Companies in the pharmaceutical and food industries must operate with extreme care to prevent their products from causing more harm than good. One of the most insidious threats these businesses must watch for comes in the form of bacterial endotoxins. These are pieces of bacterial cells that are found on the outer cell membrane of certain microorganisms. Although they are harmless when outside of the body or in the alimentary canal, it is when these endotoxins find their way into the bloodstream that the true danger is revealed.
As pyrogens, endotoxins are known to cause fevers and headaches. In high enough concentrations, however, the effects can be devastating. Lung and kidney failure have been reported, as well as blood clots. In the most severe cases, endotoxins can cause a complete inflammatory response in the body that could eventually lead to septic shock or death.
Protecting Pharmaceutical Production
Preventing outbreaks of illnesses caused by these pathogens is of critical importance to drug manufacturers. Unfortunately, these endotoxins are common in nature. Because of this, they may be found throughout the process of creating pharmaceuticals, which includes everything from the water and raw ingredients to the processing equipment and packaging. Making matters more complicated is the fact that endotoxins cannot be detected by a sterility test.
Both the FDA and USP <797> have set limits on the levels of endotoxins allowed in pharmaceutical products. Each drug has its own acceptable level of these pathogens, which is determined by human tolerance and the route of administration. It is critical for every manufacturer to ensure that they comply with these regulations for a number of reasons. Not only should pharmaceutical companies strive to release the safest drugs possible, but they should also make sure to avoid fines and legal repercussions that may be related to an outbreak of illness.
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