Dry Heat Sterilization & Depyrogenation

Dry heat sterilization is a method widely employed to eliminate microbial contaminants from pharmaceutical products, medical devices, and packaging materials. Unlike other sterilization methods which use moist heat or chemical agents, dry heat sterilization relies on elevated temperatures typically ranging from 160°C to 250°C for prolonged periods. Depyrogenation is a process specifically aimed at removing pyrogens—substances that can cause fever when introduced into the body—from pharmaceutical products and medical devices, typically via heat. Pyrogens are typically remnants of bacteria or bacterial products and pose serious risks if present in injectable drugs or intravenous solutions.

These processes are especially effective for items that are sensitive to moisture or incompatible with other sterilization methods.

Key Uses of Contract Dry Heat Sterilization/Depyrogenation via Heat at Prince:

Glassware and Containers: Glass vials, ampoules, and other containers used for drug storage often undergo dry heat sterilization to ensure they are free from microbial contamination.

Aseptic Processing Equipment: Aseptic filling and processing equipment such as stainless steel change parts and sorting bowls are excellent candidates for dry heat sterilization/depyrogenation.

Single use Surgical Instruments: Certain surgical instruments and medical devices that can withstand high temperatures are sterilized using dry heat to maintain their functionality and sterility.

Contract dry heat sterilization and depyrogenation services play indispensable roles in maintaining the safety, efficacy, and quality of pharmaceutical products. By partnering with specialized service providers, pharmaceutical and medical device companies can leverage these critical processes to meet regulatory requirements, protect patient health, and uphold their commitment to excellence in healthcare delivery.

Contact a Prince representative to better understand how we can support your dry heat sterilization and/or depyrogenation needs.