The Need for Nitrogen in St. Louis Pharmaceutical and Biotech Applications03/27/2018 We’ve already covered the uses Nitrogen gas (N2) in the food and beverage industry. As you may figure, though, judging from the commonness of this gas in our atmosphere, nitrogen has all kinds other equally advantageous uses. Cee Kay Supply, Inc., your St. Louis PurityPlus® Partner, is especially engaged, for example, in providing nitrogen for the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Pharmaceutical manufacturers and biotech firms generally use nitrogen in a practice 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 before the packaging is sealed. This removes the potential for oxidation, contamination, degradation, and other harmful 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 during transport. 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 commonly as well to transfer liquid and powdered pharmaceutical materials, which can be risky if handled inappropriately. Besides this, nitrogen blanketing is employed to diminish the presence of oxygen – and consequently the danger of fire or explosions – in settings 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. Taking care of 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 verify which of our nitrogen products is right for your application.