Clariant launches new brand humidity-control packaging solutions

Clariant launches new brand for humidity-control packaging solutions

11:27 AM, 8th February 2018
Clariant launches new brand for humidity-control packaging solutions
Clariant launches new EQius brand for humidity-control packaging solutions.

MUTTENZ, SWITZERLAND: Clariant International Ltd said that it is introducing a new brand name to encompass all of the products and technology related to equilibrium relative humidity (ERH) stabilization.

The new brand – EQius – will be used as an umbrella brand for products currently marketed as EQ-Pak packets, EQ-Can canisters, EQ-Stopper closures, and EQ-Bag bags, along with the raw material that goes in them. The different forms make it possible to customize humidity control throughout the drug-product development cycle, from bulk ingredients to finished pharmaceuticals.

The EQius products are made using specially engineered sorbents that can act as humectants (desorbers) and desiccants (adsorbers) simultaneously, maintaining a particular equilibrium relative humidity inside product packaging. This line of standard equilibrium-stabilizer products can maintain ERH levels of 10 percent, 20 percent, or 30 percent to help protect finished drug products in bottles or tubes, or to help protect bulk ingredients (powders, capsules) in boxes or bags before, during, or after tableting or filling operations.

The existing Clariant humidity-equilibrium products themselves will not change. Once fully in place, the EQius brandname – which will be clearly printed on each unit – can be expected to make things simpler for customers. This new single and strong brand will likely offer increased protection against counterfeiting.

“When Clariant first introduced the ‘EQ’ concept, we offered only two forms – packets and canisters. Since then, we have doubled the size of our portfolio of humidity-control packaging solutions and now make them available all over the world,” added Elisa Le Floch, Pharm D, Clariant healthcare packaging, business development manager.

“While hydrolytic degradation of drugs can be addressed by removing substantially all humidity entering the packaging using a desiccant. Specific drug properties may require that a specific range of humidity be maintained throughout the shelf life of a drug product or ingredient,” added Le Floch.

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