Package Color Coding Called into Question

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 Adds Digital Press

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.

Imminent Labeling Changes for Injections

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 Purchases Vijuk Large Format Folder

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.

Could Unit-of-Use Packaging Deliver Standardized Prescription Drug Info to Patients?

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?

Tamper-Evident Label Protects Brands

Sophisticated security solution contests counterfeiting.

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.

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Global Vision Helps First Priority Reduce Costs in Tough Times

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.

A New Supply Chain Model: Digital Evolution Comes to Printed Packaging

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.

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Combining Coding with Labeling

A family of modular labeling solutions can apply labels and print Data Matrix codes to enhance package security.

Marchesini Group now offers international pharmaceutical companies packaging-line solutions for item-level serialization. Because of the growing interest in Data Matrix for encoding lot, expiry date, production factory data, etc., Marchesini offers a new labeling sytem that can also apply the space-saving codes.

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New Solutions Address Change

As packagers explore labeling alternatives, cartoner vendors fit advanced features into smaller spaces.

By David Vaczek
Senior Editor

FDA requirements for drug product labeling have created demand for larger inserts and expanded labels. Among recent guidance, the Med Guide requirement for prescription antidepressants was extended to include NSAIDs. As of 2007, packagers have added panels to bottle and pouch labels to accommodate warnings required on OTC pain-relief medications.

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