Oxygen Barrier Technology Evaluation Resistance to Steam-Autoclave for Medical & Pharmaceutical Application

Many complex medical products and pharmaceutical preparations require an oxygen barrier in order to maintain safety and efficacy over shelf life. Included within this segment are complex large volume parenterals (LVPs) such as parenteral nutrition and specialty drugs. To achieve a high level of oxygen barrier, producers continue to use glass bottles or flexible bags in combination with foil or clear barrier overwraps, sometimes also containing oxygen scavenging sachets. A transparent, flexible, steam-autoclaveable barrier material would be advantageous for several reasons, including improved quality inspectability, label verification at point of use, and potentially extended shelf life and reduced cost.