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How Sentry BioPharma Services supports clinical studies with just-in-time custom labeling/kitting/packaging and more.
Released by Sentry BioPharma Services Contract Pharma Staff 06.17.21As crucial to innovation as they are, clinical studies come with a unique set of logistical challenges...
Sentry BioPharma Services specializes in pharmaceutical and medical device packaging projects of varying scale, complexity and sensitivity to time and temperature. Sentry’s full service light manufacturing through Food & Drug Administration (FDA) compliant pharmaceutical labeling and custom kitting functions provide clients the ability to store bulk products yet deliver kitted solutions to clinical sites and commercial customers across the global. This one-stop shop structure married with Sentry’s Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) offers optimal flexibility and cost effective solutions to even the most intricate of drug development projects.
Sentry Labeling and Packaging
Features of Sentry’s Pharmaceutical Labeling and Packaging Solutions
GMP operation compliant with FDA regulations
o FDA labeler code (3007066137)
o Segregated labeling and packaging area
o Total label operation accountability (line clearance)
Diverse Clinical Trial Labeling & Packaging Support
o Open and blinded
o Peel-off / Perforated
Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Packaging
o Package inserts
o Single / Multi-dose cartons
o Tamper evident seals
o Configurable stock management
o Expiration management of individual kit components
o Extend expiration
o Pharmaceutical kitting
o Reduce at-risk inventory
o Batch or lot specific
o Batch size
Benefits of Sentry’s Pharmaceutical Labeling and Packaging Solutions
Streamlined Production throughout Drug Development Phases – Avoid cumbersome logistics among vendors with Sentry’s full scope services from GMP pharmaceutical storage, biopharmaceutical labeling and packaging and extensive distribution.
Accurate Inventory Control from Bulk to Finish – Sentry’s compliant, validated inventory management system and batch record process allow for accurate tracking of inventory levels during clinical trials and commercial launch.
Cost Effective Manufacture – Reduce pharmaceutical drug development costs with Sentry’s flexible storage, labeling and packaging offerings before, during and after FDA approval.
For more information about how a coordinated GMP storage, packaging and distribution model may reduce risk and strengthen the structure of your supply chain, contact Sentryvia email or by phone at 1-866-757-7400.
Sentry BioPharma Services provides oncology product management, global drug distribution, GMP storage and specialized services like pharmaceutical labeling, packaging and kitting. Sentry plays a critical role in protecting temperature-sensitive product safety, identity, strength, purity and quality (SISPQ) for both cancer clinical trials and commercial drug distribution for a wide range of pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients. With this in mind, the most successful cancer drugs are no match for avoidance of cancer altogether. Therefore, we are sharing this article from the National Institute for Health (NIH) concerning a new study which links physical exercise with lower cancer rates.
A new study of the relationship between physical activity and cancer has shown that greater levels of leisure-time physical activity were associated with a lower risk of developing 13 different types of cancer. The risk of developing seven cancer types was 20 percent (or more) lower among the most active participants (90th percentile of activity) as compared with the least active participants (10th percentile of activity). These findings, from researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the NIH, and the American Cancer Society (ACS), confirm and extend the evidence for a benefit of physical activity on cancer risk and support its role as a key component of population-wide cancer prevention and control efforts. The study, by Steven C. Moore, Ph.D., NCI, and colleagues, appeared May 16, 2016, in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Hundreds of previous studies have examined associations between physical activity and cancer risk and shown reduced risks for colon, breast, and endometrial cancers; however, results have been inconclusive for most cancer types due to small numbers of participants in the studies. This new study pooled data on 1.44 million people, ages 19 to 98, from the United States and Europe, and was able to examine a broad range of cancers, including rare malignancies. Participants were followed for a median of 11 years during which 187,000 new cases of cancer occurred.
The investigators confirmed that leisure-time physical activity, as assessed by self-reported surveys, was associated with a lower risk of colon, breast, and endometrial cancers. They also determined that leisure-time physical activity was associated with a lower risk of 10 additional cancers, with the greatest risk reductions for esophageal adenocarcinoma, liver cancer, cancer of the gastric cardia, kidney cancer, and myeloid leukemia. Myeloma and cancers of the head and neck, rectum, and bladder also showed reduced risks that were significant, but not as strong. Risk was reduced for lung cancer, but only for current and former smokers; the reasons for this are still being studied.
“Leisure-time physical activity is known to reduce risks of heart disease and risk of death from all causes, and our study demonstrates that it is also associated with lower risks of many types of cancer,” said Moore. “Furthermore, our results support that these associations are broadly generalizable to different populations, including people who are overweight or obese, or those with a history of smoking. Health care professionals counseling inactive adults should promote physical activity as a component of a healthy lifestyle and cancer prevention.”
Leisure-time physical activity is defined as exercise done at one’s own discretion, often to improve or maintain fitness or health. Examples include walking, running, swimming, and other moderate to vigorous intensity activities. The median level of activity in the study was about 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week, which is comparable to the current recommended minimum level of physical activity for the U.S. population.
There are a number of mechanisms through which physical activity could affect cancer risk. It has been hypothesized that cancer growth could be initiated or abetted by three metabolic pathways that are also affected by exercise: sex steroids (estrogens and androgens); insulin and insulin-like growth factors; and proteins involved with both insulin metabolism and inflammation. Additionally, several non-hormonal mechanisms have been hypothesized to link physical activity to cancer risk, including inflammation, immune function, oxidative stress, and, for colon cancer, a reduction in time that it takes for waste to pass through the gastrointestinal tract.
Most associations between physical activity and lower cancer risk changed little when adjusted for body mass index, suggesting that physical activity acts through mechanisms other than lowering body weight to reduce cancer risk. Associations between physical activity and cancer were also similar in subgroups of normal weight and overweight participants, and in current smokers or people who never smoked.
The study was a large-scale effort of the Physical Activity Collaboration of NCI’s Cohort Consortium, which was formed to estimate physical activity and disease associations using pooled prospective data and a standardized analytical approach.
“For years, we’ve had substantial evidence supporting a role for physical activity in three leading cancers: colon, breast, and endometrial cancers, which together account for nearly one in four cancers in the United States,” said Alpa V. Patel, Ph.D., a co-author from the American Cancer Society. “This study linking physical activity to 10 additional cancers shows its impact may be even more relevant, and that physical activity has far reaching value for cancer prevention.”
The National Cancer Institute leads the National Cancer Program and the NIH’s efforts to dramatically reduce the prevalence of cancer and improve the lives of cancer patients and their families, through research into prevention and cancer biology, the development of new interventions, and the training and mentoring of new researchers. For more information about cancer, please visit the NCI website at https://www.cancer.gov or call NCI’s Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER.
About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation’s medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.
Moore SC, et al. Leisure-time physical activity and risk of 26 types of cancer in 1.44 million adults. JAMA Internal Medicine. May 16, 2016. DOI:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.1548.
Sentry BioPharma Services offers temperature sensitive biological product management to pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and organizations with need for validated GMP storage and temperature-sensitive drug distribution services. For more information about how Sentry’s GMP storage can help protect the integrity of your biological products in general, contact Sentryvia email or by phone at 1-866-757-7400.
Safeguarding the health of clinical trial participants and the progression of trial results demands strict adherence to protocols. A disciplined approach to project management adds value within the constraints of client needs, including time and budget.
Sentry BioPharma Services (Sentry) provides clinical trial services to clients utilizing contract manufacturing organizations (CMO). Throughout Sentry’s history we have developed strong ties to contract manufacturers and their pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients by providing the following services:
Cold chain management activities
Drug product shipping services for worldwide international and domestic distribution
Drug product returns and destruction programs
GMP compliant drug product storage (ambient to <-135°C)
Import/export optimization including foreign trade zone (FTZ) status
Labeling, kitting and secondary packaging
As a continuation of Sentry’s CMO extended services, Sentry BioPharma Services and Vetter Development Service USA (Vetter)have announced their combined services offering to support new drug development from compound through clinic trials. From planning to filling to tracking, Vetter and Sentry will guide your compound through the clinical trial manufacturing process.