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West Introduces LyoSeal Cap and NovaGuard SA Pro


West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. introduced the LyoSeal cap, an all-plastic, instant sealing solution for lyophilized drug products designed to minimize risk associated with lyophilization processes, while maintaining the necessary sealing requirements. The company also introduced the NovaGuard SA Pro safety system to help protect healthcare professionals and patients who self-inject medications, from accidental needlesticks.

"We appreciate and understand that in today's healthcare environment, our customers are continually looking for new packaging solutions that offer manufacturing efficiencies, as well as products that provide an improved experience for healthcare providers," said Karen Flynn, senior vice president and chief commercial officer, West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. "As part of our ongoing commitment to our customers and their patients, we're pleased to introduce LyoSeal and NovaGuard SA Pro—two products that directly respond to market needs."

The LyoSeal cap, constructed of medical-grade polypropylene, is designed to help pharmaceutical companies safely and efficiently preserve and protect lyophilized drug products. According to the company, the LyoSeal cap enables complete container closure within the chamber and mitigates several common challenges associated with the lyophilization process by: safeguarding vacuum and headspace content through immediate vial closure in the chamber; buffering between the stopper and chamber shelves to prevent stoppers sticking to the shelf; and reducing the risk of glass breakage within the lyo chamber due to the spring force design.

West's NovaGuard SA Pro safety system, designed to prevent accidental needlestick injury, can be deployed using a single-handed technique and was designed to prevent pre-activation during handling. The system is compatible with ISO 1mL long glass-staked needle syringes and is transparent for drug inspection and delivery. According to the company, the device design allows for easy assembly of a glass pre-filled syringe with minimal change parts and changeover time to existing assembly equipment.
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