The Need for Nitrogen in Pittsburgh Pharmaceutical and Biotech Applications


We’ve written before about the uses Nitrogen gas (N2) in the food and beverage industry. As you may deduce, though, judging from the amount of this gas in our atmosphere, nitrogen has all sorts other equally worthwhile uses. Greco Gas, your Pittsburgh PurityPlus® Partner, is especially active, for instance, in delivering nitrogen to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers and biotech firms most often use nitrogen in a technique known as blanketing to help protect or boost the quality of packaged medicines, medical supplies, medical devices, and biological samples. What blanketing does is replace oxygen with nitrogen immediately before the packaging is sealed. This removes the likelihood of oxidation, contamination, degradation, and other undesirable side effects resulting from oxygen reacting with other types of materials. Nitrogen safeguards product or sample sterility and integrity. It also helps preserve and protect products in transportation. Specimen containers, blood supplies, and doctor’s test kits are examples of products most frequently packaged with nitrogen.

Since nitrogen is a safe, inert gas, it’s used quite frequently as well to transfer liquid and powdered pharmaceutical materials, which can be risky if handled incautiously.

Additionally, nitrogen blanketing is used to diminish the presence of oxygen – and therefore the possibility of fire or explosions – in situations where combustion is a persistent concern. Pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, medical laboratories, and hospitals as a matter of routine use nitrogen generators to control the level of oxygen in the workplace because generators are more readily and precisely controlled than high-pressure gas cylinders.

Satisfying the pharmaceutical and biotech industries’ need for ultra high-purity and ultra carrier-grades of nitrogen here in Pittsburgh has been a top priority at Greco Gas from the first. Contact us today and consult with one of our specialty gas specialists to help confirm which of our nitrogen products is right for your application.