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Learn how pharmaceutical research uses porcine materials to create everyday medicines and porcine biologics to improve life for humans and animals.

Porcine Materials and Pharmaceuticals


Among the different uses of porcine tissues and other pig coproducts, the pharmaceutical industry

maximizes the use of pigs to research and create new medicines that improve the lives of humans and

animals. This use of porcine materials helps pharmaceutical research continue to innovate and discover

the medicines of the future.


Pigs are a primary source of materials for animal biologics. Biologics are potent medicines that are made

from the molecules, cells or tissues of living things. Biologics can come from microorganisms, insects,

plants or animals. From common medicines to cutting-edge porcine biologics, pigs play a huge role in

the treatment of illness and disease.


Porcine Materials Used in Pharmaceutical Applications

• Organs and glands

• Blood vessels

• Reproductive organs

• Fluids

• Tissues


Medicines and Medicinal Components Made from Porcine Materials

• Gelatin

• Epinephrine

• Heparin

• Progesterone

• Oxytocin

• Insulin

• Thyroid medications

• Melatonin


Dozens upon dozens of products are made from this short list of porcine materials. In turn, these

products contribute to many more pharmaceutical applications and continue to play important roles in

the development of new medicines and biomedical advances.


Because of the nature of porcine biologics, production methods demand consistent quality and purity to

continue saving lives. At SSR, we pride ourselves in the quality we provide and the ability to scale our

production to meet the precise needs of our clients


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