| West Pharmaceutical Services is a manufacturer in the design and production of containment and delivery systems for injectable drugs and healthcare products. Co.'s products include packaging, containment solutions, reconstitution and transfer systems, and drug delivery systems, as well as contract manufacturing, analytical lab services and integrated solutions. Co.'s segments are: Proprietary Products, which provides packaging, containment and drug delivery products, analytical lab services and integrated solutions; and Contract-Manufactured Products, which is focused on the design, manufacture, and automated assembly of devices, for pharmaceutical, diagnostic, and medical device customers. |
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