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When this pressure rise approaches zero, no more water vapor is being generated via sublimation. In addition to defrosting the condenser and cleaning the system after each cycle, routine freeze dryer maintenance typically includes periodic changing of vacuum pump oil and visually checking all seals and gaskets. Merely testing samples after the lyophilization cycle is concluded may be insufficient to justify the release of the remaining units.

Some biological products can not tolerate large ice crystals and they must be freeze dried with smaller ice crystal sizes. Food and Drug Administration. Again, the purpose of the media fill is to assure that product can be aseptically processed without contamination under operating conditions.

This freezing method maximizes the product surface area and minimizes its thickness.

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The typical single door lyophilizer opens in the clean area only, and contamination between loads would be minimal. As with other inslections products, sterility test results which show contamination on the initial test should be identified and reviewed. Primary drying is a top-down process with a well-defined sublimation front moving through the product as it dries.

Also, the expiration date and stability should be based on those batches with the higher moisture content. One stage has included filling of vials and stoppering on line; another stage included filling vials, transportation to the lyophilizer and then stoppering; a third stage included the filling of vials, loading in the lyophilizer, and exposure to a portion of the nitrogen flush and then stoppering.


To learn more about how to request items watch this short online video. The review of Preventive Maintenance Logs, as well as Quality Assurance Alert Notices, Discrepancy Reports, and Investigation Reports will help to identify problem batches when there are equipment malfunctions or power failures.

Any one, or a combination of all, can contribute to the leakage of gases and vapors into the system. Depending on the application, moisture content in fully dried products is typically between 0. Its function is to be able to attain low temperatures by being able to operate at low pressures. However, some filling lines have been noted which utilize an operator to place each stopper on top of the vial by hand.

Shell bath freezing involves rotating a flask containing the sample in a freezing bath so the sample freezes on the walls of the flask. Again, the concern is the immediate avenue of contamination offered by the operator.

Create your own flipbook. An isolation valve can be added to the vapor port that connects the product chamber to the condenser.


In addition to providing an extended lyophilizatioon, successful freeze-drying should yield a product that has a short reconstitution time with acceptable potency levels.

Read the Text Version. For example, in the determination of potency, it is sometimes common to reconstitute and assay the entire contents of a vial without knowing the weight of the sample.

Leakage can also be identified by sampling surfaces in the chamber after lyophilization for contaminants. The product temperature is monitored using thermocouples and then the shelf temperature set point is slowly increased until the product reaches its target temperature.

FDA Guide to Inspections of Lyophilisation of Parenterals, July 1993

Sublimation is when a solid ice changes directly to a vapor without first going through a liquid water phase. In some of the larger units, the shelves are collapsed after sterilization to facilitate loading.

It is necessary to keep the product temperature safely below this critical temperature during primary drying to avoid collapse. A Guide to the Inspection of Software Development Activities is a reference that provides a more detailed review of software requirements.


It was also observed that some of the partially filled vials were loaded into the lyophilizer. One could conclude that if contamination is found on a chamber surface after lyophilization, then dosage units in the chamber could also be contaminated.

When working with products with low collapse temperatures, it may be necessary to wrap or insulate the flask to slow down the rate of heat transfer and avoid collapse. Special containment systems such as glove boxes are required for freeze drying certain products, especially when toxic materials are present. These include dose uniformity testing, moisture and stability testing, and sterility testing. It is conceivable and probable that each will have its own cycle parameters.

To defrost the condenser plates after the lyophilization cycle is complete. Once the rod enters the chamber, there is the potential for contamination of the chamber.


Another problem associated with ethylene oxide is the residue. Harbour Group is a privately owned, operations focused company based in St. Such data should also be considered in the establishment of a moisture specification. In some cases, manufacturers are unaware of the paretnerals point.

As in any vacuum chamber, leakage can occur from the atmosphere into the vessel itself. During primary drying, the system pressure and the shelf temperature are set and controlled in combination to yield the appropriate product temperature. Options include standard parentetals freezers, shell baths, and direct immersion in liquid nitrogen. Because of the lengthy cycle runs and strain on machinery, it is not unusual to see equipment malfunction or fail during a lyophilization cycle.