The Need for Nitrogen in Mexico Pharmaceutical and Biotech Applications


We’ve previously talked about the uses Nitrogen gas (N2) in the food and beverage industry. As you may infer, though, given the ubiquity of this gas in our atmosphere, nitrogen has many other equally beneficial uses. Criogas, your Mexico PurityPlus® Partner, is especially active, for example, in delivering nitrogen to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers and biotech firms commonly employ nitrogen in a process known as blanketing to help maintain or boost the quality of packaged medicines, medical supplies, medical devices, and biological samples. What blanketing does is replace oxygen with nitrogen prior to the packaging being sealed. This eliminates the potential for oxidation, contamination, degradation, and other harmful side effects resulting from oxygen reacting with other sorts of materials. Nitrogen safeguards product or sample sterility and integrity. It also helps preserve and protect products in shipment. Specimen containers, blood supplies, and doctor’s test kits are examples of products typically packaged with nitrogen.

Nitrogen being a safe, inert gas, it’s employed quite commonly as well to transfer liquid and powdered pharmaceutical materials, which can be risky if handled carelessly.

In addition, nitrogen blanketing is employed to diminish the presence of oxygen – and therefore the threat of fire or explosions – in settings where combustion is a real concern. Pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, medical laboratories, and hospitals customarily use nitrogen generators to govern the level of oxygen in the workplace as generators are more easily and precisely controlled than high-pressure gas cylinders.

Taking care of 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 Criogas from the first. Contact us today and speak with one of our specialty gas experts to help figure out which of our nitrogen products is best for your application.