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ARL Bio Pharma provides analytical and microbiological testing for the pharmaceutical industry. Our laboratory works with pharmaceutical companies, compounding and hospital pharmacies, drug manufacturers, and raw material suppliers bringing excellence to pharmaceutical sciences.

Industries

Pharmacy

Pharmacy

ARL Bio Pharma provides analytical and microbiological testing for compounding pharmacies, outsourcing facilities, and health-system pharmacies. Our laboratory partners with industry suppliers bringing excellence to the compounding industry.
Services Offered:

 

  • Potency Determination
  • BUD and Stability Studies
  • Sterility
  • Endotoxin
  • Fungal
  • Microbial Identification
  • Microbial Enumeration Tests
  • Tests for Specified Organisms
  • Antimicrobial Effectiveness Testing
  • Particulate Matter by Light Obscuration
  • Particulate Matter by Microscopy
Raw Material

Raw Material

ARL Bio Pharma qualifies drug substances, excipients, and drug products to meet pharmacopeia specifications.
Services Offered:

 

  • Identification by IR
  • Identification by UV
  • Specific Gravity
  • Water – Methods 1a, 1b, 2 and 3
  • Residual Solvents
  • Melting Point / Melting Range
  • Loss on Drying
  • Residue on Ignition
  • Assay – HPLC, UV, Titration
  • Heavy Metals
  • pH
  • Viscosity
  • USP / NF (United States Pharmacopeia) testing
  • EP (European Pharmacopeia) testing
  • JP (Japanese Pharmacopeia) testing
Pharmaceuticals

Pharmaceuticals

ARL provides full laboratory services for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies. Laboratory services include testing for New Drug Application (NDA), Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA), medical devices (510K) and over-the-counter products.
Services Offered:

 

  • Stability Studies
  • Compatibility Studies
  • Raw Material Testing
  • Dissolution Testing
  • Microbial Identification
  • Bioequivalence Studies
  • Pre-clinical and Clinical Analytical Testing
Forensics

Forensics

ARL Bio Pharma provides comprehensive services to solve challenging drug investigations. These services are unique and specialized in pharmaceutical, toxicological, regulatory support, and research and development.
Services Offered:

 

  • Chemical Analysis
  • Biological Analysis
  • Drug Diversion Testing
  • Complaint Sample Testing
  • Product Contamination
  • Litigation Support
  • Patent Infringement
  • Literature Research and Review
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Industrial Hemp and CBD

ARL Bio Pharma tests industrial hemp and cannabidiol (CBD) to meet industry quality specifications.

  • Potency Testing
  • Pesticides
  • Heavy Metals
  • Microbiological Examination of Nonsterile Products: Tests for Specified Microorganisms <62>
  • Microbiological Examination of Nonsterile Products: Microbial Enumeration Tests USP <61>
  • Stability Studies

LATEST AROUND THE INDUSTRY

Tests for Burkholderia cepacia Complex

USP <60>, Microbiological Examination of Nonsterile Products – Tests for Burkholderia cepacia Complex, describes a test procedure that evaluates the microbiological quality, specifically the presence of species of the genus Burkholderia, in non-sterile substances and preparations.  This is important, because Burkholderia is a potentially dangerous pathogen, especially for drugs or raw materials that are intended for inhalation use, and aqueous preparations for oral, oromucosal, cutaneous, or nasal administration. 

There are several clinical reasons why it is important to screen for this genus of microorganisms.  First, they are Gram-negative, indicating their presence will produce endotoxins, potentially triggering a pyrogenic effect in a patient.  Burkholderia is an opportunistic pathogen, commonly causing pneumonia in immunocompromised persons or those with existing lung diseases.  Lung infection from Burkholderia is dangerous, and is characterized by a steep decline in function, potentially resulting death.  According to Lyczak (2002), death rates can be nearly 5x higher in Cystic Fibrosis (CF) patients infected with Burkholderia vs non-infected CF patients.  This, combined with its ability to spread person to person via body fluids, generally results in strict isolation procedures if detected in the hospital setting.  Burkholderia are naturally resistant to many antibiotics, including aminoglycosides and polymyxin B.  Treatment generally requires a combination of several antibiotics.  Combinations of ceftazidime, doxycycline, chloramphenicol, and others have been used as successful treatment options.

What are Endotoxin Challenge Vials...

Just as crucial as the sterile production of drug products is ensuring those same products are free of dangerous pyrogens - contaminants that induce febrile reactions in patients if introduced at high levels.

Relative to patient safety, the most concerning and common pyrogen is bacterial endotoxins. Pyrogens can be removed or destroyed by depyrogenation. A common method for depyrogenation is dry heat. Largely reproducible and easily controlled, dry heat depyrogenation is dependent on temperature and time to eliminate bacterial endotoxins. The depyrogenation process can be qualified and monitored with Endotoxin Challenge Vials (ECVs).