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Are there guidelines or standards for testing packages of empty glass vials (used for pharmaceutical manufacture)?

My firm wants to do a simulated distribution study on empty, glass vials, packaged 115 vials per tray, 4 trays in a corrugated cardboard box. We had previously "failed" the ASTM test in that many of the vials broke, although damage to the shipping boxes themselves was minimal. Were we using the correct guidance (standards) for this type of product? Are there different standards for glass products?

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Oct 19, 2012 - 05:55 AM

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Do the cases get shipped on pallets? I have experience with testing empty glass vials. If your ASTM test was on the case but the empty vials always ship palletized than I would recommend ISTA 3E or a ASTM pallet test (especially if you are currently shipping empty vials without the level of damage that you are seeing in the current ASTM test). Let me know if you want to chat.



Oct 19, 2012 - 07:51 AM

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