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Archive for May, 2011

Can Chronic Conditions Be Managed Better with Special Packaging?

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Chronic illness certainly takes a toll on families and finances (I know this from my own family), so I don't doubt these figures one bit: According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, "treatment for people with chronic conditions accounts for more than 75% of the more than $2 trillion ...

Streaming Green

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Earlier this year, AMERIPEN emerged in an effort to bring a "material-neutral" approach to sustainability in packaging. Founders include The Coca-Cola Company, Colgate-Palmolive, ConAgra Foods, The Dow Chemical Co., DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers, Kellogg Company, MeadWestvaco (MWV), Procter & Gamble, Sealed Air Corp., and Tetra Pak Inc. AMERIPEN is initially ...

Expert Panels To Review Glass Flaking

Friday, May 20th, 2011

The recalls of last year related to glass particulates in parenteral primary packaging has focused attention on glass delamination. As Rx-360 has reported, the phenomenon, while well described in the literature, is not well understood. In a May 5 webinar (see archives) sponsored by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists--Glass ...

Are Counterfeiters Trying to Fly under the Radar?

Friday, May 13th, 2011

I saw FDA's warning today about counterfeit ExtenZe dietary supplements. FDA reports that the counterfeit product "looks similar to the actual product, but contains hidden ingredients that can cause serious harm to consumers." The agency analyzed the suspect products and determined that they "contain tadalafil, or a combination of ...

The Package Says Sterile but . . .

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Yikes! Here is a risk to stolen and diverted medical devices that I had barely considered. How about you? Nonsterile products! Today in our daily newsletter we reported on a story from the Star Tribune in Minneapolis that Boston Scientific Corp. has warned hospitals to look for endoscopic and urological medical devices ...