Althea Expands Service Offering to Packaging and Labeling Through a Co-Marketing Agreement With Sherpa Clinical Packaging

Althea Technologies Inc. announced today that it has extended its service offering to include labeling, packaging, storage, and distribution of drug and biological products through its co-marketing partner, Sherpa Clinical Packaging. Sherpa, founded in 2011, is located adjacent to Althea's clinical and commercial-scale biologics and drug product manufacturing facilities.  The proximity of the facilities to one another simplifies supply chain logistics for clients of each organization.

Reducing Error, and Paper

A software provider claims that its system can cut rejects by 84%.

As sophisticated as medical device manufacturing technology is these days, in-house labeling information systems at some locations may be lagging behind. One maker of orthopedic devices, for instance, relied solely on paper to document labeling changes, updates, and approvals, amounting to nearly 20,000 sq ft of filing cabinets of paper, reports Matt Warren, technical solutions engineer for VIA Information Tools ( In such voluminous paper-based environments, updates can get overlooked, and accountability may be hard to trace.

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DISC Adds Executive to Focus on Specialty Packaging

DISC, formerly known as Disc Graphics, hires Kevin Shesh, who brings a strong background in specialty packaging for the entertainment and media market, both in terms of sales and technical expertise.

“We are very pleased to welcome Kevin to the company,” says Margaret Krumholz, president, DISC. “His knowledge and experience in specialty packaging will greatly enhance our ability to continue our growth in this segment of our business.”

Tech Corner: Unexpected Turn of Events

A leachable’s presence changes one company’s label choice but may have wider implications.

While studying drug compound stability for one of its customers, Metrics Inc. scientist Deanna Williamson found an unexpected leachable on one drug product: methylbenzophenone, a chemical commonly used as a photoinitiator in UV light-cured varnishes for labeling. Her discovery has since raised questions about the use of this particular label-and-bottle combination as well as the need for greater testing sensitivity when analyzing drug stability.

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Avery Dennison Increases Capacity at Pune Facility

As brand labeling plays an increasingly important role in South Asian consumer purchasing decisions, Avery Dennison is increasing its commitment to grow the Indian packaging industry. The country's leader in labeling and pressure-sensitive material production, Avery Dennison is once again expanding capacity and production of pressure-sensitive materials for labeling and packaging at its state-of-the-art plant in Pune.

Labeling Change Warns About Possible Long-Term Osteoporosis Drug Risk

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns patients and healthcare providers about the possible risk of atypical thigh bone (femoral) fracture in patients who take bisphosphonates, a class of drugs used to prevent and treat osteoporosis. A labeling change and Medication Guide will reflect this risk.

New Film Label from Avery Dennison Increases Labeling Space

Avery Dennison Corp. has introduced a new labeling option intended to give package designers the ability to create more distinctive packaging shapes. 

Avery Dennison’s Curve Appeal is a patent-pending system employing special Fasson Curvy film labels that work together in a machine application process, the company shared in a press release. This system can accommodate complex curved surfaces more so than other current labeling processes, Avery Dennison claims.

Millions of Needle-Trap Labels Distributed

Schreiner MediPharm, a Germany-based global provider of specialty pharmaceutical labeling solutions, announces the successful international market entry of its Needle-Trap label.

Designed to help prevent accidental needlestick injuries from disposable syringes, the Needle-Trap system was launched two years ago. To date, millions of Needle-Trap labels have already been distributed, the firm reports in a press release.

UPM Raflatac Renews Digital Labelstock Family for HP Indigo Technology

UPM Raflatac is introducing several high-quality paper and film labelstocks certified for use with the HP Indigo WS6000 digital press. Submitted under the HP Indigo Media Certification program, these stocks also work with the HP Indigo WS2000 press and the WS4000 family of presses.

Providing Volumes of Information in a Pouch

Lauraville Packaging LLC (Syracuse, NY) exhibited its solutions at EastPack for encapsulating flat items such as booklets, pamphlets, and others into adhesive-backed pouches for application to flat packages. The filled pouches, which can be provided in rolls or fan folded in cartons, can be applied by a label applicator to packaging.

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