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September 2018 | Drug Development & Delivery SPECIAL FEATURE – Injection Devices: As Self-Injections Grow, Drug Delivery Gets Smarter

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Kahle Automation was featured in the following article:

SPECIAL FEATURE – Injection Devices: As Self-Injection Grows, Drug Delivery Gets Smarter

The global injectable drug delivery market is growing around 11.8% CAGR and will soon eclipse oral delivery as the most valuable route of administration of pharmaceuticals. The market was valued at $328 million in 2015 and is expected to reach $640 million by 2021.1 This growth is being fueled by biologics, which are expected to grow at a clip of 26.5% to over $250 billion by 2020.2

The growth of chronic diseases and the requirement for repeat dosing to treat these diseases are driving the market for self-injections to grow at over 22% per year towards nearly $80 billion by 2022.2 “This move towards injection of biologics at home is a clear trend in our society and our industry, and it presents a clear challenge for device developers,” says John A. Merhige, Chief Commercial Officer, Credence MedSystems, Inc.

This annual Drug Development & Delivery report highlights some of the innovative and novel technologies developers are deploying to make self-injection easier and improve patient adherence.

Kahle: Custom Syringe Assembly for Complex Designs

Kahle designs and builds custom assembly, inspection, and process equipment for medical devices and drug delivery products with complete equipment validation services. Kahle works with customers’ device/requirements regardless of the design, the processes, or the production rate required. As a manufacturing equipment supplier, Julie Logothetis, President of Kahle, says the company faces challenges posed by the complexity of new injection/drug delivery devices. “Some of the “traditional” packaging and processing equipment companies work off of standard platforms and designs and do not have the flexibility to meet the requirements of the new, more complex devices,” says Ms. Logothetis. “Gone are the days of a simple syringe and needle. A new safety injection device can have 12 or more components that need to be assembled, compared to a three-piece syringe and basic needle.”

In the past year, Kahle built equipment to assemble standard and basic safety syringes, a new safety needle that is going to be on the market soon, as well as components for wearable pump devices. Kahle Needle Assembly Systems are available in various machine configurations, depending on product design and assembly requirements.

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