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Lepel Corp.: Extended Range Control Feature

Tue, 2016-11-15 10:18
 Extended Range Control Feature

Lepel Corp., a global maker of induction cap sealing equipment and the world’s first self-cooled induction cap sealer, added extended range control as a standard feature to its model CS+200SS and CS+350SS Capsealers.

External range control ensures reliable seals by automatically adjusting sealing energy to compensate for line speed fluctuations. There are a total of 8 ranges.

The new external program mode will be selected from the menu in the user interface and will have the following features:

For its model CS+200SS and CS+350SS cap sealers, the control ensures reliable seals by automatically adjusting sealing energy to compensate for line speed fluctuations.

Wroclaw Hospital Safeguards Cytostatic Drug Transport

Tue, 2016-11-15 09:35
NFC-enabled isothermal box for transporting cytotoxic drugs.

Aimed at killing cancer cells, cytostatic drug medications used by the Independent Clinical Hospital in Wrocław, Poland must remain within a specific temperature range between the laboratory and transport within the care facility. Storage conditions are crucial to successfully transporting drugs or biological material, where even minor temperature variations can cause substances to deteriorate.

NFC-enabled data loggers, isothermal containers help monitor and maintain temperature-sensitive drugs during transport for the Independent Clinical Hospital in Wrocław, Poland.

Studies Suggest Supplements are Frivolous

Tue, 2016-11-15 09:30
What's the difference?

A recent New York Times piece referenced several studies that suggest supplements have little value. The passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act in 1994 allowed companies to bring supplements to market without submitting evidence that the actually work to the FDA. As long as the products are promoted as “supporting” health, they’re good to go.

Over half the adult population takes one or more supplement, but do they actually do anything?

New by-laws spotlight PMMI's globalization

Tue, 2016-11-15 08:37

An industry leader in packaging for more than 80 years, PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, redefined its by-laws, reaffirming its vision as the global resource for the processing and packaging supply chain. Updating membership by-laws positions PMMI to properly keep pace with an ever-evolving and growing marketplace through its inclusion of more industry contributors.

Updated membership requirements mirror evolution of global manufacturing.

CSP Technologies, Inc.: Activ-Seal™ Closures

Mon, 2016-11-14 15:48
 Activ-Seal™ Closures

Incorporate gas scavenging technology built directly into an induction-sealed, tamper-evident screw cap.

HDA Surveys Show Promising DSCSA-Ready Results

Mon, 2016-11-14 15:12

The Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA, formerly HDMA) presented the results of its Pilot Study for Saleable Returns, which recommended two scenarios that would help pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors comply with requirements set forth by the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). The recommendations were presented at HDA’s recent Traceability Seminar in Washington, D.C.

Pilot Study for Saleable Returns recommends two scenarios to help with compliance. Meanwhile, majority of manufacturers say distributors will start to receive serialized products before the Nov. 27, 2017 DSCSA deadline.

1.3 Million Birth Control Pills Recalled

Mon, 2016-11-14 09:30
Gildess Packaging

A recent FiercePharma article discussed a massive Class III voluntary recall of Endo’s Gildess birth control. The recall began in September, but was only recently included in the FDA Enforcement Report. The tablets, a combination of norethindrone acetate and ethinyl estradiol, were manufactured in Ontario by Patheon and recalled for being subpotent.

Endo recalls 162 lots of subpotent birth control pills manufactured by Patheon.

MG2: Pharma Zone Cleanroom Chambers

Fri, 2016-11-11 11:35
 Pharma Zone Cleanroom Chambers

A cleanroom, or white chamber, is an environment designated as a laboratory, whose main characteristic is the presence of pure air, featuring a very low level of suspended dust micro-particles. It is a controlled atmosphere chamber (atmospheric pressure and particle pollution) dedicated to test products requiring a high isolation level.

Three cleanroom chambers for pharmaceutical provide a safe working environment and can be used to increase the range of feasible tests.

Bell and Howell Event Aims to Help Pharmaceutical Companies Navigate DSCSA

Fri, 2016-11-11 11:03

The Drug Supply Chain Security Act, part of the Drug Quality and Security Act signed by President Obama in 2013, demands error-free serialization and tracking of pharmaceutical products throughout the entire supply chain. In November 2017, pharmaceutical manufacturers will be expected to comply with item-serialization requirements, with requirements for repackagers to follow in 2018.

Company hosting Southeast Traceability & Serialization Forum Nov. 17. Agenda includes updates from Excellis Health and the Healthcare Distributor Alliance.

IGBressan’s Magic Folding Boxes

Fri, 2016-11-11 07:00
Tamper Evident Box (left) and Child Resistant Box (right)

Italy’s IGBressan debuted three innovative boxes at Pack EXPO that focus improving safety, lowering the impact on the pharmaceutical industry, and adding value to products.

Italy’s IGBressan has three new and unique box designs for child resistance, tamper evidence and recreational marijuana.

Lieutenant Governor Tours PACK EXPO

Thu, 2016-11-10 13:03

PACK EXPO International is the largest processing and packaging trade show in the world in 2016, with over 2,100 exhibitors. The trade show draws attendees from more than 130 countries to explore and view product demonstrations, while learning about the latest technologies in processing and packaging equipment.

CHICAGO – Illinois Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti today toured the 60th PACK EXPO International at McCormick Place, visiting the booths of six companies.

Practical Advice for Serialization Implementation

Thu, 2016-11-10 10:36
Practical advice for serialization implementation

If your company doesn’t have top management executive-level commitment to achieving DSCSA/serialization compliance, you are doomed.

That opinion from Steve Peterson, Principal, Peterson Group LLC, was shared during a panel discussion on serialization during the Nov. 9 ISPE ( Compliance Trends Track during Pharma EXPO (

Tips to meet compliance challenges and insights into what might occur after November 2017’s deadline.

Placebos Work, Even When Taken Knowingly

Thu, 2016-11-10 09:30
Placebo Effect

A November 4thHospiMedica article added a strange twist to the placebo effect: it doesn’t have to be a secret to work. Researchers at Boston’s Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center found that patients who knowingly took a placebo in addition to standard treatment experienced less pain than patients who received the treatment alone.

New study shows patients experience less pain when knowingly taking placebos with their normal treatment.

Meeting looming pharma serialization requirements with off-the-shelf technology

Wed, 2016-11-09 16:59
A high-speed case packer has been outfitted with serialization equipment for aggregation with less integration time.

If you’re concerned about your pharmaceutical serialization efforts, you’re certainly not alone. Despite the limited time left meet upcoming 2017 serialization mandates, industry experts and organizations such as the European Medicines Verification Organisation (EMVO) continue to convey apprehension that companies are not ready for serialization and Falsified Medicines Directive mandates.

A high-speed case packer has been outfitted with serialization equipment for aggregation with less integration time.

Robotic Cartoning

Wed, 2016-11-09 12:42
By Line: Pat ReynoldsRobotic CartoningRotary cartoner from ADCO features a collaborative robot from Universal Robots. Especially suitable for repetitive-motion picking and placing applications.

High-Speed Marking & Coding

Wed, 2016-11-09 10:48
By Line: Pat ReynoldsHigh-Speed Marking & CodingVideojet's Model 7610 fiber laser marking system is a 100-watt marking and coding solution that is especially suitable for high-speed operations in a variety of applications.

An Intelligent Bottle System Monitoring Dosing for Effective Drug Compliance

Wed, 2016-11-09 10:39
Amcor SMRT Bottle

Amcor Rigid Plastics has collaborated with Netherlands-based Confrérie Clinique, a leader in smart packaging solutions, to develop an innovative pill dispensing system that delivers drug compliance, user friendliness, child and senior citizen safety, and connection to any smartphone for easy tracking and monitoring.

Amcor Rigid Plastics and Confrérie Clinique Collaborate on unique electronic pill dispenser that promotes compliance.

Investors Sue Over Botched Libido Drug Marketing

Wed, 2016-11-09 09:30

When Sprout Pharmaceuticals sold to Valeant, their investors were counting on royalties from Addyi, the controversial women’s libido drug. A FiercePharma article says the disgruntled investors are now suing Valeant, saying they mispriced and under-marketed the drug.

Sprout Pharma says Valeant didn’t make good on their marketing promise of female libido drug Addyi.

Serialization: A Personal Perspective

Tue, 2016-11-08 17:25
Optel Vision's Mario Simard (at podium) and Steve Peterson co-presented "Serialization-Regulatory Compliance" on Tuesday, Nov. 8

Think of serialization and it’s easy to focus on compliance deadlines, or what equipment to buy, or what software to use, etc. But Steve Peterson sees serialization in a very personal way.

With the U.S. serialization deadline only a year away, it’s important to realize how crucial compliance is, especially for patients whose lives may depend on the very medications requiring serialized codes.

Serialization: A Personal Perspective

Tue, 2016-11-08 17:23
With the U.S. serialization deadline only a year away, it’s important to realize how crucial compliance is, especially for patients whose lives may depend on the very medications requiring serialized codes.