Environmental Sustainability

Product Stewardship

Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology
Product Stewardship

We support the use of nanotechnology to develop innovative drugs and vaccines that address the unmet medical needs of people and animals.

Nanotechnology broadly describes the use of very small materials—ranging normal materials, extremely reduced in size, to unique, minute substances such as carbon nanotubes and other exotic materials. We have a public policy statement that explains our approach to using nanotechnology responsibly.

The testing required for all drugs ensures that nano-based pharmaceuticals are safe and effective for patient use. Our safety and health professionals closely monitor developments in this area. Based on current knowledge of nanoparticles, our existing methods of assessing risks and applying controls are well-suited to minimizing the risks of exposure among employees and in the environment.

Here are a few examples of how we use nanotechnology to improve health:

  • Human Health: EMEND® (aprepitant) uses a nanoscale milling approach to make its granules very small so that they are more easily absorbed by the digestive tract
  • Animal Health: Nanoscale milling is used for the active ingredient in PANACUR® (fenbendazole) to produce a stable and more easily re-suspendable formulation, which makes the product easier to administer and provides for improved dosing