Marchesini Group Counting Down toward New Ecofriendly Facility

Marchesini Group is counting down toward the opening ceremony of its new logistics building, which will be held during a five-day open house October 18-22, 2010. The new structure, which will house the group’s logistic activities, is the result of a project focusing on eco-compatibility and environmental sustainability. The new building will be located in Pianoro, Bologna, next to the Marchesini Group Headquarters.

Packaging Digest and Other Publications Join Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News under Canon Communications

Canon Communications, the B-to-B leader exclusively serving the advanced manufacturing sector, is pleased to announce the acquisition of four key media brands worldwide assets from Reed Business Information including Packaging Digest, Electronic Design News (EDN), Design News, and Test & Measurement World.

Premier Purchasing Partners Awards Safecore Health Repackaging Agreement

Premier Purchasing Partners LP awards Safecor Health L.L.C. (Woburn, MA) a three-year, multi-source agreement for pharmaceutical repackaging services. Under terms of the agreement, Safecor Health will provide Premier members a flexible and comprehensive menu of unit-dose and bar-coded repackaging services geared toward each client's unique packaging needs and medication safety initiatives.

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Healthcare Reform Already Starting?

As 2009 draws to a close, healthcare reform efforts continue to play out politically. At press time for our December 2009 issue, the U.S. Senate had just voted to begin debating its reform bill. But as debates were set to begin, new recommendations for routine mammograms and pap smears were causing their own controversies. Was advice on beginning such screenings later in life just the beginning of rationed healthcare, which some have argued reformists are seeking? Or do they represent independent efforts to identify effective healthcare based on patient outcomes? 

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Exclusive Roundtable: Pharmaceutical Packagers: Compete through Innovation

Pharmaceutical packaging–focused members of PMP News’s Editorial Advisory Board discuss competition in a changing industry.

For this year’s pharmaceutical packaging roundtable, PMP News has brought together members of its Editorial Advisory Board with extensive experience in pharmaceutical packaging: John Bitner, director of packaging development, Watson Pharmaceuticals; Laura Bix, assistant professor, Michigan State University, School of Packaging; D. Bruce Cohen, principal, PackTechPlus LLC; Rich Hollander, vice president, packaging services, Pfizer Inc.; and Steve Hess, executive director of packaging technology, Merck and Co., Inc.

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Optima’s Mornshausen Facility Opens Up to Employees and Customers

The Mornshausen facility of Optima Group Pharma, where Klee manufactures its freeze driers, has been busy recently with an open house day for employees, open door days for clients, which was then followed by a training course on pharmaceutical lyophilization.

The first open door day was dedicated to Klee’s employees and their families, which highlighted the lines’ mere dimensions: The systems in the vast assembly halls — custom-built to contain them — soar up 13 meters high.

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