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Archive for September, 2010

Pharmacists Worry about Gray Markets

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices recently surveyed pharmacists and other healthcare practitioners about drug shortages, and the results are startling. These shortages often put patients at risk as they wait for needed doses, or they are given alternatives that could present a whole new set of risks. The survey spawned ...

Could Drug Take-Back Programs Be Taking Away from You?

Friday, September 24th, 2010

This Saturday (September 25) is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, and the Drug Enforcement Administration has organized collections at more than 3400 sites nationwide. The event is intended to give patients a safe means of disposing of unwanted drugs that minimizes the risk of those drugs reappearing in the ...

Cold Chain Show Features Pharma Innovation

Friday, September 24th, 2010

Day One of IQPC's 8th Cold Chain Distribution For Pharmaceuticals Global Forum featured reporting on upgraded packaging for extending shipment durations and removing packaging costs. Ben Romero, senior engineer, pharma and packaging development, Genentech, described an interim approach for upgrading traditional gel pack based systems with newer technologies. Systems using high performance ...

Update on Brazil’s Move toward Drug Serialization

Monday, September 20th, 2010

We thank Peter Schmitt, founder of Montesino Associates, for speaking in our Webcast, "UPDATE: Brazil Law 11.903 - An "Emerging" Regulation for Traceability & Serialization." Peter did a wonderful job of bringing attendees up to date on the law and the evolving proposals to meet it. You may have heard some ...

Health Reform Pilots Offer Proving Ground For Packaging

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Healthcare reform will create demand for innovative packaging that is cost-effectively manufactured, and yields therapeutic results, speakers said at the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council's Showcase event at Honeywell's Morristown, NJ campus on Wednesday.  "Patients are looking for compliance assistance, and pharmacists are cleared by the legislation for an expanded role. More ...

Just in Case Thieves Are Working this Labor Day

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

FreightWatch sent out some good holiday advice that I thought I would pass along to you. Dan Burges, CPP, director, global intelligence of FreightWatch, issued the following alert today via e-mail (in italics below) and gave me permission to share it with you: Event: Holiday Awareness Date: Labor Day Weekend Description: Shippers, manufacturers, ...

Don’t Shy away from a Brand-Protecting Label Change

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

While working on our next issue of Tracking & Tracing Pharmaceutical Products, we checked in with Huda Midani, business development manager, Schreiner ProSecure, Schreiner MediPharm L.P. about making a switch to a security label. I hear from many of you that changing packaging or labeling can often be challenging ...