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Archive for June, 2009

Tracking Pedigree Rules

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

The Buyer-Matheson bill has generated a lot of interest, and with good reason. Pharma, the wholesalers, the retailers, and FDA have reported discussions or close collaboration with the bill's sponsors on the pedigree legislation. Though its near-term prospects are uncertain given legislative focus on the economy, the bill is expected ...

Don’t Eliminate Redundancy!

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

FDA played enforcer today, seizing drugs made by Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories Ltd. While product cross contamination and inconsistent dosing were the significant issues, packaging and inspection were among the company's list of violations. According to last October's warning letter, Metformin HCI tablets were contaminated with metal, and the company explained ...

Thanks for the Discounts, But Pay Attention to Drug Noncompliance, Too

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

Peter Mayberry beat me to it: the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council applauds pharmaceutical industry discounts amounting to $80 billion for certain Medicare beneficiaries, but the group wonders why drug noncompliance is still being ignored. So do I! "Published research points to several key reasons why people don't take their prescription drugs ...

Intimacy (via Twitter)

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

I'd like to give a shout out to my fellow editor Christiane Truelove, editor-in-chief of Med Ad News and R&D Directions, who reported from the Healthcare Communication & Marketing Association's 2009 event last week, The Family. She shared speaker presentations via Twitter, and on Friday, in particular, my cell phone ...

Packaging Line Efficiency=Greener and More Competitive

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Several advance press releases for NPE 2009 are focusing on "earth-friendly" plastics and "sustainable" processes.  They also discuss "creating value" and "remaining competitive" in "difficult economic times." I am intrigued by these statements because we are in the midst of preparing for next week's "Sustainability 102" Webcast on Packaging Line ...

Labeling for Impact

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

For a customer looking to preserve billboarding space on sample packaging for a prescription drug, Carton Service-Packaging Insights (Norris, TN) has configured a line for placing two-piece, peel-off labels on the edge of the blister carton. The carton gluing and label application line features a Cognex vision system integrated with ...

No Hurt, So No Alert?

Monday, June 15th, 2009

I attended David Howard's impassioned session at MD&M East 2009 last week and immediately grew even more concerned about counterfeiting and diversion threats here in the United States. Almost halfway through his session, an audience member asked Howard whether the threats he was discussing were here in the United States or ...

06261974 Is Code for Happy Birthday

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

On Wednesday GS1 US celebrated the 35th anniversary of the Universal Product Code (UPC) bar code at its U Connect Conference in Orlando. The first live scan of a UPC took place in a Marsh Supermarkets store in Troy, OH, on June 26, 1974, when a cashier scanned a package ...

PVC Ban Bill in CA Won’t Affect You

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

California bill AB 1329," PVC Packaging," from California Assemblywoman Julia Brownley (D-CA: 41st assembly district), was amended yesterday to exclude the following packages from its definitions of rigid polyvinyl chloride packaging container and flexible polyvinyl chloride packaging container: (1) A container that encloses a dangerous drug, as defined in Section 4022 of ...

FDA’s New Look Left Something Out

Thursday, June 4th, 2009

Click on any of the FDA Centers' pages on the agency's Web site, and you'll find a new, (consumer) friendlier FDA. I have seen notes here and there about a Web site redesign, so it is finally here. I was excited to see that FDA updated its "Counterfeit Drugs" page. It ...