Cardinal Health expands single-use device reprocessing facility

Cardinal Health’s Sustainable Technologies facility in Riverview, Florida [Photo courtesy of Cardinal Health]

Cardinal Health (NYSE:CAH) recently opened its expanded Sustainable Technologies facility in Riverview, Florida.

The facility is now twice as large as before, at 100,000 square feet, said Dublin, Ohio-based Cardinal Health.

The medical device manufacturer and distributor launched Sustainable Technologies in 2015 to collect, reprocess and recycle single-use devices in the U.S. Sustainable Technologies now works with more than 3,000 U.S. hospitals and ambulatory service centers, Cardinal Health said.

The FDA allows single-use devices to be used more than once if reprocessors can show the reprocessed devices are substantially equivalent to the original device. Many single-use devices can be recycled when they can not be reprocessed.

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Nelipak Healthcare Packaging receives ISCC Plus certification

Nelipak today announced that two of its North American facilities have received International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) Plus certification.

The packaging manufacturer created a mass-balance model for sustainable packaging at the facilities — in Phoenix, Arizona and Whitehall, Pennsylvania — said Nic Hunt, senior director and head of global sustainability at Nelipak.

“Increasing the use of sustainable packaging solutions is a top priority for many of our customers,” Hunt said in a news release. “Working with our supply chain partners, Nelipak has collaborated to increase the use of recycled content.”

Nelipak expects to expand the mass-balance model to its other sites across North America and Europe.

ISCC Plus is a globally recognized third-party certification system for tracking recycled and bio-based materials through the supply chain, Nelipak said.

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Pharma and biotech companies set their sites on sustainability

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Sustainability continues to be a hot topic, and the pharmaceutical industry faces pressure to reduce its carbon footprint. As a result, a growing number of pharma companies are stepping up sustainability efforts.

In a growing number of locations, pharma companies are seeing drivers in the regulatory environment to force them to prioritize sustainability. “We’re seeing [pressure] from both regulatory authorities having jurisdiction at the federal, state and local level of different jurisdictions,” said Jeff Wegner, a mechanical engineer at CRB.

A growing number of jurisdictions on the East Coast and West Coast are restricting or banning the use of, for instance, natural gas.

While such restrictions are not yet pervasive, the trend is building, said Wegner, who was among the authors of the Horizons: Life Sciences Report.

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