n 18 NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2015 | PHARMACEUTICAL PROCESSING
Injectable drugs have been around for several hundred years, and very likely originated from the use of weap- ons—such as blowpipes and poison-tipped darts—that brought various substances into the human body by
piercing the skin. As early as the 17th century, various persons were given credit for having invented the syringe.
Today, however, injectable drugs have grown and ex-
panded in its use. Injection drugs are favored in many med-
ical settings for its increased (and rapid) effects—as it goes
straight into the blood—and its efficiency (since smaller
amounts of a drug are needed).
Despite these advantages, there are also disadvantages to
this method—the foremost of these being the increased risk
Dr. Mike Schäfers from West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., explains import-
ant considerations when sterilizing injectable components.
n By Meg Snyder, Editor