Commercial Product Supply

Dosage Forms

Every pharmaceutical product presents unique manufacturing challenges, just as every pharmaceutical company has its own business requirements. The more options that are available, the more precisely you will be able to meet these needs. This is why Patheon, a part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, offers such an expansive range of choices in dosage forms and technologies.

However, often those needs extend beyond the actual dose to other aspects of commercial supply. With us, you’ll have the option of integrating packaging, regulatory and logistical support, as well as drug substance process development and manufacturing, with the production of your finished dosage form. Instantly simplify your supply chain with a single, highly capable strategic partner.

  1. Oral Solids
  2. Steriles
  3. Softgels

Oral Solids

Bring 40+ years of experience to your project. Access a remarkable range of conventional and specialized oral solid dose form options. Further expand your options with innovative combinations of these forms and a variety of controlled-release technologies. All these choices are executed with the expansive scientific resources and expertise to rapidly develop successful formulations for even the most complex APIs including highly potent compounds and controlled substances.

Whether you are establishing a commercial supply for a new product, transferring an existing product, have a life cycle management project for an established drug, or seeking opportunities and resources in the fast-paced over-the-counter market, with our commercial drug manufacturing experts, you’ll have access to all the oral solid dosage capabilities, capacity and quality you need to achieve your goals.


  • Immediate-release tablets
  • Powder-filled capsules
  • Powders, granules and coated beads


  • Liquid-filled capsules
  • Controlled-release tablets
  • Multilayer tablets
  • Fast-dispersible tablets


Access extensive sterile pharmaceutical manufacturing capabilities and scales, including terminal sterilization, aseptic processes and world-class expertise in lyophilization. With us, you’ll also have access to state-of-the-art commercial-scale cGMP manufacturing for prefilled syringes and cartridges.

  • Liquid Small Volume Parenterals (SVP): Choose from a wide range of vial forms and sizes to achieve exactly the right solution for your project.
  • Liquid Large Volume Parenterals (LVP): Available in a broad array of sizes, we often utilize this dosage form to help clients efficiently achieve proof of concept.
  • Lyophilized Vials: Benefit from the speed and efficiency of seamless scale-up from development to commercial manufacturing. This is possible because the equipment at our European and North American facilities ranges from 2 mm vials to 100 mm. This enables precise control of your process conditions across all phases and scales.
  • Prefilled Syringes & Cartridges: Ready-to-use dosage formats that enable self administration of parenterals which once required a clinical visit. As the healthcare industry seeks to move treatments into the home, we are investing in capabilities that will keep you ahead in the evolving marketplace.

Our sterile capabilities also include process development and manufacturing of biologic drug substances at scales from clinical to global commercial. With Patheon, a part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, as your single-source partner, you’ll be able to bring your discoveries to market with more speed and efficiency than ever before.


Attractive and easy to swallow, most patients prefer softgels. This has made softgels a very popular dosage form for new prescription products, over-the-counter products and life cycle management projects. Patheon, a part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, offers a broad range of softgel technologies and options. Learn more about all our softgel formulation and manufacturing services here.

With us, you’ll have access to much more than reliable high-quality contract manufacturing. You’ll have access to capabilities spanning every stage of a pharmaceutical’s development and commercial life cycle. This includes the formulation expertise to maximize the many technical advantages of softgels.

  • Precise control of drug release rate and site of absorption
  • Specialized technologies for enhanced solubility
  • Lower dose levels with higher bioavailability
  • Faster drug action and reduced food effect
  • Hermetic seal for oxygen-sensitive APIs
  • Masking of unpleasant tastes and odors
  • Opacity range from clear to opaque for light-sensitive APIs
  • Liquid, suspension, semi-solid and solid fill materials of any viscosity
  • Alkali or acidic gelatin shells formulated for each fill material
  • Reduced exposure risks for high potency compounds
  • Broad palette of shapes, sizes and colors
  • Options for chewable and topical applications

Softgels are easily scaled for the fine tuning of commercial supply inventories. That’s because the earliest clinical batches are made with the same process and on the same equipment as commercial-scale runs.

Process Validation and Tech Transfer

Complete process validation in accordance with regulatory and cGMP guidelines is essential to the establishment of a reliable high-quality commercial supply.

  • Process validation with critical parameters
  • Validation of analytical assays
  • Hold time studies
  • Stability studies at required ICH conditions
  • Container shipment studies
  • Release testing
  • CMC documentation in CTD format

While technology transfers are commonly viewed as part of the normal course of business, at Patheon, a part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, we see them as an opportunity to use our integration and efficiency to give clients a strategic and financial advantage. Even when your transfer is urgent, Patheon can execute it quickly and effectively to minimize interruption to product supply.

In 2016, we successfully completed the Technology Transfer of 111 commercial scale products. In all cases, we are driven by your deadlines, flexible in our approach and determined to get your tech transfer right the first time, every time. It is with this approach we won the European Outsourcing Award for Most Effective Technical Transfer in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Analytical Services

Repeatable high quality delivered by exceptional analytical services teams. The speed and efficiency of being in-house at every solid and sterile dose manufacturing facility. Fully equipped cGMP labs providing you with comprehensive project support.

  • In-process control production support
  • Release testing
  • Stability testing for various ICH climatic zones
  • Genotox studies
  • PAR studies
  • IND/IMPD dossier support

Work with us and you’ll always have access to the full breadth of analytical services and capabilities. Know-how grounded in the experience of manufacturing hundreds of products, and scientifically sound data for your regulatory submissions.

You’ll feel confident in the quality of your product and processes because of the high quality of the analytical data they’ll be built upon. No matter what the demands of your project.

Commercial Batch Manufacturing

Patheon, a part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, is a global leader in contract pharmaceutical manufacturing. With us you’ll have access to extensive commercial capabilities, scale and capacity; the full spectrum of oral solid and sterile dosage forms; and a global network of fully integrated world-class facilities – all with approvals from international regulatory agencies and Right First Time/On-Time track records that are second to none.

You’ll have a partner whose groundbreaking custom manufacturing suites and streamlined supply chain solutions are transforming the industry. Over 40 years, quality and innovation have earned our team the trust of the industry:

  • All of the top 20 pharma companies*
  • 15 of the top 20 specialty pharma companies*
  • 18 of the top 20 biotech companies*

Patheon, a part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, manufactures more than 700 products and works with clients in more than 70 countries. And we developed or manufactured 27 of the top 100 selling drugs in 2015.

Source: Development and commercial client list 2014; EvaluatePharma ® WW Prescription (Rx) 2012 sales data.


High-capacity cGMP primary and secondary packaging for oral solid and sterile dosage forms for both long-term and short-term needs. We can deliver a finished product approved for distribution around the world, and do so for multiple markets from a single batch. Plus you'll have access to expert guidance in stability, safety and USP testing, as well as component specification.

Patheon, a part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, is a flexible and efficient alternative to specialized vendors. With the same level of expertise and quality, you can directly align your packaging with your product manufacturing to streamline your supply chain. Generate even more efficiency and speed to market by also tying in the development and manufacture of your small or large molecule drug substance.

Custom Manufacturing Suites

We are dedicated to providing clients with solutions precisely tailored to meet the unique requirements of their product and business. That may mean collaborating with you on the design, construction, management and operation of a fully equipped, state-of-the-art, cGMP manufacturing suite within one of our facilities.

Benefit from our expertise in facility design, construction, equipment selection, process development and technology transfers to ensure you have exactly the commercial product supply you need to succeed.

Do you want to learn more?

We look forward to learning about your specific needs, please contact us.