LIONVILLE, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. (NYSE: WST), a global leader in innovative system and component solutions for injectable drug administration, and CareFusion, (NYSE: CFN), a global medical technology company, today announced they will jointly develop and market a new, needle-free vial access device. This initiative is part of a five year global distribution and supply agreement between the two companies.
The new product, which will be available in late 2011, is intended not only to help prevent leaks, but also reduce surface contamination and risk of exposure during a drug product’s reconstitution process. The system will be based on West’s vented vial adapter in combination with CareFusion’s needle-free connector and closed male luer technologies.
“West is pleased to offer its vented vial adapter technology with CareFusion to develop safer products for patients and caregivers. This new vented-vial access system can be used for transportation, reconstitution and administration of hazardous substances such as chemotherapy, antivirals and other cytotoxic drug products,” said Glen Zimmermann, associate director marketing, West Administration Systems, Americas. “We look forward to working with CareFusion on future development projects.”
“The safety of health care workers is one of our primary concerns,” said Bob Tolliver, director of OEM business development, Infusion for CareFusion. “This innovative component will be a strong addition to our existing portfolio designed to help protect clinicians from accidental exposure to hazardous drugs.”
The product development is part of a distribution and development agreement that was signed in September 2010. The agreement provides West with exclusive worldwide rights to sell the Texium® closed male luer to pharmaceutical companies and contract manufacturers as part of a drug kit. West also obtains non-exclusive rights to sell SmartSite® in conjunction with Texium.
The agreement further provides CareFusion, which sells products and services to hospitals around the world, with exclusive worldwide rights to sell the new vented-vial access device on a standalone basis to hospital, physician and pharmacy customers. In addition, CareFusion plans to replace its current vented-vial product with the new, jointly developed product.
West’s innovative system, device and component solutions help improve the safety and administration of injectable drugs. West’s proprietary materials science, formulation research and manufacturing technologies advance the quality, therapeutic value, development speed and rapid market availability of pharmaceuticals, biologics and vaccines. West supports its customers from facilities in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. For more information, visit www.westpharma.com. Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/WestPharma.
About CareFusion Corporation
CareFusion is a global corporation serving the health care industry with products and services that help hospitals measurably improve patient care. The company develops market-leading technologies including Alaris® infusion pumps, Pyxis® automated dispensing and patient identification systems, AirLife™, AVEA® and LTV® series of ventilators and respiratory products, ChloraPrep® skin prep products, MedMined™ services for data mining surveillance, V.Mueller® and Snowden-Pencer® surgical instruments and NeuroCare diagnostic products. CareFusion employs more than 15,000 people across its global operations. More information may be found at www.carefusion.com.