Injectors typically comprise of a glass syringe, an injection mechanism for the delivery of a drug and, potentially a needle safety mechanism for the safe disposal of the device. Design Engineer, Will, discusses the advantages and disadvantages of both.
Most Primary Drug Containers (PDC) are made from borosilicate glass, a material that’s been used for over 100 years. However, some PDC’s are made from polymers as changing the material and manufacturing process can have multiple additional benefits over glass PDC’s.
The development of sustainable medical devices is clearly a complicated process, and sometimes it requires the application of specific sustainable strategies in order to just become more sustainable, rather than totally environmentally friendly. Recalls of devices are not only extremely costly but can take considerable resource and may damage company reputation and are also extremely polluting in the energy required to actually recall the devices from the market.
The transportation of product to user is typically the most polluting factor in most LCA’s. Ensuring that a device is only transported once, and is as minimal and lightweight as possible can also significantly reduce the environmental impact of a device. Risk assessment of medical device development upholds efficacy and safety. If polymer PDCs can be designed for your system, it may actually be more effective, safer and more sustainable (in certain aspects) than typical glass PDC’s.
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