BD Diagnostics’ (Franklin Lakes, NJ) newly launched Microtube for Automated Process (MAP) improves safety, accuracy, and turnaround time of capillary blood collection and testing in patients with fragile veins. The BD Microtainer MAP tube is the first microtube to be fully compatible with most automated hematology instruments, reducing turnaround time and costs associated with sample transfer and relabeling.
Keller-Crescent Co. Inc., a Clondalkin Group Co., has acquired Lehigh Press. Located in Juncos, Puerto Rico, Lehigh Press manufactures labels, inserts, and outserts and other packaging components, mainly for the pharmaceutical and healthcare markets.
The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) and the American Association of Eye and Ear Centers of Excellence (AAEECE) are urging the end of a voluntary package color coding system for eye and ear products. According to AAEECE, color coding of certain ophthalmic medications may relate to medication errors.
CCL Label has launched digital printing at its Hightstown, NJ, facility for printing labels, shrink sleeves, and other products for the pharmaceutical market. The converter showcased its latest digital printer--an HP Indigo ws4500--at an open house for customers late last year.
USP is proposing a revision to General Chapter <1> regarding injections labeling of ferrules and cap overseals. The revision would limit printing on ferrules and caps to only those cautionary statements related to imminent threats of life-threatening situations. The proposal will appear in the January/February 2010 Pharmacopeial Forum; a preview of the revision can be found on USP’s Web site.
Cortegra Group Inc. (Fairfield, NJ) installs a Vijuk MV Large Format Folder in its Evansville, IN, facility. This purchase is in response to FDA's requirement for larger font sizes and additional prescribing information on packaging inserts to manage the risk of medical product use and reduce medication errors.
Has the scarcity of unit-of-use packaging hindered the distribution of medication guides? Could its prevalence increase if FDA develops a standardized document for written prescription information?
Securikett Ulrich & Horn GmbH (Austria) offers brand protection via complex labeling solutions aimed to fight counterfeiting. In June, Securikett won First Prize in the “Security” category at the international FINAT awards for its Sumitomo Void label, a tamper-evident seal for plastic bottles with high-ranking authentication features. The label was designed to protect Japan-based Sumitomo’s agricultural medicines in plastic bottles against tampering, refill, and counterfeiting in Turkey.
First Priority, a manufacturer of generic veterinary pharmaceutical products, implemented Global Vision's automated inspection solutions in an effort to reduce costs without compromising efficiencies and quality of their products.
First Priority previously spent significant amounts of time and manpower manually proofreading all labels, inserts, and secondary packaging. In addition, proofreaders had difficulty determining proper font sizes, transposition of characters, and foreign language spelling errors. Finally, they experienced inspector fatigue.
In 2004, Nosco launched a supply-chain initiative dubbed "Nosco On_Demand Solutions." The program set out to find ways to help manufacturers significantly compress supply-chain cycle time, reduce inventory, reduce obsolescence, improve service levels, and save money with digital offset package production. Turning to digital label production, Nosco has since converted thousands of SKUs to the digital process. These include labels with variable bar codes, RFID tags, and brand protection features.