Sharp Packaging Services works across the world to create unique commercial and clinical packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry.
We are made up of two dynamic international divisions, Sharp Packaging Solutions and Sharp Clinical Services. Together our 1,600-strong team works from state-of-the-art facilities in the United States, United Kingdom, Belgium and the Netherlands.
We’ve built an exceptional global reputation for the design, serialisation and production of innovative, cost-effective compliance packaging for even the most complex products.
Our extensive range includes blister packs, bottles, pouches and stick packs, but our expertise goes far beyond, enabling us to support your product through every stage of design, development, manufacture and delivery.
Our clinical services division is one of the world’s leading providers of innovative clinical supply chain services, with a talented and highly experienced team that can handle every aspect of your supply chain. Our work spans everything from drug development and manufacturing to clinical supplies packaging, labelling, distribution, Qualified Person auditing and comparator sourcing.
Our analytical and research services evaluate the performance of formulations using a whole range of advanced investigative testing procedures. They’re a hugely important part of our work, forming a valuable foundation for future developments and innovations.
The analytical methods we develop here are used throughout the various phases of our clients’ drug development and manufacturing. Each of the services we provide is protocol driven and can be tailored by our team to fulfill the specific needs of your products.
Our scientists all have Good Manufacturing Practice qualifications and oversee comprehensive testing of materials to make sure your products comply with the latest regulatory standards.
Seven analytical laboratories:
Analytical laboratory testing:
Stability studies evaluate the performance of drug ingredients or products over time. They play a vital part in making sure your completed product is effective, high quality and has an appropriate shelf life – and they’re mandated by regulatory bodies all over the world.
Here at Sharp, the objective of our stability studies is to determine the shelf life of your clinical products. We examine how long they can be kept in specified conditions and still be able to perform to established specifications.
Our stability studies are made up of a series of tests which establish whether the drug or ingredient changes over time under the influence of various environmental conditions, including temperature and humidity. This is critical in determining whether your products are market ready, whether they’re packaged appropriately and what dosage and storage instructions you give to patients.
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As the complexity of clinical studies increases, pharmaceutical companies need to include patients from a wider range of countries in their clinical trials. This can put a logistical and financial strain on any study, but with Sharp’s clinical labelling expertise you can efficiently, cost-effectively package your clinical trial products to suit patients from any region.
At our state-of-the-art facilities, we design and print multi-language clinical labels for clients all over the world. We also utilise Interactive Response Technologies (IRT) to enable you to quickly create patient kits for any patient, in any country, without having to commit your clinical trial stock to a specific market based on uncertain forecasts. It’s a smart, streamlined way of managing your inventory and budget, while communicating effectively with your trial participants, wherever they are in the world.
Our in-house print capabilities include:
Getting the very best clinical and commercial value from your product means making sure it’s manufactured in a viable, efficient way and its benefits are delivered quickly and effectively.
At Sharp, we’re here to help you overcome development challenges, keep costs down and accelerate your time to market. We’ll work with you to develop a reliable formulation that gives optimal clinical outcomes and can be easily reproduced on a large scale, with excellent stability.
Our experienced team of formulation scientists works with state-of-the-art equipment and laboratory facilities, creating innovative formulations that work incredibly effectively with your active pharmaceutical ingredient (API).
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At Sharp we are proud to be a market-leading provider of contract packaging, specialist clinical supply chain services and value-added services for the pharmaceutical and allied industries. We offer our innovative, international services through two dynamic divisions.
Sharp Packaging Solutions has been leading the field in contract packaging services for over 60 years and can provide a complete outsourced packaging service on a local, national or global scale from state-of-the-art sites across the US, Belgium and the Netherlands. Our sites can also offer bespoke or dedicated packaging capabilities and we can handle high potent API’s such as cytotoxics or hormones.
Meanwhile, Sharp Clinical Services provides a whole range of specialist clinical supply chain services right across the globe, from drug product development and manufacturing through to complex clinical supplies packaging, clinical labelling and clinical distribution services.
We are constantly developing the support we offer to our clients around the world, using our in-depth understanding of their needs to develop powerful value-added services. These include packaging design, XPRES services, specialty distribution and engineering services.
Stringent regulation, counterfeiting and diversion have put pharmaceutical companies under increasing pressure to implement trusted track-and-trace techniques across their products.
Here at Sharp, we are experts in serialisation, which is the application of a specific, individual serial number to a unit of sale. It means that each product has a unique combination of lot number, serial number and expiration date, which makes it easily traceable and dramatically improves safety.
Our vast experience in serialisation and powerful technology partners mean that we can aggregate serial numbers for up to five levels of packaging in multiple formats, from the cavities of our blister packaging right through to their shippers and pallets.
For you, it means the peace of mind of knowing your product is using industry-leading traceability technology, providing extra protection for your prescribers, your end users and your reputation.
We know the importance of creating packaging that’s not only highly functional, but also aesthetically appealing. Using the latest software and technology, our skilled design department offers a comprehensive range of services to ensure your product’s packaging is consumer friendly and differentiates itself in the market:
Design Department Services
Graphic Design Services
Structural design is one element of your packaging, just as important is how it looks. Our talented graphics team provides contemporary, on-brand designs that optimise the marketing of your products. Services include:
Graphic Design Packaging Services
Pre-filled syringes offer both practitioners and the public a convenient, accurate way of administering medicines, without worrying about dosing – giving your product a real selling point over competitors.
At Sharp, we are highly experienced in working with biotechnology businesses, assembling, labelling, packaging and kitting of pre-filled syringes for some of the top 25 pharmaceutical packaging companies in the world.
Once you have a defined parental container and user profile, we can work with you to design pre-filled syringe packaging specifically to meet your programme’s objectives. By tailoring our innovations to your needs, we can deliver your product safely, cost-effectively, and in optimum condition.
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Sharp can offer a wide range of solutions for your secondary packaging and kitting requirements. We offer labelling, boxing and tray packaging solutions for most pharmaceutical dosage forms including solids, semi-solids, liquids, inhalables, injectables and transdermal systems as well. We also offer capacities for re-labelling and re-packaging activities.
At Sharp, we are proud to be an industry leader in state-of-the-art, attractive, economical and consumer-friendly pouches, sachets and stick packs.
As the longest established contract packager in North America, we have designed and developed some of the most innovative pouch packaging in the industry – part of our comprehensive array of pouch, sachet and stick pack designs. It has also enabled us to establish the largest assembly of form, fill and seal equipment in the industry, giving us extensive cutting-edge production capabilities.
We have the capacity to produce more than two billion pouches annually, expertly packaging our clients’ solid-dose, semi-solid, liquid, powder, cream and ointment products. We use a wide range of advanced packaging materials, including coated papers, high barrier foils and polymer laminates, carefully recommending the very best option for each product.
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Sharp has been a leader in blister packaging for pharmaceutical products for more than 50 years. We are renowned for our extensive experience, expertise and capabilities, as well as for having the largest assembly of cutting-edge form, fill and seal equipment in the industry.
Our blister packaging formats range from standard PVC and foil combinations to high barrier laminates, as well as aluminium and aluminium blister packaging. Turnkey services include package design, foil printing, in-house tooling design and fabrication, high-speed blister packaging, serialisation, custom designs and converting.
Our expert team has the capacity to handle any volume – from short runs to high-volume, commercial-scale production – all with total flexibility and outstanding client service.
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Compound Sourcing and Management Services
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