Innovative Compliance Designs Capture HCPC Honors

The 2009 Compliance Packages of the Year were announced by the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council at HCPC’s 18th Annual National Symposium on Patient Compliance. The awards consist of two categories: one for trade packages released in the past year and the other for innovative designs not yet used commercially.

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Health Reform Spurs Evaluation of Compliance Strategies

New pay and practice approaches will favor cost-effective treatments and packaging.

In expanding healthcare coverage—and driving pharmaceutical use and spending—the healthcare reform act includes policies for containing costs and testing new models of healthcare practice and payments.

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Engaging the End-User

Carton and label solutions aim for consumer convenience and address efficiencies in the pharmacy.

Labeling mandates that require more real estate, fierce competition for shoppers’ attention, and pharmacies’ preferences for efficient delivery of prescription information are among the factors that influence choices in cartoning and labeling.

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Dialing In Stable Packaging for Sensitive Drugs

Custom sorbent solutions target product degradation in drug and device combination products.

Drug and device combination products often require advanced desiccant solutions to prevent physical and chemical degradation of the drug and preserve efficacy on the shelf and through use by the patient.

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EMD Serono Builds Out Track And Trace Solution

The drug manufacturer has developed a global solution for track and trace to promote patient safety and to meet legislative mandates.

EMD Serono Inc.’s (Rockland, MA) development of secure supply-chain systems began in 2002 with pharmacist authentication of serialized packages of its human growth hormone drug Serostim.

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Actavis Deploys Laetus Inspection Solution On Liquid Fill Lines


By David Vaczek, Senior Editor

Actavis Inc. is implementing the Inspect wt (web technology) inspection solution from Laetus Inc. for 100% inspection on liquid filling lines at its Lincolnton, NC, manufacturing facility. With the solution, Actavis is expanding the inspection functions performed on its lines. The goal is improving product quality, says Jason Grai, senior packaging engineer, Actavis.

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Bearing Down On Defects

Packagers are looking to inspection systems for new functionality, and better process control.

As effective as end-of-the-line inspection solutions may be, in-process inspection provides cost and time saving advantages that manufacturers cannot afford to ignore. Easily scalable camera-based vision systems can be used at various stages of the packaging process, for example, to establish 100% inspection and improve process control.

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Addressing Combination Products

Drug and device combination products impose challenges for packaging and testing.

Combination products offer therapeutic benefits to patients and help caregivers deliver treatments more efficiently. These advantages are driving growth in areas such as respiratory drug delivery systems and prefilled syringes, while spurring innovation in formats such as transdermal patches.

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Networking For Data Sharing

In order to realize product security and business benefits from serialized bar codes, companies need to embrace interoperable solutions for capturing supply-chain events.
FDA’s approach for securing the drug supply chain was clarified last month when the agency issued final guidance on a serialized standard numerical identifier (SNI).
As with the agency’s draft guidance of January 2009, the agency said it should be viewed as recommendations and its current thinking on the topic.
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Pending Anti-Counterfeiting Legislation Makes Investment in Serialization Technology Imperative

By Frederic Menardo
General Manager Europe, Systech International 

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