The Need for Nitrogen in St. Louis Pharmaceutical and Biotech Applications


We’ve written before about the uses Nitrogen gas (N2) in the food and beverage industry. As you may figure, though, judging from the ubiquity of this gas in our atmosphere, nitrogen has many other equally advantageous uses. Cee Kay Supply, Inc., your St. Louis PurityPlus® Partner, is particularly engaged, for example, in providing nitrogen for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

Pharmaceutical manufacturers and biotech firms most often use nitrogen in a procedure known as blanketing to help protect 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 removes the potential for oxidation, contamination, degradation, and other damaging side effects resulting from oxygen reacting with other kinds of materials. Nitrogen safeguards 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.

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

Besides this, nitrogen blanketing is employed to diminish the presence of oxygen – and consequently the danger of fire or explosions – in environments where combustion is a constant concern. Pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, medical laboratories, and hospitals as a matter of course use nitrogen generators to control the level of oxygen in the workplace as generators are more simply and precisely controlled than high-pressure gas cylinders.

Meeting the pharmaceutical and biotech industries’ need for ultra high-purity and ultra carrier-grades of nitrogen here in St. Louis has been a main concern of ours at Cee Kay Supply, Inc. from the first. Contact us today and consult with one of our specialty gas specialists to help identify which of our nitrogen products is best for your application.