Ohio Drug Company Closing, 1,100 Jobs To Be Lost

More than 1,000 jobs will be lost when a drug manufacturer in northeast Ohio stops production this year, the Associated Press reported.

Smart Cameras Lead to Serialization Success

One vendor’s integrated solution aims to help pharmaceutical packaging operations avoid counterfeiting affordably, effectively and simply.

Manufacturers concerned about the proliferation of counterfeit drugs are working to implement serialized packaging to support full traceability, product integrity, supply-chain security and patient safety. Conventional serialization solutions multiplex cameras from an industrial PC to distribute vision at multiple points on the production line. Maintenance and validation can be expensive because of the need to deal with a complex operating system and custom software.

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Resource Maintenance Software to Aid Manufacturers in Preventing Recalls

Valdata has launched a campaign to help manufacturers and pharmaceutical packaging partners to manage maintenance and avoid recalls.

In light of the increasing number of manufacturer recalls, Valdata Systems has launched a campaign focusing on educating manufacturers on ways to ensure proper maintenance of equipment and prevent future recalls.

Valdata has developed an integrated set of modules within its Chemical Management System (“CMS”) which enforcesresource maintenance rules. The result is a higher level of protection from quality issues resulting in product recalls.

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Medline Expands Georgia Manufacturing Facility

The expanded facility near Atlanta, intended to produce incontinence products and packaging, will add 150 jobs.

Hospira Medical Device Facility Receives FDA Warning

Agency inspectors issued a warning after inspecting a medical device manufacturing facility in Costa Rica.

Hospira Inc. said Tuesday it received a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration based on a recent inspection of a medical device manufacturing facility in Costa Rica.

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OSO BioPharmaceuticals Invests $5 Million in New Equipment, Infrastructure

The company has implemented various equipment and building improvements, including a rolling diaphragm pump filling suite from Bosch.

OSO BioPharmaceuticals Manufacturing LLC is investing more than $5 million in equipment and infrastructural improvements that include a new Grade A aseptic filling suite for liquid, suspension and lyophilized products.

The rolling diaphragm pump filling suite, manufactured by Bosch, comes equipped with optional rotary piston and peristaltic pumps. It will function at 115 percent of the previous line’s capacity, increasing the speed and efficiency with which OsoBio can deliver drug products to clients.

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Omega Design Sponsors Students’ Packaging Tech Project

The company supported a team of mechanical engineering students from the University of Delaware on developing innovative pharma packaging technology.

Following a successful semester-long project, a team of four senior Mechanical Engineering students from the University of Delaware recently presented their Adjustable Bottle Transfer System to Omega Design Corporation, a global provider of innovative packaging machinery and serialization solutions and the worldwide leader in bottle unscrambling technology.  Omega sponsored the team’s Fall 2011 Senior Project, designed to give students real-world career experience prior to graduating.

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QS Pharma to Produce OSTORA for Tarsa Therapeutics

The pharmaceutical manufacturing and packaging company will produce OSTORA tablets, which treat postmenopausal osteoporosis.

Tarsa Therapeutics today announced it has entered into a commercial supply agreement with QS Pharma for the bulk manufacture of its OSTORA oral recombinant salmon calcitonin tablet.  The OSTORA tablets, which will be manufactured in QS Pharma's state-of-the-art facility in Pennsylvania, will be used for product launch and commercial sale.

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Almac Expands US Presence with New Packaging Facility

The Ireland-based pharmaceutical packaging firm has built a new $10 million facility in Audubon, PA.

Having identified a business need in the US for a flexible and high quality commercial packaging service provider, the Pharma Services business unit of Almac is proud to expand its established commercial packaging operations with a $10m investment in a new state-of-the-art 100,000 sq. ft. commercial facility in Audubon, PA.

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Symetix to Showcase Pharma Packaging Solutions at Interphex

The company will be displaying a range of products to prevent foreign tablets and capsules, foreign material and broken tablets in pharma packaging operations.

Symetix will showcase its solutions for preventing foreign tablets and capsules, foreign material, and broken tablets from being packaged at its Interphex booth #2883.

Designed specifically for pharmaceutical and nutraceutical manufacturers and contract packers, VeriSym optical inspection systems and Impulse/P size graders maximize product quality while reducing the labor costs associated with manual inspection.

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