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End-Users Evaluate Device Packaging at HcPIE

Medical device packagers received firsthand insights on the preferences and concerns of healthcare personnel at the Healthcare Packaging Immersion Experience (HcPIE) event held in October at Michigan State University.
As doctors, nurses, and a paramedic performed simulations in fast-paced care environments, packaging as often as not presented obstacles, as packages were not opened as designed and labels went unread.
Areas to improve packaging for easier use and to enable better o
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Insights From the UPS "Pain In the (Supply) Chain' Survey

Healthcare executives view compliance with regulations as top concern.
As companies forge into new markets, IT investment and cost management strategies are leading priorities, the UPS Pain in the (Supply) Chain survey finds.
Healthcare executives for the third year in a row cite regulatory compliance as their leading supply chain concern, trumping supply chain issues of cost and product security, according to the sixth annual UPS “Pain in the (Supply) Chain” survey.
And for the first time product security surpasses cost management as th
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Unique Coding, Over the Years

Over the years, PMP News has been tracking the need for product coding at item levels. In “Cutting Edge Coders” from the October 1995 issue, for instance, then features editor Jennifer Reid Holman wrote that “the latest computer-operated printers—including new models of thermal-transfer coders, ink jets, and laser coders—offer more variability.
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Preparing For A New Traceability Law

A national law provides a phased-in approach leading to the electronic tracking of uniquely-coded packages.
 
By David Vaczek, Senior Editor
The pharmaceutical supply chain will be reevaluating plans and investments for tracking product with the passage of H.R.
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20 Years of Transport Packaging

Growth of temperature-sensitive product, extended shipping lanes, and regulation have driven transport packaging innovation.
By David Vaczek, Senior Editor
Whether product is shipped directly to patients’ door steps or to distribution warehouses halfway across the globe, packaging has to be designed and tested to withstand the transportation stresses of handling and climate. Transportation packaging has evolved to protect longer-duration shipments as pharmaceutical and medical device companies have expanded to new markets.
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20 Years of OTC Packaging

As self-treating consumers reached for more product in the OTC aisle, manufacturers rethought packaging for competitive advantage
 
By David Vaczek, Senior Editor
Pharmaceutical companies’ strategic goals and the trend toward consumer self-medication have been the predominate influences driving an emphasis on OTCs and innovative packaging.
As patients have taken more active roles in their healthcare, drug companies used packaging to provide them with the information they sought to find.
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20 Years of Inspection

Packagers improve quality assurance, productivity with automated inspection.
 
By David Vaczek, Senior Editor
In life science packaging, quality is the first priority, outweighing even economic considerations.
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Inspection Milestones

1993—Color inspection systems from scanware are integrated onto U.S.
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PCI Builds Out Cold Chain, Serialization Capacity

Packaging Coordinators Inc.
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Packaging Reliably with Form-Fill-Seal

Machines feature advanced systems for forming and sealing with integrated vision toward ensuring product quality and production output goals.
Implementing thermoform-fill-seal (FFS) machinery as an alternative to manual filling and sealing is a complex undertaking. Medical device companies planning automation with FFS must at the outset establish their current and future capacity requirements.
The suitability of new primary package and secondary packaging for devices will be evaluated.
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