Pharmaceuticals and Fine Chemicals

Purity is essential in all the stages of production and processing of pharmaceutical products. Calgon Carbon’s suite of products can be used for purifying a variety of pharmaceutical product, as well as isolating or concentrating a variety of pharmaceutical intermediates.


Activated Carbon and ion exchange resins are used in the liquid phase to eliminate color and impurities in intermediates and final products of pharmaceutical companies. Typical pharmaceutical applications include the purification and recovery of:

  • Active pharmaceutical ingredients (API)
  • Antibiotics
  • Pain killers
  • Pharmaceutical intermediates
  • Steroids
  • Vitamins – also for recovery in fermentation

Additionally, wastewater is often treated with activated carbon to remove residual organics before being discharged to national surface waterways. In order to remove trace impurities, incoming process water is commonly treated with activated carbon.

Activated Carbon

Calgon Carbon has developed granular and powdered activated carbon products that are designed for optimum removal of color and odor compounds, proteins, and other contaminants that could be present in the raw materials, or that form during production.

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Reactivation Services

CCC can offer safe and economical spent carbon handling and thermal reactivation in conjunction with fresh carbon supply and provide personnel and equipment to perform the carbon exchange on a turn-key basis.

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Ion Exchange

Calgon Carbon's continuous ISEP®/CSEP® systems are commonly used for antibiotic purification, vitamin recovery, optical isomer fractionation and pharmaceutical intermediate processing. Because of the versatility and flexibility of the ISEP®/CSEP® technology, Calgon Carbon can cost-effectively provide a design that is optimized for a wide variety of processes.

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CCC can bundle the performance advantages of activated carbon with equipment (service or purchase) and related services, to provide a full turnkey solution to decaffeination.

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