Coding

A New Type of Color Coding

Using colors and shapes, a coding system seeks to ease high-volume product authentication.

One of the challenges of automatic product identification is identifying items at a rate that keeps pace with the needs of the supply chain. One company is promoting a new color-based solution for verifying the authenticity of large quantities of product all at once.

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Linx Displaying Coding Inkjet Printer at PACK EXPO

The Linx 7900 continuous inkjet printer features a web interface for remote monitoring and control.

Coding and marking specialist Linx Printing Technologies has unveiled the latest evolution in continuous ink jet printers.

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GS1 Healthcare US Names New Leader

GS1 US has appointed Siobhan O’Bara as vice president, healthcare. O’Bara is now responsible for setting strategy and ensuring achievement of operating results for GS1 Healthcare US, including supporting GS1 Standards implementation initiatives
across the U.S. healthcare industry, the standards organization reported in a press release. 

Achieving Necessary Control

The need for packaging line control as well as further collaboration among supply chain partners was emphasized during AIM Expo’s panel discussion, “Serialization in the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain: Lessons Learned and Remaining Challenges,” moderated by Bob Celeste, Director, Healthcare, GS1 US.

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Leading the Way

As most of the pharmaceutical industry waits for a federal requirement for track and trace or electronic pedigrees to supersede California’s e-pedigree law, two early adopters advance their pilots.

When it comes to implementing item-level serialization, most of the pharmaceutical supply chain seems to be waiting for FDA’s next move, or for California’s deadline for electronic pedigrees to get closer. Nonetheless, Purdue Pharma and Pfizer keep forging ahead. These two pharmaceutical manufacturers have been at the forefront of the pharmaceutical industry in piloting and adopting automatic identification technologies at the unit package level to combat counterfeiting and diversion.

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HISCI, HSCA Report on University of Arkansas Survey Examining Coding Adoption

The Healthcare Supply Chain Association (HSCA) and the Healthcare Industry Supply Chain Institute (HISCI) have released the results of an independent survey regarding industry adoption and integration of identification technologies used to track items in the healthcare supply chain. These include unique product identification and location codes such as Global Trade Item Numbers [GTINS] and Global Location Numbers [GLNs].

Did You Read Our Most Popular Articles from 2011?

As we celebrate the end of 2011, we'd like to take time to point out the year's top articles on www.pmpnews.com. Following are the articles published this year that drew the most page views.

1. Comfort In Parenteral Delivery

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Ink-Jet Printer

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Hapa Acquires Gottscho Printing Systems

Hapa has acquired Gottscho Printing Systems in an effort to create a single source for inline, in-house printing solutions for the pharmaceutical, medical, personal care, food, and FMCG industries. Hapa provides late-stage printing customization technologies, while Gottscho provides flexographic technologies. Both are known for providing on-demand printing technologies.

Standing Together to Meet Global Serialization Rules

Three companies unite to provide a powerful stand-alone platform.

A new system launched in Brazil at FCE Pharma is designed to offer a stand-alone solution to support different approaches to pharmaceutical product serialization. VisioCIT can handle either labeling or direct coding, reports Christoph Lehmann, director of Uhlmann VisioTec GmbH (www.visiotecamerica.com), which can position companies to meet Brazil’s pending rules as well as others around the world.

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