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USP Workshop To Focus On Common Approach For Supply Security

Friday, May 4th, 2012

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) has pulled together a broad swath of  stakeholders for a workshop this month on the complexities of protecting the supply chain. The May 22-23 event in Rockville, MD will feature regulatory officials from Europe, South American, and Africa, and coverage of developing track-and-trace standards, among other ...

Optel Vision Offers Webinars On Traceability

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Optel Vision is kicking off a three-month series of webinars on track and trace and serialization, featuring case studies on industry implementations. Three sessions will cover an introduction to track and trace, real use cases, and challenges in implementing serialization. Presented by Jean Pierre Allard, Optel Vision's serialization solution manager, each ...

US Pharmacopeia Takes Up Supply Chain Security

Monday, December 19th, 2011

The United States Pharmacopeia is placing supply chain security at the forefront with a new general chapter on best practices for ensuring supply chain integrity and protecting consumers from poor quality and counterfeit medicines. USP General Chapter <1083>, Good Distribution Practices-Supply Chain Integrity, with the recently published USP General Chapter <1079>, ...

GS1 Standards Pick Up Support

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

GS1 Healthcare standards are gaining traction. As the latest country to support GS1, India has called for serialized codes following GS1 data formats for exported pharmaceuticals. Most of the top pharmaceutical and medical device companies, wholesalers, and many hospital systems in the US have embraced GS1 Healthcare’s system for product ...

Live the Life of an IV Start Kit

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

This October 5-6, Michigan State University (MSU) and Oliver-Tolas Healthcare Packaging will once again host the Healthcare Packaging Immersion Experience (HcPIE), a unique program that simulates healthcare practitioners' experiences as they interact with packaging. In this year's program, attendees will be able to witness package use during simulated ambulance ...

Web Chat: More than One Million Pills Seized

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

FDA released its strategic goals and long-term objectives yesterday, covering food, drugs, medical devices, biologics, animal drugs, and tobacco. To no surprise, its plan for protecting public health includes supply-chain issues: Secure the global supply chain to ensure that drugs are being manufactured and distributed to conform to established quality standards. Improve ...

More Ways to Fight Medical Errors . . . and Yet We Still Need to Do More

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Today was a good day in the fight against medical errors. Yes, it should be a fight! In our daily newsletter today we reported that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is investing up to $1 billion in federal funding to launch the Partnership for Patients, a national ...

Brazil Looking for Global Input

Friday, March 18th, 2011

With its safety stamp on hold, Brazil is studying alternatives. Will the EU’s Falsified Medicines Directive or FDA’s hope for a national electronic pedigree system serve as potential models? Brazil has officially revoked its proposal to satisfy the requirements of its pharmaceutical safety law, leading some stakeholders to breathe a sigh ...

Can Unique Device ID Support Two Standards?

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010

The medical device industry is anticipating publication of FDA's proposed rule on unique device identification (UDI) in the first quarter. Then follows a one year review period, after which manufacturers will implement the finalized regulation to a time table based on product risk classes. The agency will require the coding of ...

Security Technologies Spark Change

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

As I prepare the focus for Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News's "Security Packaging" feature, which is slated for the magazine's January 2011 issue, a related blog worth mentioning crossed my desk. Maxiom Group (Waltham, MA) is a small life sciences consulting company that publishes a weekly blog, which just happens ...