The Need for Nitrogen in Mexico Pharmaceutical and Biotech Applications03/27/2018 We’ve already described the uses Nitrogen gas (N2) in the food and beverage industry. As you might expect, though, considering the prevalence of this gas in our atmosphere, nitrogen has all sorts other equally advantageous uses. AOC Mexico S.A. de C.V., your Mexico PurityPlus® Partner, is especially engaged, for example, in supplying nitrogen to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Pharmaceutical manufacturers and biotech firms commonly apply nitrogen in a practice known as blanketing to help preserve or enhance the quality of packaged medicines, medical supplies, medical devices, and biological samples. In blanketing, nitrogen winds up displaing oxygen prior to the packaging being sealed. This nullifies the likelihood of oxidation, contamination, degradation, and other damaging side effects resulting from oxygen reacting with various other materials. Nitrogen safeguards product or sample sterility and integrity. It also helps preserve and protect products during shipping. Specimen containers, blood supplies, and doctor’s test kits are examples of products most often packaged with nitrogen. Because nitrogen is a safe, inert gas, it’s used quite commonly as well to transfer liquid and powdered pharmaceutical materials, which can be unsafe if handled improperly. In addition, nitrogen blanketing is applied to diminish the presence of oxygen – and therefore the chance of fire or explosions – in circumstances where combustion is an ever-present concern. Pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, medical laboratories, and hospitals habitually use nitrogen generators to govern the level of oxygen in the workplace because generators are more easily and precisely controlled than high-pressure gas cylinders. Fulfilling the pharmaceutical and biotech industries’ need for ultra high-purity and ultra carrier-grades of nitrogen here in Mexico has been a top priority at AOC Mexico S.A. de C.V. from the beginning. Contact us today and talk with one of our specialty gas pros to help determine which of our nitrogen products is right for your application.