Introduced in 1991 and led by the International Diabetes Federation, the World Diabetes Day (WDD) is the largest diabetes awareness campaign with events and activities organized in more than 100 countries. Bosch Packaging Technology helps to improve the quality of life of people with diabetes by producing highly efficient equipment for the safe and precise filling of injection cartridges.
From a global perspective, diabetes is one of the biggest challenges for healthcare systems. In total, 387 million people are currently suffering from diabetes. It is estimated that this number will rise to nearly 600 million by 2035. Dramatically increasing prevalence rates of diabetes type 2 in emerging countries and still frightening rates in developed countries meet growing numbers of diabetes type 1 patients – particularly in the industrialized world.
Although these two types of diabetes are very different, insulin medication is an important part of treatment of both diseases; insulin therapy is necessary from the start for patients with type 1 diabetes and is very often required for type 2 diabetes at a later stage. Insulin patients take their insulin doses on a daily basis. They expect the highest quality of their medication regarding insulin, sterility, cleanliness and ease of use. Bosch Packaging Technology supports this quality with highly efficient high-speed filling machines for cartridges, keeping manufacturing costs of insulin low.
The insulin market has seen some major innovations in the last decade such as long-acting insulin, allowing people to reduce their injection rate to only one per day, which is a huge step forward in patient convenience. Some of these innovations are processed on Bosch equipment at up to 600 cartridges per minute. New pharmaceutical developments, such as GLP1 (glucagon-like peptide 1) agonists and biosimilar copies of insulins will be manufactured in high volumes, using the same machine platform.
For the filling of suspensions and mixtures, a pre-defined number of glass or stainless steel beads have to be inserted precisely. The main challenge is to fill the containers to 100 percent while avoiding both air bubbles inside the cartridge as well as outside contamination with insulin. To ensure container integrity over the life cycle, the cartridges need to be reliably stoppered.
Advances in treatment have significantly improved diabetes patients’ quality of life. By offering safe filling and packaging processes for modern drug delivery devices, Bosch is able to support the optimal protection of patients and to increase their quality of life.
Dr. Johannes Rauschnabel
Chief Pharma Expert
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