ferré, Global Product Manager Ampoules, has been working at SCHOTT since 2008 and joined SCHOTT Pharmaceutical Systems in 2016.

“You won’t be working with ampoules for long, they are on their way out.“ That was one of the first things Neus Ferré heard about ampoules. Yet it has turned out to be the very opposite: Nowadays the market for ampoules is still growing and even booming in emerging countries. And now, with the SCHOTT Ampoule easyOPC, another breakthrough, enters the market for primary packaging. Neus gives us a quick insight into the world of ampoules.

Ampoules go back a long way and are considered classics. But that does not mean that they are old-fashioned. They play an important role in the wide-spread supply of basic medicine, such as pain killers, inflammation inhibitors and anesthetics. On well-established markets they are both an affordable as well as reliable means of packaging that continues to conform to changing demands thanks to constant development.

In emerging markets, such as Eastern Europe, South America, Asia and even in Africa in future, there is a large demand for supplying basic drugs, which can be met using ampoules. China, for example, one of the markets with the highest growth, uses the very latest machines, but these are incompatible with conventional ampoules. Our SCHOTT Ampoules, which are ideally suited to these machines due to their quality specifications, ensure optimum results.

To offer pharmaceutical manufacturers in all these countries the best possible solution for each specific requirement, we not only stay ahead of changes, but also try to find the right answers to all the critical issues when it comes to machinability. The precise forming of our ampoules during the manufacturing process, extremely low tolerance values are decisive factors here.

Today’s production lines fill the ampoules at breakneck speed. Making it all the more important that quality is ensured from the start. Before going to Fill & Finish, for example, the ampoules are examined for any inaccuracies down to the last millimeter using automated camera systems. With the result that the medical healthcare giver has a product of the highest quality in their hands and fewer ampoules need to be discarded. After all, when it comes to patients’ well-being, perfection is just about good enough.


Thank you, Neus, for this fascinating insight. We will keep you informed of further developments in the world of ampoules.

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