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Freeze drying can be a multi-day process. The typical single door lyophilizer opens in the clean area only, and contamination between loads would be minimal. Since the company believed the condensate remained in the chamber after sterilization, they repiped the chamber drain and added a line to a water seal vacuum pump. MATRIX A matrix, in terms of the lyophilization process, is a system of ice crystals and solids that is distributed throughout the product.

This includes sterile lyophilized powders. The refrigeration system ov also be employed to cool shelves in the product chamber for the freezing of the product. Advanced search Search history.

If steam could leak from a unit during sterilization, air could possibly enter the chamber during lyophilization. For the innspections door unit, leakage prior to parentefals around the door seal is not a major problem from a sterility concern, because single door units only open into sterile areas.

A very basic requirement for a computer controlled process is a flow chart or logic. The non-sterile environment presents a direct avenue of contamination parenterxls the chamber when fuide, and door controls similar to double door sterilizers should be in place.

As with other dosage forms, the expiration date and moisture limit should be established based on worst case data. Because shelf contact is often inconsistent, convective heat transfer can help promote uniform product drying.

Another tool is available with freeze dryer designs that have external condensers. Q4B evaluation and recommendation of pharmacopoeial texts Guidance for industry [electronic resource]: Because product will dry from the top down, the tip of the thermocouple should always be placed at the very bottom and center of the container.


There are many new parenteral products, including anti-infectives, biotechnology derived products, and in-vitro diagnostics which are manufactured as lyophilized products. The cycle inspectionss can often be substantially reduced by investigating several factors:. The purpose of a media fill is not to determine the lethality of freezing and its effect on any microbial contaminants that might be present. Secondary drying is continued until the product has acceptable moisture content for long term storage.

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For a double door system unloading the lyophilizer in a non-sterile environment, other problems may occur. Also, the rate and manner of freezing has been shown to have an gkide on the physical form polymorph of the drug substance.

For example, in an inspection of a new manufacturing facility, it was lyophilizatoon that the unloading area for double door units was a clean room, with the condenser located below the chamber on a lower level. A two-stage pump is effectively two such pumps in series and can obtain an ultimate vacuum. Generally, lyophilizers should be sterilized after each cycle because of the potential for contamination7 von 17 Electromechanical control of a lyophilization cycle has utilized cam-type recorder-controllers.

Once filled and partially stoppered, vials are transported and loaded into the lyophilizer. 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.

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Lyophiilization, operator involvement in a computer controlled lyophlization cycle primarily occurs at the beginning. Because the condenser is maintained at a lower energy level relative to the product ice, the vapors condense and turn back into solid form ice in the condenser.

Freeze drying is the removal of ice or other frozen solvents from a material through the process of sublimation and the removal of bound water molecules through the process of desorption.

When sublimation of ice crystals is complete, the product temperature will increase and approach the shelf temperature. When this valve is closed the chamber is isolated from the external condenser. However, newer units provide for microcomputer control of the freeze drying process. From 25 December to 1 Januarythe Library’s Reading Rooms will be closed and no collection requests will be filled.


Catalogue Persistent Identifier https: The most basic method is to monitor the product temperature with a thermocouple probe. However, the effects of radiation and convection also need to be considered for product uniformity and process control purposes.

Sublimation is when a solid ice changes directly to a vapor without first going through a liquid water phase.


The process consists of three separate, unique, and interdependent processes; freezing, primary drying sublimationand secondary drying desorption. Production freeze dryers are usually configured for operation in a clean room environment and can have the ability for clean-in-place CIP and od sterilization SIP.

For example, in the inspection of a lyophilization filling operation, it was noted that the firm was having a filling problem. With manifold freeze drying, the process is driven by the system pressure set point and the ambient temperature in the room.

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The trays were sterilized in an inverted position on shelves in the chamber. The purpose of the condenser is to attract the vapors being sublimed ispections of the product.

Most of the newer units provide for the capability of sterilization of the condenser along with the chamber, even if the condenser is external to the chamber. Sterilization procedures should parallel that of an autoclave, and a typical system should include two independent temperature sensing systems. On occasion, it has been seen that production operators monitoring fill volumes record these fill volumes only after adjustments are made.

The stopper is placed on top of the vial and is ultimately seated in the lyophilizer. In the transport of vials to the lyophilizer, since they are not sealed, there is concern for the potential for contamination.