PharmaLogic has open house at new location in Bridgeport
10/04/2013 - The Exponent Telegram. By Adam Tobias.
PharmaLogic has settled nicely into its new home in the industrial park near North Central West Virginia Airport.
The local business, which compounds and distributes patient-specific intravenous drugs and oral solutions for use in diagnostic imaging, celebrated its new location Thursday with an open house.
According to PharmaLogic President Steve Chilinski, the company is making a $3.5 million investment to upgrade its 10 labs across the country, including the one in Bridgeport.
PharmaLogic’s new building on East Benedum Industrial Park Road is about 3,000 square feet, which is 1,000 square feet larger than its previous facility on Platinum Drive that opened in 1997.
But increased size was only one factor in the move, according to PharmaLogic Vice President of Operations Glen Palmer.
The new building allows the firm to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to federal regulations that will be handed down in the future, Palmer said.
“We have decided as a company that we are going to be proactive,” added PharmaLogic Pharmacy Manager Steve Green.
The building also has individual rooms for white blood cell labeling and iodine compounding to eliminate any chance of cross-contamination, according to Green.
Also included in the new equipment are air handlers in the ceilings to help make the rooms more sterile.
“You want a sterile environment,” Green said.
Palmer considers the PharmaLogic facility to be the most technologically advanced nuclear pharmacy in the country.
The company makes radioactive pharmaceuticals that are delivered to hospitals and used in diagnostic imaging, according to Palmer.
Palmer believes that process is better at pinpointing diseases and infection sources than X-rays.
“You can map disease progression,” Palmer said of diagnostic imaging.
According to Green, the radioactive pharmaceuticals are made early in the morning before being taken to hospitals.
Green said it’s important for the company to be near Interstate 79 because about 90 percent of its product is time-sensitive.
“Most of what we compound has a six-hour half-life,” Green added.
Thursday’s open house also included a ribbon-cutting ceremony, which was attended by Bridgeport Mayor Mario Blount, Recorder Robert Greer and Councilman Darrell Bowen and Harrison County Commissioners Mike Romano and Bernie Fazzini.
Dot Underwood, a representative for Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s office, was also on hand to present Palmer with a Distinguished Mountaineer Award.