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Archive for June, 2010

Save Steps

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

We received some valuable feedback on our Webcast, "Ensuring Sterile Barrier System Success." I wanted to share it with you because it rightly associates "user friendliness" with "sustainability." Daphne, This is a great presentation. It gave me a good idea of what the sponsors are doing to work with their customers to ...

They May Not Be Fakes But . . .

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Perusing the California State Board of Pharmacy's Web site, I came across a memo on pharmacies investigated for filling prescriptions for Web site operators. If these prescriptions are not backed up by an appropriate prescriber exam, these "pharmacies are facilitating the illegal distribution of prescription drugs from the Internet," the ...

Another Threat You Need to Track: Falsified APIs

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

While drug counterfeiting is considered by many to be a significant worldwide problem, there could be an even bigger one looming: falsified active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). Today Rx-360 Board Member and Hovione CEO Guy Villax called the threat of falsified APIs an "iceberg." He spoke in the Webcast, "To What ...

DANGER: Patients Misinterpret Directions, Need Clear Labeling

Monday, June 21st, 2010

What are some of the challenges you face when designing labels and cartons to reduce the risk of medication errors? FDA wants to know, and pretty soon. By the end of FY 2010, the agency is scheduled to publish draft guidance "describing practices for naming, labeling, and packaging drugs and ...

Smart Card Helps Track Outpatient Distress

Friday, June 18th, 2010

A leader in extending hospital care into the home, Meridian Health is enhancing its home -based services with its agreement to use the Memori card from Stora Enso. The smart card will be used with Meridian's electronic Health Journal for outpatient pain monitoring.  Patients will use the diary format card in ...

What Can Packagers Do to Fight Online Fakes?

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Can patients really still be falling for rogue pharmacies? And if so, what should you be doing to prevent drug sales from such sites from putting patients at risk? FDA today warned consumers about a “generic Tamiflu” sold over the Internet. Not only is there no such FDA-approved generic Tamiflu, but ...

Packaging Should Be Used to Improve Health Literacy

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

How important is health literacy to patient outcomes? I found an interesting blog post on this topic on Twitter courtesy of @JNJComm, aka Marc Monseau. The blog was written by Scott C. Ratzan, MD, MPA, Vice President, Global Health, Government Affairs & Policy, Johnson & Johnson. "The way people interact ...

Are You Ready for the 100% Cargo Screening Mandate?

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

I listened to an informative roundtable  courtesy of American Airlines Cargo on the upcoming 100% Air Cargo Screening Mandate, which becomes law on August 1, 2010. All cargo to be shipped on passenger airplanes will need to be screened before it is loaded. The law is to "ensure the safety ...