The Need for Nitrogen in Atlanta, GA Pharmaceutical and Biotech Applications


We’ve previously described the uses Nitrogen gas (N2) in the food and beverage industry. As you might expect, though, given the amount of this gas in our atmosphere, nitrogen has many other equally worthwhile uses. Sidney Lee Medical & Scientific Gases, your Atlanta, GA PurityPlus® Partner, is particularly engaged, for example, in delivering nitrogen to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers and biotech firms generally use nitrogen in a practice dubbed blanketing to help maintain or upgrade the quality of packaged medicines, medical supplies, medical devices, and biological samples. In blanketing, nitrogen ends up replacing oxygen prior to the packaging being sealed. This removes the probability of oxidation, contamination, degradation, and other detrimental side effects resulting from oxygen reacting with various other materials. Nitrogen maintains product or sample sterility and integrity. It also helps preserve and protect products while they’re being shipped. Specimen containers, blood supplies, and doctor’s test kits are examples of products most frequently packaged with nitrogen.

Given that nitrogen is a safe, inert gas, it’s used quite often as well to transfer liquid and powdered pharmaceutical materials, which can be unsafe if handled thoughtlessly.

In addition, nitrogen blanketing is used to diminish the presence of oxygen – and consequently the prospect of fire or explosions – in environments where combustion is a constant concern. Pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, medical laboratories, and hospitals routinely employ 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 Atlanta, GA has been a prime concern for us at Sidney Lee Medical & Scientific Gases from the beginning. Contact us today and speak with one of our specialty gas specialists to help establish which of our nitrogen products is best for your application.