Michael Reel

Michael Reel

Michael Reel has over 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry working for branded and generic companies in the areas of research and development, technical support, validation, and manufacturing. He has considerable experience working with oral solid dosage forms and serves as the Head of Technical Services for Alcami’s Wilmington, NC site. Mike holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Pharmacy from the Medical University of South Carolina and received his MBA from Duke University.

Recent Posts by Michael Reel:

Editorial: Challenge Accepted! Problem-Solving Examples for Packaging Dilemmas

Michael Reel, director of technical services at Alcami, and Quinn McGinnis, process engineer at Alcami, recently contributed to an article in Manufacturing Technology Insights titled Challenge Accepted! Problem-Solving Examples for Packaging Dilemmas. In the article, Reel and McGinnis discuss solutions to pharmaceutical packaging challenges through straightforward case studies.

Topics: Editorials Packaging Blogs

Understanding Pharmaceutical Packaging

For oral solid dose (OSD) pharmaceuticals, decisions regarding the type of packaging used are critical to the success of a product. The best formulated product in the world can fail if it is contained in an inappropriate package. So how does one decide which packaging to use for a product?

First and foremost, the package has to protect the product from damage or degradation. Different barriers can protect from moisture, light, or gases, such as oxygen or carbon dioxide. Blistered products may use cold-formed aluminum to block light completely. Vials, at times, use light protective sleeves for the same purpose. Bottled products may require the use of a coil to keep tablets from breaking during shipment. Alcami works with clients to customize the best package configuration for product protection.

Topics: Serialization Oral Solid Dose Packaging Blogs