The continuous manufacturing of medicinal products is now an indispensable, innovative process in the pharmaceutical industry.
Many publications in this field describe a slow development from batch-based production to continuous production, but the reality is very different.
Alongside conferences taking place across the whole world on an almost monthly basis dealing with this subject area closely, as well as research consortia dedicated to this topic, there are now five products which are manufactured continuously and which are approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and EMA (European Medicines Agency).
Isolation of aseptic processes is not a new technology. Rigid stainless-steel isolators have been available...