We’ve Teamed up with Local Companies to Donate Hand Sanitiser


March 30, 2020

MedPharm, the leading global contract developer for topical pharmaceutical products, has quickly assembled resources in both the US and the UK to produce and donate hand sanitiser to help fight the Covid-19 outbreak.

The speed of the Covid-19 pandemic has put enormous pressure on traditional supply channels leaving many institutions which are supporting the critical needs of vulnerable people and patients in short supply of hand sanitiser.

 “We are fortunate to have 20 years of formulation and manufacturing expertise and the resources to be able to do what we can across both of our facilities in Durham, NC and Guildford, UK,” said MedPharm’s President and CEO, Eugene Ciolfi. “It is clear that key small local institutions desperately need the product now and we are proud to be able to support our local communities in any way we can at this time.”

In Durham, NC, MedPharm has combined their formulation development expertise with Bedlam Vodka who is supplying the ethanol and their distillery for manufacturing the product. Agricultural and food testing experts Avazyme is providing the analysis required to ensure the product is quality assured and meets the guidelines for hand sanitiser to be used as a disinfectant.

As news of local distilleries shifting their focus of producing ethanol for consumption to sanitiser, Bedlam Vodka was quickly inundated with requests from healthcare providers and institutions to help in any way. Knowing the importance of providing a medically safe solution, Bedlam reached out to MedPharm and Avazyme for help.

The sanitiser will be supplied to WakeMed, a leading NC based healthcare provider, for use in their hospitals and numerous outpatient units in the local area.

“The collective fabric of our community is stepping up in new ways to meet these challenges, and for that we are grateful and humbled,” said Deb Laughery, vice president of Marketing & Communications for WakeMed. “These collaborative efforts allow us to care for those who need us and protect the safety and well-being of our patients and staff. Let’s continue to align resources, talent and compassion as we all respond to this public health crisis.”

“Our venture with local companies MedPharm and Avazyme means that we will be able to produce large quantities of sanitiser to support the needs of our healthcare workers at this time,” commented Brandon Evans, CEO of Graybeard Distillery, distillers of Bedlam Vodka. “Our collaboration has also been approached by other hospital systems to provide the scarce sanitisers, and we are doing everything in our power to help as many of our vital medical providers as possible.”

MedPharm’s site in Guildford, UK will be formulating and manufacturing batches on-site to deliver to local hospices and care homes. The company’s suppliers have been quick to respond to requests for materials so that MedPharm could move quickly to production through provision.

 “In Guildford, we quickly recognised that we had facilities for manufacturing this product on a modest scale,” commented Eugene.