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What About Wool?

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Almost all packaging devised for transporting temperature sensitive product relies on the unique thermal properties of water (H20) to keep product at required temperature. Is sheep's wool another naturally occurring miracle substance for imparting performance attributes to packaging? The Wool Packaging Company Ltd (WPC) (www.thewoolpackagingcompany.com), based in sheepy Shropshire, UK, is ...

ANVISA Publishes Comments on Future Direction of Its Serialization Law

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

In December, Brazil's ANVISA indicated that implementation of Law 11.903/2009 (Serialization / Traceability) is changing. Comments published on ANVISA's Web site imply that the controversial provision for security labels printed by the Brazilian Mint (Casa do Moeda) established in RDC 59 and in subsequent normative instructions will be replaced by ...

Combination Product Challenges

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

As combination products and co-packaged medical products evolve, there is a shift toward high-quality products that ensure safety and ease-of-use for consumers and healthcare professionals alike. Parenteral product companies are developing pre-filled syringes with superior safety features; pharmaceutical companies in the inhaled space are designing devices and patient-friendly packaging that ...

Is Serialization on Hold in Brazil?

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Peter Schmitt, who spoke in a PMP News Webcast last September on Brazil’s pending serialization law, has told PMP News that ANVISA chief executive, Dirceu Raposo de Mello, resigned January 5, 2011. In the wake of that resignation, Brazil’s Minister of Health Alexandre Padilha has called for a study on ...

Health Reform Pilots Offer Proving Ground For Packaging

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Healthcare reform will create demand for innovative packaging that is cost-effectively manufactured, and yields therapeutic results, speakers said at the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council's Showcase event at Honeywell's Morristown, NJ campus on Wednesday.  "Patients are looking for compliance assistance, and pharmacists are cleared by the legislation for an expanded role. More ...

Tackle Labeling Errors, One Product at a Time

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

FDA's meeting last month on developing packaging, labeling, and naming guidance to reduce medication errors focused largely labeling, no doubt because many errors occur when users are identifying products and reading instructions. FDA pulled together a diverse group of healthcare professionals who provided valuable input on the challenges, so please ...

Save Steps

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

We received some valuable feedback on our Webcast, "Ensuring Sterile Barrier System Success." I wanted to share it with you because it rightly associates "user friendliness" with "sustainability." Daphne, This is a great presentation. It gave me a good idea of what the sponsors are doing to work with their customers to ...

Packaging Should Be Used to Improve Health Literacy

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

How important is health literacy to patient outcomes? I found an interesting blog post on this topic on Twitter courtesy of @JNJComm, aka Marc Monseau. The blog was written by Scott C. Ratzan, MD, MPA, Vice President, Global Health, Government Affairs & Policy, Johnson & Johnson. "The way people interact ...

Larger the Package, Larger the Liability?

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

A jury has found Teva Parenteral Medicine and Baxter Healthcare Services partially liable in a lawsuit filed by Henry and Lorraine Chanin, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal. We shared the case yesterday in our daily newsletter, and our sister publication Pharmalive.com shared the jury's decision today. The case claimed that Henry ...

Mount an Aggressive Attack on Fraud with Supply-Chain Visibility

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

I left a message at the White House for Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer about his blog today on Health Reform. He wrote that the health reform law will strengthen Medicare "by taking aggressive new steps to fight waste, fraud, and abuse within the system." Fraud itself could amount to $60 billion ...