From the Editors' Desk

Johnson & Johnson to Acquire Alios BioPharma

Johnson & Johnson announced Sept. 30 a definitive agreement to acquire Alios BioPharma, Inc., a privately held clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing therapies for viral diseases, for approximately $1.75 billion in cash....

FDA takes steps to strengthen cybersecurity of medical devices

To strengthen the safety of medical devices, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Oct.1  finalized recommendations to manufacturers for managing cybersecurity risks to better protect patient health and...

Can Frustration-Free Packaging Help Protect the Sterile Field?

Maintaining hand hygiene is one of the most important steps healthcare practitioners can take toward reducing healthcare associated infections (HAIs). Hand washing and other universal precautions are widely encouraged, but did you know that packaging...

New Shipping Option for Single-Use Biopharmaceutical Bags

UFP Technologies has developed a customizable insulated shipping container for its BioShell Suspension Pack for protecting single-use biopharmaceutical bags during storage, handling, and shipping. 

Tuna Sava, Manager of BioPharm...

Flow-Wrap FFS Machine Manufacturer Celebrates 50th Anniversary

In 1964, Formost Packaging Machines took the radical step of packaging bread in polyethylene bags instead of traditional waxed paper despite resistance from the food industry. This year, as Formost celebrates its 50th anniversary, its role in the...

Recycling Plastics? Enter the Innovation in Plastics Recycling Contest

The 2014 awards program for Innovation in Plastics Recycling is now open for nominations. Organized by the Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the program honors North American companies, individuals, and government bodies (...

Growing Nutritionals Company Selects New Bottling Line

Experiencing tremendous growth upwards of 40%, nutritional supplement formulator and supplier Jarrow Formulas Inc. (JFI) is adding to its already extensive line up of products for bone and joint health, gastrointestinal and cardiovascular health,...

Collaboration and Partnerships Drive DNA Technology Use in Packaging

Hundreds of millions of folding cartons from DISC marked with ADNAS SigNature DNA exemplify industry partnerships in combatting counterfeiting of products in markets where authentication is crucial.

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Minivelle for Osteoporosis is the Smallest Estrogen Patch Ever

Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced Sept. 24 that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new indication with a new dose of Minivelle (estradiol transdermal system) for the prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis. The FDA initially...