Keywords: Thermal desorption, Gas chromatography, Mass spectrometry, Extractables, Labels, PVC, Lyophile stoppers
Use of Thermal Desorption GC-MS to Characterize Packaging Materials for Potential Extractables
CINDY ZWEIBEN* and ARTHUR J. SHAW
Pfizer Global Research & Development, Groton/New London Laboratories, Pfizer, Inc., Groton, CT 06340
PDA J Pharm Sci and Tech 2009, 63 353-359
Available for download at journal.pda.org
This article presents case studies involving the use of thermal desorption gas chromatography-mass spectrometry to compositionally characterize pharmaceutical packaging materials for potential extractables. Knowledge of potential extractables and leachables early in the product development program allows the project team to make informed decisions, potentially minimizing redevelopment efforts and reducing cost. Case studies include selection of a label for use on a polyethylene bottle, selection of a drug contact surface of a blister packaging system, and selection of a stopper.
* Corresponding author: Cindy Zweiben, Pfizer, Inc., MS 4086 Eastern Point Road, Groton, CT 06340. Email: Cindy.Zweiben@Pfizer.com