Pharmaceutical manufacturing is an important part of OFD’s business. Freeze drying (also known as lyophilization) pharmaceuticals prolongs the shelf life of products such as vaccines and drugs that are frequently used in hospitals, laboratories, and at home over the counter. This groundbreaking process enhances the quality and longevity of important pharmaceutical products.
Lyophilization in the Pharmaceutical Industry
Freeze drying has played a key role in pharmaceutical manufacturing for many decades. In fact, one of the first instances of modern freeze drying can be linked back to World War II, when medical supplies were freeze dried in order to survive the long journey from the U.S. to Europe.
Today, lyophilization is still used to preserve an assortment of pharmaceutical products. From pills and tablets to live culture vaccines, this scientific process is key to the manufacture of important life-changing products.
Benefits of Freeze Drying Pharmaceuticals
Lyophilization in the pharmaceutical industry offers a variety of advantages.
- Prolongs shelf life – Prevents spoilage of sensitive materials such as medicine, vaccines, and cultures.
- Easier to transport – Freeze drying removes the liquid content from a pharmaceutical, which in turn makes it lighter and easier to transport.
- Enhanced preservation – Many chemicals used in pharmaceuticals are sensitive to high pressure or high temperature drying methods. Thanks to lyophilization, these chemicals are preserved and undamaged.
Our Pharmaceutical Process
Pharmaceutical products are manufactured in a plant separate from our freeze dried food products. Since we first began exploring pharmaceutical manufacturing in the 1980s, we’ve partnered with major pharmaceutical and biotech companies to develop various products such as wound dressings, dissolving tablets, and cultures.
If you’re interested in learning more about our pharmaceutical options, contact us and we’d be happy to discuss our fascinating procedures with you.