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Helping the Pharmaceutical Industry Tackle the Evolving Challenge of Water Quality

October 18, 2019 / DR ANDREA F. GULLÀ

Water plays a vital role in a broad range of processes within the pharmaceutical industry, from its use as a reagent and solvent in drug synthesis, to its utilization in formulation development and analytical testing, all the way through to product packaging and labeling. Each application has its own specific water quality requirements; the water used for hemodialysis, for example, should undergo significantly more intensive purification than that used for rinsing glassware. Equally, to minimize unnecessary costs, it is often economically preferable to ensure water is not purified beyond the level that is required. As a result, pharmaceutical companies must employ a range of treatment and monitoring processes to ensure the impurities present in water do not interfere with its intended use.