Pharmaceutical Packaging

BD Introduces Plastic Blood Culture Bottles

The bottles from BD Diagnostics are designed to help increase laboratory convenience while meeting quality standards.

BD Diagnostics, a segment of BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), today announced that it obtained 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for BD BACTECTM Plus Aerobic/F blood culture bottles in plastic, previously only available in glass. Obtaining 510(k) clearance allows for increased convenience for customers without compromising the performance and quality of the system.

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McKesson Identifies Medication-Adherence Trends

The pharma company has outlined factors that manufacturers and packaging partners should be aware of to improve adherence.

New patient and prescriber research on medication adherence commissioned by McKesson identified seven emerging trends that can impact adherence-support programs. These trends confirm the need for comprehensive adherence solutions that include technology and personalized interactions to help physicians, pharmacists and manufacturers better address barriers that prevent patients from taking their medications as prescribed.

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Pharma Consumer Advertising Shifting to Personalized, Online Tactics

A recent study indicates pharma companies are shifting from traditional direct-to-consumer advertising in favor of personalization via online and social media tools.

GBI Research, the leading business intelligence provider, has released its latest research, Direct to Consumer (DTC) Advertising in Pharmaceuticals - Shift from Traditional Mass-Media Platforms towards Personalization via Online and Social Media, which provides insights into the up-and-coming trends of DTC advertising in the US and of awareness campaigns in Europe. The report provides an in-depth analysis of the types of marketing channels available to pharmaceutical marketers.

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PMMI Partners with ISPE Chapters for Rx Insight at PACK EXPO

The chapters will provide expertise and conference programming on pharmaceutical packaging.

PMMI, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO trade shows, has partnered with the Midwest and Great Lakes chapters of the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) to supply pharmaceutical insight at PACK EXPO International 2012 (McCormick Place, Chicago, Ill.; October 28-31).

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Frazier Healthcare Acquires Pharma Packaging Operations from Catalent

The newly acquired pharmaceutical packaging business will operate under the name Packaging Coordinators Inc.

Frazier Healthcare and Catalent Pharma Solutions, Inc., today announced they have closed the purchase and sale of Catalent’s U.S. commercial pharmaceutical packaging operations based in Philadelphia, PA and Woodstock, IL to Frazier.

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Piramal Healthcare to Acquire Decision Resources Group

The purchased company provides information services to drug and packaging companies.

Piramal Healthcare Limited has agreed to acquire Decision Resources Group a US based company in the healthcare information segment, for a consideration of approximately US$ 635 million.

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Nolato Medical, AlpVision Partner to Thwart Packaging Counterfeiters

The collaboration will use Fingerprint technology to track and authenticate mass-produced products via a mobile phone.

AlpVision and Nolato Medical announce a new partnership to establish collaborative activities to protect primary plastic packaging and medical devices against counterfeiting. The partnership builds on AlpVision's breakthrough patented Fingerprint(TM) technology, which enables brand owners in the pharmaceutical industry to track and authenticate mass produced products manufactured in a mold with a scanner or an iPhone.

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PACK EXPO Pavilion Offers Specialized Pharmaceutical Packaging Focus

The sold-out section of PACK EXPO 2012, scheduled Oct. 28-31 in Chicago, features a broad range of pharmaceutical packaging equipment and technology.

Demand for pharmaceutical packaging in the U.S. is forecast to increase 5.3 percent annually through 2014 as manufacturers seek to adjust to evolving regulations and standards. PACK EXPO International 2012 (October 28-31; McCormick Place, Chicago, IL) will give brand owners access to a number of resources to ease the search for technologies that can help ensure compliance as well as discover advances in other areas driving the industry, including automation, serialization and traceability.

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Survey on Drug Disposal Uncovers Surprising Patient Behaviors

A Teva Pharmaceuticals survey finds that more than half of adults improperly dispose of unused prescription medications.

With the Drug Enforcement Agency's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day taking place on April 28, Teva Pharmaceuticals announced interesting survey results they hope will inspire prescription medication users to act more responsibly when using and disposing of drugs.

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Walgreens Reports Success With Medication Adherence Programs

The pharmacy giant revealed a number of programs designed to increase patient adherence to prescription regimens have had solid results.

Walgreens presented new research results at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy’s 24th Annual Meeting & Expo, April 18-20 in San Francisco, demonstrating the company’s success in driving better patient medication adherence through a diverse set of pharmacy programs. The studies illustrate how Walgreens approach to community pharmacy ultimately helps improve outcomes through cost savings, pharmacist-led face-to-face patient counseling and specialized services for disease management.

Three of the studies presented at the conference included:

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