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Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

Cardinal Health Bag Offers Easy, Consistent Opening

Friday, February 24th, 2012

FDA guidance and developing standards from ISO and AAMI/ANSI have shifted more attention to device and package designs that consider the needs of end-users and reduce the likelihood of human error. At Cardinal Health, the usability of product and packaging is formally considered as human factors in design are captured and ...

Westpack Panel Addresses Automation and Cost Control

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Packagers are under enormous pressure to reduce production costs without compromising product quality. Through upgrades in packaging machinery technology, peripheral equipment, and processes, manufacturers can improve production line efficiencies and reduce the errors that lead to product recalls and put consumers and patients at risk. Approaches for improving packaging line performance and ...

Big Mistake?

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

In our daily newsletter today, we shared a report of a substantial payout in a court case involving contaminated propofol vials. A jury had ordered Teva Pharmaceuticals and Baxter Healthcare Corp. to pay $104 million to a 71-year-old patient and his wife after he contracted hepatitis C reportedly after being ...

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 ...

Study Evaluates Impact of Pouch Size on Contamination

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

A first concern of nurses is avoiding contaminating the inside of sterile packaging when devices are flipped to a sterile field or handed off to the scrub nurse. At the Healthcare Packaging Immersion Experience organized by Michigan State University and Oliver-Tolas Healthcare Packaging, Tony Trier, a masters degree candidate at the ...

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 ...

Reduce End-User Confusion

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Doctors and nurses are often tripped up by product packaging and labeling, putting patients and themselves at risk, warns Dr. John Gosbee, Human Factors Engineering & Healthcare Specialist at Red Forest Consulting and University of Michigan Health System. Gosbee spoke at the Healthcare Packaging Immersion Experience, organized by Michigan State University’s ...

TEQ Teams With Spartan Design

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

TEQ (www.teqnow.com) has tapped the expertise of Spartan Design Group (www.spartandesigngroup.com) to help OEMs with their medical packaging system designs and conformance to EN/AAMI/ ISO 11607 Parts 1 and 2. Spartan will be advising customers in package system development in areas such as Sterile Barrier System (SBS) stability testing, package system ...

Streaming Green

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Earlier this year, AMERIPEN emerged in an effort to bring a "material-neutral" approach to sustainability in packaging. Founders include The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive, ConAgra Foods, The Dow Chemical Co., DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers, Kellogg Company, MeadWestvaco (MWV), Procter & Gamble, Sealed Air Corp., and Tetra Pak Inc. AMERIPEN is initially ...

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, ...