How Silicone is Used in Medical & Pharma

What makes medical-grade silicone rubber so popular within pharmaceutical and medical organisations?

Silicone rubber is one of the most popular materials around the world, but it has proven to be especially popular in the medical and pharmaceutical industries. At Viking Extrusions, we have helped many organisations in these industries get the medical-grade silicone rubber products they need. So how have those companies been using silicone rubber?

What is medical-grade silicone rubber?

Medical-grade silicone undergoes a different curing process than conventional silicone. The peroxide curing system leaves behind an acidic residue as a by-product, which makes it unsuitable for medical applications.

The silicone used in medical and pharmaceutical organisations must pass a biocompatibility test. Platinum-cured silicone is the best method for ensuring silicone is appropriate for use in medical situations.

How the pharmaceutical and medical industries use silicone rubber

One of the best things about silicone rubber is how diverse a material it is. It can be used in so many different applications and forms, depending on the needs of your business.

Silicone rubber tubing is common within medical and pharmaceutical industries. Our platinum-cured silicone tubing has excellent biocompatibility and high tear strength, making it suitable for medical applications. It is extremely hygienic and is manufactured in an ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 facility.

The specialist-grade silicone is ideal numerous applications and, here at Viking Extrusions, we have the following accreditations:

  • FDA Compliant to 21 CFR 177.2600
  • WRC approved to M103580/A-H
  • EC1935/2004
  • German B f R compliance chapter XV
  • Certified to USP Class VI
  • Free from Phthalate
  • Free from TSE/BSE bi-products.

We manufacture an extensive range of silicone products to suit your business needs from silicone rubber sheets to inflatable seals and more. If you have a specific product in mind, our team can help. Contact Viking Extrusions today to discuss your needs.

Is medical-grade silicone safe for my business needs?

Medical-grade silicone is one of the safest silicone rubber variants on the market. It boasts a number of properties to make it perfect for pharmaceutical applications.

Sterile material

Platinum-cured medical-grade silicone is biocompatible. It is also non-porous, making it impervious to water and easier to clean. as well as reducing the chances of germs and bacteria building up.

Chemically stable

Silicone rubber is resistant to numerous chemicals, such as those found within medical environments. It can be exposed for significant lengths of time without the integrity of the product being compromised, making it perfect for pharmaceutical companies seeking long-lasting products.

Long-lasting and durable

The lifespan of silicone can vary, depending on the way it is cured and the environment it is used in. Depending on the curing process, it can last upwards of 45 years. The durability makes these products key for medical and pharmaceutical organisations, as they can withstand a great deal of pressure and punishment in harsh environments.

Temperature resistant

The temperature range of silicone, before it becomes brittle or begins to deteriorate, is extensive. It can reach temperatures as low as -50°c and reach up to 300°c. It has one of the best ranges, making it perfect for use in the pharmaceutical and medical sectors.

Get a quote for medical and pharmaceutical industries

As one of the most sterile and durable materials in the world, medical silicone has been used in so many different applications. If your business is prioritising hygiene and durability, our silicone rubber products can help you achieve it. Contact the team today to discuss your needs and find out which product is perfect for you.

Get in touch with Viking Extrusions

Contact our expert team of silicone engineers for advice, quotations or any other queries.

A manufacturing warehouse with different build sections and workers stood looking at a laptop screen.