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Archive for the ‘Compliance Packaging’ Category

Packaging Clues Needed

Monday, March 19th, 2012

After counterfeit Avastin surfaced in February, the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) reminded nurses, pharmacists, and doctors to remain vigilant when procuring and dispensing medications. Packaging and labeling play key roles in that vigilance. But do you give these professionals enough clues to go by? In its March 8 newsletter, ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

Study Points To Value Of Calendar Packaging

Friday, June 24th, 2011

A study of patient refill behavior to be published this month in Clinical Therapeutics shows modest--but significant--adherence improvements in patients using calendar blister packaging (CBP). A Pharmacoepidemiologic Analysis of the Impact of Calendar Packaging On Adherence to Self-Administered Medications for Long-Term Use reports on an analysis of pharmacy claims data from ...

Can Chronic Conditions Be Managed Better with Special Packaging?

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Chronic illness certainly takes a toll on families and finances (I know this from my own family), so I don't doubt these figures one bit: According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, "treatment for people with chronic conditions accounts for more than 75% of the more than $2 trillion ...

Medicaid Compliance Study Shows Value of Packaging, Intervention

Monday, April 25th, 2011

A new study of patients in a community-based Medicaid program shows the benefit of a collaborative approach--one that involves packaging and personal outreach--for improving patients' persistence with their medications. Reported in last month's The American Journal of Geriatric Pharmacotherapy, the study evaluates the impact of Medicine-On-Time's medication management system on nursing ...

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 ...

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, ...

Package Design Firm Offers Money-Back Guarantee

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

One World DMG (Warren, N.J.) is encouraging pharmaceutical companies to choose the company to design and manufacture a custom compliance package and promises to deliver an increase of at least 6% in sales or the design company will refund all design fees, tooling costs, and testing expenses. The confident packaging ...