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Archive for November, 2009

More Breaks in the Supply Chain

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

If I read the recent theft news correctly, stealing pharmaceuticals and medical devices isn't netting much these days, yet people keep trying. Last week the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Western District of Washington charged two men with Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud and Engage in Interstate ...

Converters Adopt Cryptoglyph System

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Rondo-Pak (Norristown, PA) and Alcan Global Pharmaceutical Packaging are offering the Cryptoglyph security solution from AlpVision SA (Vevey, Switzerland). The solution helps reduce converters' costs by enabling covert marking using standard inks and printing processes. Users in the field can then quickly verify a package's authenticity using standard electronic devices. "We ...

How Super Glue Fooled Hospital Staff

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

A drug-addicted nurse who was convicted for stealing Demerol reportedly used super glue to cover up her tampering. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington state reported that Drea Lynne Gibson was sentenced to just over a year in prison for tampering with doses of Demerol at the surgical center where she ...

Untangling Drug Confusion

Monday, November 9th, 2009

I saw an interesting solution today for fighting medical errors. It has nothing to do with packaging, and only a little with labeling, so I doubt this is technology packaging professionals would employ. But it may give you some ideas for developing your own solutions to ongoing medical errors! Invented by ...

Another Look At Labeling

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Drug companies have gone to considerable lengths to meet FDA's newer labeling requirements of recent years. Yet the agency and others are still finding a lot of room for improvement in label content and distribution. Patients too often leave pharmacies without the manufacturer-supplied Med Guides required with certain prescription drugs, an ...

Packaging’s Role in MTM Still Evolving

Monday, November 9th, 2009

Healthcare reform efforts are still in the making. But so far, bills in the Senate and House of Representatives have clauses for medication therapy management (MTM) services, reports Anne Burns, vice president of professional affairs for the American Pharmacists Association (APhA). "We are excited that medication therapy management (MTM) services, ...

Medical Device Kits Duped Medicare: Can You Help Prevent Future Fraud?

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

The Department of Justice is doing some old-fashioned investigative work, and it is paying off big time. "During fiscal year 2008, the DoJ's efforts to combat health care fraud accounted for $1.12 billion in civil settlements and judgments," reported Tony West, assistant attorney general, before the U.S. Senate Committee on ...

Could FDA Use Your Help in Ensuring Safe Drug Use?

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

FDA announced its "Safe Use Initiative that Targets Preventable Harm from Medication Use" today. The agency seems to be casting a wide net, focusing on medical errors, intentional drug misuse, misdosing, drug contamination, as well as insufficient Consumer Medication Information, which we just wrote about today. After watching FDA Commissioner Margaret ...

Why the Rat Pack Isn’t Cool

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009

Congrats to Pfizer for the most shocking and memorable video on counterfeit medicine I think I have ever watched.  I won't spoil the surprise, so click here for a great post-Halloween jump. Says Pfizer of its initiative to encourage consumers to only purchase from legitimate Internet sites: "We are delighted to ...