Given the risks highly potent active pharmaceutical ingredients (HPAPIs) present in cross-contamination and containment, it is important to consider manufacturing and handling approaches carefully. In fact, because of the demands of HPAPI manufacturing, many drug developers select a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) partner to make the substance. The discussion below outlines some of the considerations for HPAPI manufacturing and, when appropriate, HPAPI CDMO selection.
With the significant infrastructure and capital investments required for effective HPAPI manufacturing, it is simply not feasible for many of the small and mid-size companies to make this extensive investment. In the suites alone, Alcami is investing approximately $7 million in 2017. Not to mention its investment in skilled personnel and procedural development. These levels of investment are not possible or prudent for many companies.