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Basket Carrier Erector

Thu, 2016-11-17 15:40
By Line: Pat ReynoldsBasket Carrier ErectorFrom Wayne Automation Corp. comes the WBC Basket Carrier Erector, which is only 6 feet long and erects paperboard carriers in an upright position to simplify insertion into corrugated cases.

Integrated Multi-Lane Printer Serves Single-Serve Market

Thu, 2016-11-17 13:30
By Line: Anne Marie MohanIntegrated Multi-Lane Printer Serves Single-Serve MarketDiagraph's new Allen MLi-TE multi-head thermal-transfer printer, accommodating up to 12 printheads, replaces traversing technology or multiple coders for printing on single-serve sachets or stick packs, for faster speeds, reduced maintenance, and less cost.

PACK EXPO and Pharma EXPO Exceed Highest of Expectations

Thu, 2016-11-17 12:00

On the 60th Anniversary of its debut, PACK EXPO International and the co-located Pharma EXPO served as the world’s largest and most comprehensive processing and packaging show in 2016.

Largest show in history welcomes record number of exhibitors.

WSI Global: XpressPack Automatic Case Packer

Thu, 2016-11-17 10:00
 XpressPack Automatic Case Packer

WSI Global, a manufacturer of finishing equipment for the carton converting, liquid packaging, and corrugated industries, announces the XpressPack automatic case packer, specially designed to run high volumes of medium-to-large size cartons in a single-layer, single-row configuration.

Machine designed to run high volumes in a single-layer, single-row configuration.

HIV Tests Soon to be Available on USB Chips

Thu, 2016-11-17 09:30
HIV Test

A November 11thDenver Post article told of a revolutionary HIV test that comes on a USB drive. A team of scientists at the Imperial College London and DNA Electronics developed the disposable device that takes a drop of blood and measures the amount of the virus present before transmitting the information to a laptop or other device.

New USB HIV detection device allows patients to monitor virus levels in blood themselves with 95% accuracy.

Polpharma Implements PAS-X MES in Poland

Thu, 2016-11-17 09:18
Polpharma Implements PAS-X MES in Poland

Polpharma refers to itself as the largest Polish pharmaceutical manufacturer and among the top 20 global generic drug makers, specializing in preparations used in cardiology, gastroenterology and neurology, with over-the-counter medications representing a major part of its product mix.

The company is implementing Werum’s PAS-X MES (Manufacturing Execution System)
at its Starogard Gdański production plant in Poland. Polpharma manufactures a wide range of prescription drugs and pharmaceuticals for in-patient care.

Manufacturing Execution System will support efficient operations in the production departments for parenteral and solid forms as well as in R&D.

A wraparound labeler also orientates bottles for 'sideserts'

Thu, 2016-11-17 07:20
A wraparound labeler also orientates bottles for 'sideserts'The AUTOCOLT wraparound labeler from NJM Packaging applies a pressure-sensitive label to a pill bottle, then turns it to the precise position to accept a “sidesert” on the non-label area, applied in-line with hot melt glue.

How Might Trump’s Win Affect the Pharma Industry?

Wed, 2016-11-16 16:55
How Might Trump’s Win Affect the Pharma Industry?

The president-elect hasn’t taken office yet—predictions at this point are still highly speculative. But it is worth considering what potential changes may take place.

On today’s episode of Here & Now on NPR, Robin Young spoke briefly with Ed Silverman, a senior writer and Pharmalot columnist, about points to ponder with the soon-to-be administration:

Speculations swirl about what the election results mean in terms of regulations and finance in pharmaceuticals and med devices.Tags: politicspresident

New S.M.R.T. Pill Bottle Promotes Compliance

Wed, 2016-11-16 09:30
S.M.R.T. Bottle

Packaging World published a piece on the new S.M.R.T. Bottle, an innovative pill dispensing solution that connects to any smartphone for tracking and monitoring. The system can be designed for any bottle and implemented in existing filling lines without changing the sealing the process.

Amcor Rigid Plastics teams up with Confrérie Clinique to create the “electronic Pez dispenser” of drugs.

Healthcare Supply Chain Management Meets Just-in-Time Demands

Wed, 2016-11-16 08:42
Healthcare Supply Chain Management Meets Just-in-Time DemandsAn interview with Lee Pretsel, Group Vice President at CCL Healthcare, probes the value proposition of managing today’s just-in-time supply chain with connected ERP systems that help suppliers foresee demands, plan more efficiently and hold less inventory.

Tackling the Drug Supply Chain Security Act in 2017

Tue, 2016-11-15 10:45
GS1 US updates guidelines to help pharmaceutical manufacturers comply with new item-level traceability requirements. Tags: serializationtrack and trace

Two-Armed Collaborative Robot

Tue, 2016-11-15 10:38
By Line: Pat ReynoldsTwo-Armed Collaborative RobotAt its PACK EXPO booth, Kawasaki demonstrated an easy-to-teach dual-armed collaborative robot that can be wheeled into position wherever its services are required.

Next Generation Blood Collection and Separation Technology Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance

Tue, 2016-11-15 10:19
Next Generation Blood Collection and Separation Technology Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) announced that it received FDA 510(k) clearance for the BD Vacutainer® Barricor™ plasma blood collection tube (BD Barricor). The next generation blood collection and separation technology is designed to improve sample quality, help clinicians receive test results faster, and ultimately improve patient care and clinical efficiency.

A new BD plasma blood collection tube is now commercially available to improve laboratory efficiency.Tags: centrifugationlaboratoryblood collectionplasmaseparator

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.

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