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plastic news ClariantRight now, manufacturers of drug and packaging combinations have the option of filing with FDA under USP 661, Plastic Packaging Systems and Their Materials of Construction, or the new USP 661.1, Plastic Materials of Construction. Starting in May 2020, however, “all drugs marketed in the United States and their packaging will need to be in compliance with 661.1,” said Stephen Duckworth, Head of Segment, Healthcare Polymer Solutions, at specialty chemicals company Clariant (Muttenz, Switzerland). To help its customers get in front of these regulatory changes—and they are considerable, stressed Duckworth—Clariant began testing its MEVOPUR and REMAFIN-EP materials last year to the USP 661.1 requirements, a process that it has now completed. Duckworth spoke with PlasticsToday about Clariant’s initiative to help customers future-proof packaging before the May 2020 deadline from the company’s booth at the co-located MD&M West and PLASTEC West event in Anaheim, CA, this week.

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