From the Editors' Desk

FDA Announces Voluntary Nationwide Recall of All Non-Expired Sterile Drugs from Unique Pharmaceuticals

 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is alerting health care professionals and consumers of a voluntary recall of all non-expired drug products produced for sterile use by Unique Pharmaceuticals Ltd., of Temple, Texas.

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Avanir Pharmaceuticals Receives FDA Acceptance of IND for AVP-786 for the Adjunctive Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder

Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Aliso Viejo, CA, announced July 21 that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted the company's Investigational New Drug (IND) application for a Phase II study assessing the safety and efficacy of AVP-786,...

Boston Scientific's New Tear Tab Transforms User Experience

For years, Boston Scientific Corp. (BSC) has employed closure strips on its shelf cartons, allowing the medical device manufacturer and other stakeholders to identify which items could be restocked for later reuse. (Restocking is a common occurrence...

Medical Plastics Material Expands Elongation of Pouches

Pouches are a standard packaging format in the healthcare industry, but some pouches are easy to break or puncture, which can result in significant risk for patients. Dennis Siepmann, Business Development Manager at Actega, says that using a film made...

IV Solutions Recalled after Particulates Found

FDA reports that Baxter International Inc. is voluntarily recalling four lots of intravenous (IV) solutions after particulate matter was found and identified as cellulosic fibers and/or plastics. Baxter received four complaints over a period of six...

ASTM International Approves New Committee, Packagers Encouraged to Participate

Packaging professionals have another reason to get involved in ASTM International. In June, the ASTM board of directors approved the formation of a new committee, E62 on Industrial Biotechnology, formed by professionals from the medical and...

Inventive examples of smarter compliance packaging

July 3 was a banner day for smarter pharmaceutical and medical packaging when two patents were published that leverage technology to improve patient compliance and consumer safety. One was for a Smart Label container and the other for an RFID-enabled...

The Right Place supports creation of 45 medical device jobs in West Michigan

Regional economic development organization The Right Place, Inc., Grand Rapids, MI, along with its local and state partners, announced July 16 a new West Michigan economic development project that will bring 45 new jobs and nearly $3.39 million to the...

Pharma Contract Packager Reed-Lane Adds Capacity to Run More than 100 Million Bottles a Year

Contract packager Reed-Lane has increased its warehouse space by 30% at its existing 132,000-sq-ft facility in Wayne, NJ. The warehouse expansion will support an increase in overall production, expected thanks to a new bottling line.

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