Baxa Corporation Announces Release of Rapid-Fill Automated Syringe Filler

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Baxa Corporation announces the launch of the Rapid-Fill Automated Filling System (ASF). Designed for speed and accuracy, the Rapid-Fill ASF automates the process of sterile syringe filling, capping and labeling in a pharmacy hood. The Rapid-Fill was designed to meet a market need of 360 million small volume parental doses administered each year in the U.S.

"The Rapid-Fill Automated Syringe Filler eliminates the risk of touch contamination in the filling process," says Mark Thrasher, market manager, "while reducing waste through utilization of all of the drug in source containers. And, its integrated disposable combines the syringe, cap and label in a single unit, facilitating the process while minimizing raw material inventories." Accurate to within +/- 0.2 mL, the Rapid-Fill ASF is a safe and cost-effective alternative to minibags and pre-filled syringes.

The Rapid-Fill ASF needs no preventive maintenance and is designed to minimize cleaning requirements. Its cover maximizes laminar flow to ensure fluid-path sterility and maintain integrity during the cap removal, fill and capping process. Rapid-Fill Disposables are latex-free and non-DEHP for patient safety.

"The system takes a very manual process for filling syringes and automates it," states Rich Paoletti of Crozer-Keystone in Philadelphia, whose pharmacy took part in product trials during the Rapid-Fill ASF's development. He adds, "It is totally automated, labeled, and bar-coded to meet your own system's needs."

Approximately one million syringes are used for intermittent small-volume IV infusion each day in US healthcare -- including hospital and homecare use. In addition, large volumes of syringes are used for chemotherapy and patient-controlled analgesia. The Rapid-Fill ASF streamlines the pharmacy fluid-handling process through automation.

Source: Baxa Corporation