Three steps towards achieving the aim
Achieving this aim is the task of about 17,000 members of staff at approx. 60 locations all over the world. After purchasing reasonably priced raw materials and packaging materials, three steps are required for the manufacturing process itself:
- Step 1: Chemical or biotechnological production of the active ingredients.
- Step 2:Processing (formulation) the active ingredients into finished drugs. Active ingredients can be formulated for administration in solid form as tablets or powders, for example, or in a semi-solid form as ointments and creams. Infusions or injections are liquid forms of administration. Our hormonal contraceptives are supplied as sugar- or film-coated tablets or used in intrauterine systems (coils), for example. In addition to drug products for humans and animals, medical devices for diagnosis and therapy are produced in the United States of America.
- Step 3: Packaging.