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bioMerieux Unveils Two Groundbreaking Culture Media for MFT

bioMerieux Media Fill Test
bioMerieux has launched two innovative culture media for Media Fill Tests (MFT): TSB 3P™ with Animal Peptones and TSB 3P™ with Vegetable Peptones and a color indicator to enhance efficiency and reduce potential errors.
Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)* require that pharmaceutical companies regularly verify the sterility of their production processes for injectable medical products such as vaccines, insulin, intravenous fluids or therapies, etc. Media Fill Tests are used for this microbiological control. They simulate the normal manufacturing conditions by replacing the product with culture media. Current practice requires the manual reading of several thousand containers filled with this culture media for each MFT. Since each container must be checked individually, this practice is extremely time-consuming and can be a source of potential errors.

To address these issues, bioMerieux has pioneered two new dehydrated culture media products designed for use in MFT. Both media are TSE-free to prevent any risk of transmitting animal spongiform encephalopathy.

The TSB 3P with Vegetable Peptones features a unique and patented color indicator that changes from pink to yellow if a bacterial contaminant is present. This visual indicator simplifies the interpretation of the test result and reduces the possibility of errors. In addition, the vegetable peptones perfectly suit pharmaceutical companies that have 'animal-free' production processes.

'Simulating sterile filling is critical for our Pharmaceutical customers,' stated Alexandre Merieux, bioMerieux Corporate Vice President, Industrial Microbiology. 'This new range of MFT products deliver quality advantages and greater ease of use. It also complements BacT/ALERT®, our automated solution for in process sterility control.'

The TSB 3P range with Animal or Vegetable Peptones meets the highest performance standards and complies with the requirements of American, Japanese and European Pharmacopoeias for the growth of non-fastidious microorganisms (bacteria, yeasts, fungi and certain anaerobic bacteria). Both formulations are cold-filterable to avoid any warming step to dissolve the dehydrated medium, and gamma irradiated to ensure the absence of viable microorganisms and mycoplasma.

* GMP are regulations promulgated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration under the authority of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

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Posted on April 8, 2009