HPE HPE 85 – Spring 2017 - Page 18

Meeting report 16 materials including gene therapy products and products for bone, cartilage and skin repair among others. They can be somatic cells, gene therapy products or tissue engineered products, explained Claude Bernard (Pitié Salpetrière Hospital, Paris) The handling of ATMPs poses many practical challenges for pharmacists. For example, cellular products have always come from a donor and need to be appropriately labelled to avoid mix-ups. “Traceability from donor to recipient is critical”, said Dr Bernard. Another issue is that frozen graft material always requires 10% dimethyl sulphoxide (DMSO) to protect the membranes during the freezing process; it is stored at –130 to –180°C. In addition, liquid nitrogen used for freezing can itself be dangerous and so the tanks need to be fitted with appropriate monit