Pharmaceuticals

Environmental Filter | April 17th, 2020

 

The pharmaceutical industry is one of vital importance. Every day people rely on the pharmaceutical industry to get their medications. Careful care needs to be taken in the production of these drugs to prevent contamination, meet regulations, and ensure safety.

History of Medicine

When you hear the term “pharmaceuticals” the first thing you might think of is the word “pharmacy.” Pharmacy is a science that discovers, produces, and prepares medications. Remarkably, pharmacies have been around for quite a long time and have grown over the years into the powerhouses that they are today.

In the beginning, pharmacies used other methods of curing ailments such as using herbs and roots. Ancient Egyptian texts like the “Ebers Papyrus” describe various remedies. For example, basil was considered to be good for one’s heart; while honey was used as an antibiotic. However, the Egyptians also used spells and amulets that they believed warded off disease. The Greeks began to form medical schools to seek cures for ailments. A physician known as Hippocrates believed that the cause of disease was not from magic or the gods, but had a natural cause. Some early treatments of disease were gruesome in nature and did little to help the patient. During Medieval Times, bloodletting was a popular belief.

For well into the 18th century, early medicine and treatment wasn’t the best. This is because we had little understanding of how the human body worked or had any idea about bacteria, germs, or hygiene. Though some later inventions helped us begin the journey of medical knowledge including the microscope and the germ theory of disease developed in the 1870s.

An English surgeon known as Joseph Lister was one of the first to recognize how important it is to have a sterile and clean environment to operate in. And the use of antiseptic cleaning methods was essential in preventing the spread of disease. Over time as our knowledge of the human body expanded, discoveries of certain drugs to ease and manage ailments allowed for pharmacists to become an integral part of healthcare.

The origin of the pharmacy first began in the mid-1800s and we began to see an increased production of drugs. Research labs began being established to understand applications for various medicines.

Manufacturing Process

When medication is manufactured, it is important to keep in mind that the product cannot be contaminated. There are many ways medicines are produced including processes such as granulation, compression, drying, coating, mixing, milling, and packaging. During these processes, dust can be generated. This dust can not only harm the workers/operators but can also post a risk of combustion.

When tablets are manufactured, for example, they are made of various powders, cellulose, cornstarch, and other dry ingredients. These ingredients have the potential to combust if not contained or controlled.

The dust particulate can also impact machinery that is used in the process and create a non-clean environment to work and manufacture in. Active pharmaceutical ingredients within the medications have risks to the manufacturers that can cause a number of health issues ranging from skin irritation to respiratory problems. This can occur through breathing in the substance or touching it.

Through the use of dust collector filters, the air can be cleaned and maintained allowing for a safer and more breathable environment for the workers and prevent cross-contamination of the medicine. According to the FDA, dust control is highly important. Regulations on dust control include:

• Providing acceptable dust control equipment to diminish dust and prevent cross-contact

• Maintaining dust-control equipment to avoid contamination

At Environmental Filter, we manufacture dust collector filter cartridges for a variety of industries including the pharmaceutical industry.