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Archive for August, 2009

Counterfeit Needles Found in Europe

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

As industry and regulatory bodies mobilize to ensure the quality of imported products, the need for constant scrutiny and consumer reporting was highlighted last month when counterfeit syringe needles were discovered circulating in Europe. Novo Nordisk (Bagsvaerd, Denmark) is investigating what it describes as an extremely rare incidence of counterfeits of ...

With Delays Expected for H1N1 Vaccines, Could Contract Packagers Still Help?

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Packaging logjams are being blamed for an expected delay in H1N1 shipments this flu season.  Reports are that manufacturing capacity cannot keep up with vaccine production. But it is too late for vaccine manufacturers to order and install new filling lines to share the load. "New lines aren't realistic for this ...

Want to Save $290 Billion in Healthcare Expenditures?

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Healthcare reform debates continue to heat up, and the town hall meetings are getting plain ugly. But President Obama isn't phased. "We are not going to give up now. We are going to get this done, and show the American people that govt can work for them," the president tweeted ...

Can Unit-Dose Packaging Keep Vicodin off Kids’ Back-to-School Shopping Lists?

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

This month the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the U.S. Department of Education released some pretty scary news just in time for back-to-school preparations. "The National Pharmaceutical Situation Report," presented by Joseph Rannazzisi, deputy assistant administrator, DEA's Office of Diversion Control, reports that "Vicodin/hydrocodone [is] second only to marijuana ...

Pharma Firms Implement Air Freight Screening

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

With deadlines pressing for 100 percent screening of cargo on passenger aircraft, pharma firms have organized to establish the cargo screening at their own facilities. Companies including Pfizer are seeking certification as Certified Cargo Screening Facilities (CCSFs), a program set up by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to alleviate the ...

In Remembrance: Carl Marotta and Eva Gottscho

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Today we posted a news story about the sad passing of Carl Marotta, longtime former owner of Tolas Healthcare Packaging (Feasterville, PA). A few weeks ago we also shared the sad news about the passing of Eva Gottscho, former owner of Adolph Gottscho Inc. PMP News has worked closely with both ...