Coding and marking specialist Linx Printing Technologies has unveiled the latest evolution in continuous ink jet printers.
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.
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.
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.
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].
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.
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.
Thermo Fisher Scientific (www.thermoscientific.com) is offering a solution that combines checkweighing with package marking in a single station. In the solution, Thermo Fisher engineers work with third-party suppliers to integrate marking and verification functions for track and trace with Thermo Scientific Versa Rx Pharma and Versa GP Pharma checkweighers.
In wedding the two functions, the solution supports a streamlined assembly line process and cost savings, says Volkert-Jan Hage, product manager, checkweighers, Thermo Fisher Scientific.