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Characterizing foreign particulate matter in pharmaceutical products

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Characterizing foreign
particulate matter in


Date recorded: August 25 2020


Detecting Foreign Particulate Matter (FPM) is a critical quality metric for many drug products. The FDA and USP have produced guidance detailing the acceptable levels of FPM in various drug formulations. 

Injectable drug products bypass natural biological barriers to deliver the active ingredient (API) to the body’s systemic circulation system. If FPM is present in the drug product it will also be delivered in this manner, which represents a significant safety risk. Testing for FPM in orally inhaled and nasal drug products (OINDPs) is discussed by the International Pharmaceutical Aerosol Consortium on Regulation and Science (IPAC-RS).

Identifying FPM can help determine its source and troubleshoot how it got there, as well as helping to assess the risk that its presence might pose. 

The challenge now becomes how to identify this particulate material and capture its size and shape. In this webinar, we describe the techniques of automated static image analysis and Morphologically-Directed Raman Spectroscopy (MDRS) to automatically count and identify FPM in injectable and inhalable drugs. You’ll also learn how troubleshooting has become quicker and easier with the latest enhancements to the Morphologi 4-ID, including improved identification of protein aggregates. 


Source:  Malvern Panalytical

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About Malvern Panalytical: Malvern Panalytical creates superior, customer-focused solutions and services which deliver tangible economic impact through chemical, physical and structural analysis of materials. Underpinned by extensive industry knowledge and technical and applications expertise, Malvern Panalytical instruments help users better understand a wide variety of materials, from proteins and polymers to metals and building materials. Its technologies are used by scientists and engineers in a wide range of industries and organizations to solve the challenges associated with maximizing productivity, developing better quality products and getting them to market faster. 

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