Monday, November 19, 2012

A Visit To Amherst Laboratories

Ever wonder how your medicines and vitamins are made? Sometimes, when I buy a product and look at its packaging I wonder that to myself: the process of making it, how they mix the ingredients, how they form it in its shape, how they pack each one and how much time the whole process takes. I am a natural born curious cat and its innate in me to find out things that stimulates my curiosity, but ofcourse not everything is found over the net. So when I was given a chance to visit Unilab's Plant in Laguna, I immediately grabbed the chance.

With the Mommy Bloggers!

Amherst Laboratories, subsidiary of United Laboraties, Inc. is situated somewhere in Mamplasan, Binan, Laguna. It's 2.4 hectares Pharmaceutical Plant boast it's state of the art, advanced technology manufacturing facilities designed to produce a variety of ethical or prescription drugs most common in the market in solid, semi-solid and liquid dosage forms.

All those in the shelves are Unilab Medicines and Vitamins. Cool huh!

Just more than an hour trip to and we've reached the place. It was definitely huge. Before we proceed with the plant tour we had our orientation first.

After that, the tour begins! To start off, we were told that the Laboratory is a highly sensitive facility with regards to sanitation. After crossing the beam, they are making sure that no bare footwear will step on their flooring. They provided shoe covers for us to wear before we go to the other side of the room. There were also lab gowns in different sizes that we should wear before entering the facilities.

They take sanitation seriously that's why I am serious. LOL! :P

When we got in, the sanitation measure continuous. We need to soap up our hands and dry it on a special blower machine to make sure we won't contaminate the place. When we're done and hands are all clean, the tour began!

Washing hands!

Look Mom! It's queaky clean!

We went to various places where medicines are made from solid to liquid forms, from big machines that process the ingredients, to packaging, everything is very meticulously done. They are very strict with product testings and handling to make sure of its efficacy and purity.

Manager of different departments joined us and explained the process of how they make the medicines we use in a simple way that we can understand. They were also very accommodating if we have questions or clarifications on the information that they share with us.

Medicines are checked individually for consistency.

Everything is well monitored, even the temperature to secure potency of the drugs.

Even the packaging takes careful handling to ensure everything is perfect.

After the tour, we had a chance to get together over a scrumptious lunch at Crisostomo's and a relaxing massage over at Indulgence Spa at Nuvali, Laguna.

Had a one hour relaxing massage. Great!

My curiosity on how medicines are made finally came to an end. After seeing the process and how meticulous and sanitized it was made, not to mention the assurance of efficacy for each and every one, I am more confident about the Unilab products I use at home. From facial care products to lotions to topical and oral medications, I am sure that what we use is clean and effective. Moreover, it's affordable and easy on the budget!

I would like to thank Ms. Rochelle Leonor Del Callar for the wonderful opportunity to visit Amherst Plant in Laguna and be in the company of great Mommy Bloggers as well. Most especially to Unilab for making quality, effective and affordable medicines and vitamins for every Filipino families!

Now, I'm thinking of pursuing a career in Medicine because I love how the laboratory gown feels and looks on me. LOL! :P

Next time you buy products from the Pharmacy, ask for a Unilab product and I'm sure you won't regret buying, kasi "UNILAB YAN!"

Good Vibes Everyone and Sweet Running!


Scott K. Johnson said...

Very cool! Thanks for sharing!

Michelle Manait said...

You're welcome Scott. Glad you found it interesting.

Anonymous said...

Hi! It's good to hear na pati mommy bloggers ay interested na rin sa drug manufacturing :D. I have a question though, I thought taking of pictures is not allowed inside the production area? I think this is common in almost all manufacturing labs? Hihi.Just asking. :D

Anonymous said...

Hello Michelle,

Can you provide me with a contact for this pharma company?

Thanks in advance,


Anonymous said...

They were allowed to take photos because this is UNILAB's publicity stint to get rid of generic medicines from India that is eating away the market share Ü

Ashleigh Vonne Dugay said...

hello mommy michelle,

Can I ask you the contact number of amherst laboratories? I had read your blog post and our group decided to visit amherst for our group presentation in management class. Can you help us? Thank you. :)