Why Most Firms Still Don't Use RABS Or Isolators To Better Protect Filling Lines From Contamination
Despite the reduced risk of contaminating sterile drug products, most manufacturers are still not using advanced technologies such as RABS and isolators in the cleanroom. High costs and lack of regulatory pressure were cited in survey responses as reasons for the slow uptake.
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