From the Editors' Desk

Mold Prompts Hospira Recall, FDA Reports

FDA reports that Hospira Inc. is recalling one lot of Lactated Ringers and 5% Dextrose Injection, USP, 1000 mL, Flexible Container, NDC 0409-7929-09, Lot 35-118-JT, Expiry 1NOV2015. The product is packaged in 1000-mL flexible containers, one container...

Medication Management Solution Wins MDEA Silver Award

Strict regulations and standards guide the preparation of medication at hospitals, but unfortunately, these are not always followed. In the operating room, where procedures and decisions often happen rapidly, noncompliance is especially common and can...

ADHD Drug Approvals Highlight Gaps Between Pediatric Approval Process and Long-Term Safety Assessment

BOSTON, July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ Over the last 60 years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved 20 medications for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) based on clinical trials that were not designed to study their...

NASPO to Develop New Standards, Expand Training on Security Measures to Combat Counterfeits

The North American Security Products Organization (NASPO), an ISO and ANSI accredited standards developer, is developing new initiatives along with a rebranding strategy. NASPO Chairman Rick Ward stated in a press release that the organization is...

Envirotainer's RKN e1 Container Earns FAA Approval

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the RKN e1, an active heating and cooling container from Envirotainer. U.S. based airlines, and any other airline regulated by the FAA, can carry the RKNe1 container onboard their aircraft,...

Thermoform-Fill-Seal Machine Can Replace Tray Lidding Equipment

When a healthcare product packaging company asked potential suppliers for a thermoform-fill-seal machine that could process high-impact polystyrene, the initial answer was no. The material is typically too rigid for thermoform-fill-seal machines. But...

First Generic Transdermal Testosterone Gel Debuts in Three Convenient Configurations

Upsher-Smith Laboratories, Inc., Maple Grove, MN, announced July 2 the launch of Testosterone Gel (1%), the generic of the newly Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Vogelxo™ (testosterone) gel 1%, for topical use, CIII, and the first and...

Double-Sterile Barrier Packaging in Tube Format Wins Multiple Awards

Two tube packaging systems for medical implants have been recognized with multiple awards. The systems are unique because medical implants are usually placed in pouches or thermoformed packages, says Olivier Richart, CEO and President at Selenium...

Applying 8D Methodology to Recalls

The main goal of 8D methodology is to improve quality by eliminating the root cause of a problem. Recently...

Consider Smart Packaging for Patient Education

Patients managing chronic conditions are often self-administering therapy, so their success often rests upon how well they understand such therapy. Education is essential.

When it comes to educating patients, product labeling has...