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Upping the Bar for Packaging: Up and Away

Friday, December 16th, 2011

I was intrigued to see packaging mentioned in the new child safety program promoted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other partners, Up and Away. The program is part of the PROTECT Initiative, with drug manufacturers, packaging suppliers, and ...

Consider the Point of Consumption

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

We often talk about making packaging more interesting at the point of sale (POS) to drive patient/consumer interest, but I just heard a better point for you to consider: the "Point of Consumption (POC)." Michael Nieuwesteeg, managing director of the Netherlands Packaging Centre (NVC), who joined me to co-moderate the ...

Expert Panels To Review Glass Flaking

Friday, May 20th, 2011

The recalls of last year related to glass particulates in parenteral primary packaging has focused attention on glass delamination. As Rx-360 has reported, the phenomenon, while well described in the literature, is not well understood. In a May 5 webinar (see archives) sponsored by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists--Glass ...

New Solutions Debut At Pharmapack

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

As presenters at Pharmapack 2011 offered their perspectives on the larger trends driving package design, companies and exhibitors announced packaging innovations and improved delivery systems. Attendees at the Paris venue learned of new bottle designs developed with consumer panels, intelligent blister packaging that underpins trials in telemedicine, and next generation nasal, ...

Still No Discussion of Packaging

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Today I came across two different stories on the emerging roles that pharmacists are playing in medication therapy management. We received a press release from the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) on its participation in the U.S. Senate Health Fair last week in Washington, DC, and later on ...

Could Patient-Centered Labels Spread beyond the Pharmacy?

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Today is the final day for comments on California's new prescription drug labeling requirements aimed to boost patient safety. Don't worry--they appear to target pharmacy-generated labels, not manufacturer-generated labeling--but I wonder how they ultimately could influence your labeling. The new rule drives a number of changes that would result in what ...

Do You know Where Your Packaging Materials Are?

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

McNeil Healthcare's 60-million-bottle recall shows that your responsibilities extend far beyond the package's walls. Since 2008, McNeil has received odor complaints regarding certain Tylenol products. In 2009, McNeil began recalling bottled OTC products after discovering that packaging may have been contaminated with a pallet pesticide. The recall now numbers 60 ...

Can Unit-Dose Packaging Keep Vicodin off Kids’ Back-to-School Shopping Lists?

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

This month the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the U.S. Department of Education released some pretty scary news just in time for back-to-school preparations. "The National Pharmaceutical Situation Report," presented by Joseph Rannazzisi, deputy assistant administrator, DEA's Office of Diversion Control, reports that "Vicodin/hydrocodone [is] second only to marijuana ...

I am a Forgetful Patient, Too

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Being the pharmaceutical-and-medical-device-packaging-focused editor that I am, you'd expect me to be a model patient. Turns out I am just as forgetful and lazy as the average patient. Recently prescribed a short course of antibiotics, I set out with all intentions of following my nurse practitioner's orders, armed with a lovely ...

Consensus Proposals to Obama Should Include Auto ID and Patient-Friendly Packaging

Monday, May 11th, 2009

President Barack Obama must have gotten an earful Monday. Several healthcare industry representatives converged at the White House today to discuss healthcare reform. Representatives from PhRMA, AdvaMed, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, and more were scheduled to participate. In a formal letter, the far-reaching group says it will ...