In recent years, the demand for controlled medications has surged, presenting significant challenges for sponsors in the life science industry. Navigating the complex and stringent regulations surrounding controlled substance manufacturing requires specialized expertise that many small and medium-sized companies lack. While outsourcing may seem attractive, it’s crucial to find a Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) with the experience and licenses required for handling controlled substance APIs.

What sets us apart is our capabilities of US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) licenses that cover the entire spectrum of activities, from process research and development to manufacturing and importation of Schedule I to V controlled substances. Our facility has been successfully producing controlled medications since 2015 and maintain Drug Master Files (DMF) for dozens of controlled medications, demonstrating our commitment to quality and compliance.

We hold a license to import narcotic raw materials at a commercial scale. With a highly skilled and experienced team, Renejix specializes in manufacturing a wide range of highly potent controlled substances, including opioids for pain management, addiction treatment, obesity control, neurostimulants, and benzodiazepines. Our  expertise covers everything from the development controlled substance finished dosage formulations to their manufacturing, testing, and delivery.
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Overview

Scheduled substances are drugs and other materials that are controlled and classified by regulatory agencies due to their potential for abuse and dependency. The manufacturing of small molecule oral dosage forms for these substances requires specialized processes to ensure compliance with strict legal and safety standards.

Regulatory Adherence:

  • Strict adherence to regulatory guidelines is essential for the legal production and distribution of scheduled substances.
  • Compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and other regulatory requirements is rigorously maintained.

Facility Security:

  • Facilities are designed with advanced security systems to prevent unauthorized access and ensure the safe handling of scheduled substances.
  • Access to manufacturing areas is restricted to authorized personnel who have undergone thorough background checks.

Quality Control:

  • Quality control measures are heightened for scheduled substances to ensure the purity, potency, and consistency of the final product.
  • Each batch undergoes stringent testing to meet all regulatory standards for scheduled substances.

Waste Management:

  • Specialized protocols are in place for the disposal of waste materials to prevent environmental contamination and unauthorized access.

Scientific Expertise at Renejix:

  • Scientists at Renejix possess specialized knowledge in the development and manufacturing of scheduled substances.
  • They work on innovative formulation techniques to improve the efficacy and safety of these drugs.
  • Collaboration with regulatory experts ensures that all products meet the necessary legal standards for scheduled substances.

Security & Controls

  • We enforce highly secure, controlled access to our development and production suites, waste management systems, and storage facilities for raw materials, intermediates, and finished products.
  • Specialized handling procedures are in place for receiving, transferring, packaging, and shipping materials, minimizing any potential risks.

R&D Laboratory Controls:

  • Our laboratories are equipped with dedicated equipment to prevent cross-contamination.
  • We employ a key card security system to restrict access and maintain data integrity.

Training & Safety

  • Our workforce adheres to highly regimented safety protocols and personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements.
  • Our personnel are well-trained and experienced in handling controlled substances and hazardous materials, ensuring a safe working environment.
  • Stringent document protocols and procedures are in place to maintain data integrity and traceability.

Potent Controlled Substances

  • Our facilities include separate areas for gowning, misting, and de-gowning to maintain strict control over contamination
  • Renejix utilizes airlock and cascading pressure differentials to prevent any potential cross-contamination.
  • Equipment cleaning validations are conducted at extremely low levels to guarantee the highest product quality.

Manufacturing Capabilities

Facility Design:

The design and features of a manufacturing facility for the safe handling of scheduled substances are meticulously planned to ensure compliance with regulatory standards and safeguard both the product and personnel.

Facility Design and Layout:

  • Compliance with GMP: The facility adheres to Good Manufacturing Practices, ensuring products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards.
  • Quality Assurance Unit: A dedicated Quality Assurance (QA) unit is in place to oversee the approval or rejection of materials and processes.
  • Adequate Space and Equipment: Designed to prevent cross-contamination, the facility provides ample space and appropriate equipment for safe operations.

Environmental Control:

  • Contamination Prevention: The facility layout, including airflow systems and controlled environments, is engineered to prevent contamination.
  • Location Considerations: Strategically located to avoid infestations and environmental pollutants, ensuring product integrity.

Security Measures:

  • Controlled Access: Access to areas where scheduled substances are handled is strictly controlled, with entry limited to authorized personnel.
  • Surveillance Systems: State-of-the-art surveillance systems monitor the facility to ensure the security of sensitive substances.

Equipment Handling:

  • Qualified Personnel: Equipment is handled exclusively by qualified personnel, with clear identification and maintenance logs for accountability.
  • Standardization: Equipment and software are standardized to support a range of tasks efficiently and reliably.

Safety Procedures:

  • Written Policies: Comprehensive safety procedures and security policies are documented to mitigate risks associated with scheduled substances.

Role of Renejix Scientists:

  • Process Development: Renejix scientists are engaged in developing and refining manufacturing processes that meet the stringent handling requirements of scheduled substances.
  • Quality Control: They perform extensive testing and validation to ensure the quality and safety of the products.
  • Regulatory Compliance: In collaboration with regulatory affairs, Renejix scientists ensure all processes adhere to legal standards for scheduled substances.

Equipment

The manufacturing of scheduled substances in a CDMO setting involves the use of specialized equipment to ensure precision, safety, and regulatory compliance. 

Specialized Equipment for Scheduled Substances:

  • Containment Equipment: Utilized to handle potent active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) safely, ensuring the protection of operators and the environment.
  • Precision Dosing Equipment: Allows for accurate dosing of APIs, crucial for maintaining consistency and efficacy in oral dosage forms.
  • High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Filters: Installed in manufacturing areas to remove contaminants and maintain clean air standards.
  • Automated Material Handling Systems: Employed to transport materials safely and efficiently, minimizing the risk of human error and exposure.
  • Dedicated Milling Equipment: Used for particle size reduction, which is essential for improving the bioavailability of poorly soluble drugs.
  • Solvent Recovery and Recycling Systems: Critical for the sustainable and safe recovery of solvents used during the manufacturing process.

Role of Renejix Scientists:

  • Equipment Selection and Optimization: Renejix scientists are involved in selecting the most suitable equipment for the manufacturing process, ensuring it meets the specific needs of scheduled substance production.
  • Process Development: They work on developing and refining manufacturing processes, leveraging the specialized equipment to enhance efficiency and product quality.
  • Quality Control and Validation: Conducting rigorous testing and validation to ensure the equipment performs as required and that the final product meets all quality standards.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Ensuring that all equipment and processes comply with the stringent regulations governing the production of scheduled substances, including adherence to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

Services Offered

Synthesis

  • Custom Synthesis: Renejix provides custom synthesis services for complex molecules, leveraging state-of-the-art technology and innovative methods to ensure optimal yields and purity.
  • Process Optimization: Their scientists focus on refining synthesis processes to enhance efficiency, reduce waste, and lower costs, while maintaining environmentally friendly practices.

Formulation

  • Advanced Drug Delivery Systems: Renejix specializes in the development of sophisticated drug delivery systems that aim to improve therapeutic outcomes and enhance patient compliance.
  • Stability Studies: The formulation team at Renejix conducts thorough stability testing under various conditions to ensure the longevity and efficacy of drug products.

Packaging

  • Innovative Packaging Solutions: Renejix offers innovative packaging options designed to maintain product stability and extend shelf life.
  • Child-Resistant and Senior-Friendly Designs: The packaging is designed with a focus on safety and accessibility, catering to the needs of all end-users.

Additional Services

  • Regulatory Services: Renejix provides comprehensive regulatory services to ensure that all products comply with global standards.
  • Supply Chain Optimization: The company offers robust supply chain solutions, optimizing logistics to ensure the timely delivery of products.

Benefits

Patient Safety

  • Advanced Safety Protocols: Renejix implements advanced safety protocols that exceed industry standards, ensuring the highest level of protection for patients.
  • Continuous Monitoring: The company employs continuous monitoring systems to detect and address any potential safety issues promptly.
  • Patient-Centric Approach: Renejix adopts a patient-centric approach in all its operations, ensuring that patient safety is always the top priority.

Efficacy

  • Evidence-Based Practices: Renejix’s commitment to efficacy is demonstrated through its adherence to evidence-based practices in drug development and manufacturing.
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities: The company’s state-of-the-art facilities are equipped with the latest technology to ensure the highest efficacy of its pharmaceutical products.
  • Expert Formulation Team: Renejix’s expert formulation team is dedicated to creating drug formulations that maximize therapeutic benefits while minimizing side effects.

Scheduled substances are drugs and other materials that are controlled and classified by regulatory agencies due to their potential for abuse and dependency. The manufacturing of small molecule oral dosage forms for these substances requires specialized processes to ensure compliance with strict legal and safety standards.

Regulatory Adherence:

  • Strict adherence to regulatory guidelines is essential for the legal production and distribution of scheduled substances.
  • Compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and other regulatory requirements is rigorously maintained.

Facility Security:

  • Facilities are designed with advanced security systems to prevent unauthorized access and ensure the safe handling of scheduled substances.
  • Access to manufacturing areas is restricted to authorized personnel who have undergone thorough background checks.

Quality Control:

  • Quality control measures are heightened for scheduled substances to ensure the purity, potency, and consistency of the final product.
  • Each batch undergoes stringent testing to meet all regulatory standards for scheduled substances.

Waste Management:

  • Specialized protocols are in place for the disposal of waste materials to prevent environmental contamination and unauthorized access.

Scientific Expertise at Renejix:

  • Scientists at Renejix possess specialized knowledge in the development and manufacturing of scheduled substances.
  • They work on innovative formulation techniques to improve the efficacy and safety of these drugs.
  • Collaboration with regulatory experts ensures that all products meet the necessary legal standards for scheduled substances.
  • We enforce highly secure, controlled access to our development and production suites, waste management systems, and storage facilities for raw materials, intermediates, and finished products.
  • Specialized handling procedures are in place for receiving, transferring, packaging, and shipping materials, minimizing any potential risks.

R&D Laboratory Controls:

  • Our laboratories are equipped with dedicated equipment to prevent cross-contamination.
  • We employ a key card security system to restrict access and maintain data integrity.
  • Our workforce adheres to highly regimented safety protocols and personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements.
  • Our personnel are well-trained and experienced in handling controlled substances and hazardous materials, ensuring a safe working environment.
  • Stringent document protocols and procedures are in place to maintain data integrity and traceability.
  • Our facilities include separate areas for gowning, misting, and de-gowning to maintain strict control over contamination
  • Renejix utilizes airlock and cascading pressure differentials to prevent any potential cross-contamination.
  • Equipment cleaning validations are conducted at extremely low levels to guarantee the highest product quality.

Facility Design:

The design and features of a manufacturing facility for the safe handling of scheduled substances are meticulously planned to ensure compliance with regulatory standards and safeguard both the product and personnel.

Facility Design and Layout:

  • Compliance with GMP: The facility adheres to Good Manufacturing Practices, ensuring products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards.
  • Quality Assurance Unit: A dedicated Quality Assurance (QA) unit is in place to oversee the approval or rejection of materials and processes.
  • Adequate Space and Equipment: Designed to prevent cross-contamination, the facility provides ample space and appropriate equipment for safe operations.

Environmental Control:

  • Contamination Prevention: The facility layout, including airflow systems and controlled environments, is engineered to prevent contamination.
  • Location Considerations: Strategically located to avoid infestations and environmental pollutants, ensuring product integrity.

Security Measures:

  • Controlled Access: Access to areas where scheduled substances are handled is strictly controlled, with entry limited to authorized personnel.
  • Surveillance Systems: State-of-the-art surveillance systems monitor the facility to ensure the security of sensitive substances.

Equipment Handling:

  • Qualified Personnel: Equipment is handled exclusively by qualified personnel, with clear identification and maintenance logs for accountability.
  • Standardization: Equipment and software are standardized to support a range of tasks efficiently and reliably.

Safety Procedures:

  • Written Policies: Comprehensive safety procedures and security policies are documented to mitigate risks associated with scheduled substances.

Role of Renejix Scientists:

  • Process Development: Renejix scientists are engaged in developing and refining manufacturing processes that meet the stringent handling requirements of scheduled substances.
  • Quality Control: They perform extensive testing and validation to ensure the quality and safety of the products.
  • Regulatory Compliance: In collaboration with regulatory affairs, Renejix scientists ensure all processes adhere to legal standards for scheduled substances.

The manufacturing of scheduled substances in a CDMO setting involves the use of specialized equipment to ensure precision, safety, and regulatory compliance. 

Specialized Equipment for Scheduled Substances:

  • Containment Equipment: Utilized to handle potent active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) safely, ensuring the protection of operators and the environment.
  • Precision Dosing Equipment: Allows for accurate dosing of APIs, crucial for maintaining consistency and efficacy in oral dosage forms.
  • High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) Filters: Installed in manufacturing areas to remove contaminants and maintain clean air standards.
  • Automated Material Handling Systems: Employed to transport materials safely and efficiently, minimizing the risk of human error and exposure.
  • Dedicated Milling Equipment: Used for particle size reduction, which is essential for improving the bioavailability of poorly soluble drugs.
  • Solvent Recovery and Recycling Systems: Critical for the sustainable and safe recovery of solvents used during the manufacturing process.

Role of Renejix Scientists:

  • Equipment Selection and Optimization: Renejix scientists are involved in selecting the most suitable equipment for the manufacturing process, ensuring it meets the specific needs of scheduled substance production.
  • Process Development: They work on developing and refining manufacturing processes, leveraging the specialized equipment to enhance efficiency and product quality.
  • Quality Control and Validation: Conducting rigorous testing and validation to ensure the equipment performs as required and that the final product meets all quality standards.
  • Regulatory Compliance: Ensuring that all equipment and processes comply with the stringent regulations governing the production of scheduled substances, including adherence to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP).

Synthesis

  • Custom Synthesis: Renejix provides custom synthesis services for complex molecules, leveraging state-of-the-art technology and innovative methods to ensure optimal yields and purity.
  • Process Optimization: Their scientists focus on refining synthesis processes to enhance efficiency, reduce waste, and lower costs, while maintaining environmentally friendly practices.

Formulation

  • Advanced Drug Delivery Systems: Renejix specializes in the development of sophisticated drug delivery systems that aim to improve therapeutic outcomes and enhance patient compliance.
  • Stability Studies: The formulation team at Renejix conducts thorough stability testing under various conditions to ensure the longevity and efficacy of drug products.

Packaging

  • Innovative Packaging Solutions: Renejix offers innovative packaging options designed to maintain product stability and extend shelf life.
  • Child-Resistant and Senior-Friendly Designs: The packaging is designed with a focus on safety and accessibility, catering to the needs of all end-users.

Additional Services

  • Regulatory Services: Renejix provides comprehensive regulatory services to ensure that all products comply with global standards.
  • Supply Chain Optimization: The company offers robust supply chain solutions, optimizing logistics to ensure the timely delivery of products.

Patient Safety

  • Advanced Safety Protocols: Renejix implements advanced safety protocols that exceed industry standards, ensuring the highest level of protection for patients.
  • Continuous Monitoring: The company employs continuous monitoring systems to detect and address any potential safety issues promptly.
  • Patient-Centric Approach: Renejix adopts a patient-centric approach in all its operations, ensuring that patient safety is always the top priority.

Efficacy

  • Evidence-Based Practices: Renejix’s commitment to efficacy is demonstrated through its adherence to evidence-based practices in drug development and manufacturing.
  • State-of-the-Art Facilities: The company’s state-of-the-art facilities are equipped with the latest technology to ensure the highest efficacy of its pharmaceutical products.
  • Expert Formulation Team: Renejix’s expert formulation team is dedicated to creating drug formulations that maximize therapeutic benefits while minimizing side effects.

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FAQs

Here are some frequently asked questions about Scheduled Substances

What Are Scheduled Substances Services in a CDMO Context?

Scheduled substances services in a CDMO context refer to the specialized handling, development, and manufacturing capabilities tailored to controlled substances, which are regulated due to their potential for abuse. These services encompass formulation development, analytical testing, regulatory support, secure storage, and compliant manufacturing processes for pharmaceuticals containing controlled substances across various drug schedules.

Why Is Special Handling Required for Scheduled Substances?

Special handling is required for scheduled substances due to their strict regulatory oversight aimed at preventing diversion, misuse, and ensuring patient safety. Compliance with regulations, including secure storage, accurate record-keeping, and limited access, is essential. Special handling ensures the integrity of the manufacturing process and adherence to legal and regulatory requirements.

How Does a CDMO Ensure Compliance with Regulations for Scheduled Substances?

A CDMO ensures compliance with regulations for scheduled substances by implementing robust security measures, comprehensive quality management systems, and strict adherence to regulatory guidelines from agencies such as the DEA in the United States. This includes securing necessary licenses, conducting regular audits, employee training, and maintaining detailed documentation of all handling, manufacturing, and distribution activities.

What Types of Scheduled Substances Can a CDMO Handle?

A CDMO can handle a wide range of scheduled substances, including but not limited to opioids, stimulants, cannabinoids, and benzodiazepines. The specific capabilities may vary depending on the CDMO's certifications, facilities, and the legal framework of the regions in which it operates.

Can a CDMO Support the Development of Abuse-Deterrent Formulations?

Yes, a CDMO can support the development of abuse-deterrent formulations. This involves designing drug products with features that make abuse more difficult or less attractive, such as making the substance harder to crush, dissolve, or inject. The CDMO's formulation experts work closely with clients to develop innovative solutions that meet regulatory standards and improve patient safety.

What are the Challenges in Manufacturing Scheduled Substances?

Manufacturing scheduled substances presents challenges such as ensuring the security of the supply chain, maintaining compliance with stringent regulatory requirements, managing the risk of diversion, and implementing abuse-deterrent technologies. Additionally, there is the complexity of producing consistent, high-quality products under tightly controlled conditions.

How Does a CDMO Manage Secure Storage and Transportation of Scheduled Substances?

A CDMO manages secure storage and transportation of scheduled substances by utilizing controlled access storage areas, surveillance systems, and employing security protocols compliant with regulatory standards. For transportation, partnerships with licensed and vetted logistics providers ensure that shipping of these substances is secure, traceable, and complies with all regulatory requirements for controlled substances.

What Is the Role of Analytical Services in Handling Scheduled Substances?

Analytical services play a critical role in handling scheduled substances by ensuring purity, potency, and compliance with specifications. They involve rigorous testing for impurities, degradation products, and confirmation of the chemical identity of the scheduled substance. These services are crucial for maintaining product integrity, supporting regulatory submissions, and ensuring patient safety.

How Do Regulatory Consultation Services Support Scheduled Substances Projects?

Regulatory consultation services support scheduled substances projects by providing expert guidance on navigating the complex regulatory landscape associated with controlled substances. This includes assistance with obtaining necessary licenses, compliance with manufacturing and distribution regulations, and support for regulatory submissions and interactions with regulatory agencies.

Can a CDMO Support International Projects Involving Scheduled Substances?

Yes, a CDMO can support international projects involving scheduled substances by leveraging its understanding of global regulatory requirements and international supply chain management. This includes expertise in the conventions of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), compliance with the regulatory frameworks of different countries, and managing logistics for the secure international transportation of controlled substances.