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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 ...

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 ...

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>, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Solving Shortages through Serialization

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) has surveyed pharmacists and purchasing agents on drug shortages and the "gray" market again, and the bad news is that we could have just reposted our blog on last year's survey and been just as timely. Hospitals continue to struggle with drug shortages, ...

Help Save George and Real-Life Patients in Emergency Situations

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

The role of a paramedic is to stabilize a patient in an emergency situation. Seconds count---so ask yourselves this question: Does your package ease emergency care, or get in its way? In just a couple weeks (October 5-6), Michigan State University (MSU) and Oliver-Tolas Healthcare Packaging will offer the chance to ...

Did You Tune in to “Trends in Orthopedic Device Packaging” Yet?

Monday, July 18th, 2011

We hope you were able to tune in to our Webcast, "Trends in Orthopedic Device Packaging." We thank our speakers Rod Patch, Sarah Grare, and Scott Hall for their efforts, our sponsors Beacon Converters, Multivac, Plastic Ingenuity, and Rollprint Packaging Products for supporting the event, and you, the audience, for ...

FDA: Reduce the Opportunity for Crime

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

During a policy forum held today in Washington, DC, the Pew Health Group introduced its report, "After Heparin: Protecting Consumers from the Risks of Substandard and Counterfeit Drugs." Referring to the heparin-contamination case as a "wake-up call" to supply-chain risks, Allan Coukell, Pew's director of medical programs, said that while ...

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 ...