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MEMSCap smart electronic medication packaging system tracks each time the medication bottle is opened, a corollary for measuring when a pill is taken.
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Adherence packaging used in trials of HIV-prevention meds in Africa and India

MEMSCap smart electronic medication packaging system tracks each time the medication bottle is opened, a corollary for measuring when a pill is taken.
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Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administartion, “Pregnancy and Lactation Labeling Final Rule,” 12/3/14
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FDA updates drugs/biologics labeling system

Includes major revisions on pregnancy and breastfeeding, with labeling changes taking effect June 30, 2015. Prescription drugs and biologic products approved after June 30, 2015, will use the new format immediately, while labeling for prescription drugs approved on or after June 30, 2001, will be phased in gradually.
Octapharma, an independent manufacturer of human protein products worldwide, added the PAS-X Track & Trace Serialization Aggregation to Werum’s PAS-X at their production site in Vienna.
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Octapharma adds track-and-trace serialization aggregation

Developer, producer, and seller of human proteins requires a flexible and validated system for marking, identifying, and tracking its products.
FIGURE 1: Experimental set-up: Monitoring set-up in the lab showing three VisiSens detection units (cameras on the right corner) connected to a PC and software screen (a); test vial containing alginate beads in direct contact with the detector unit for CO2 monitoring (b); monitoring set-up allows detection of three parameters pH, O2 and CO2 (c).
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Immobilized plant cells: from DSMZ to the customer

VisiSens technology is used to detect metabolic activities of immobilized plant cells during simulated cell transport in a closed system.
PDA’s Universe of Pre-filled Syringes & Injection Devices Conference and Exhibition will be held October 6-7 at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach, CA. The exhibit hall will be open from 9:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 6, and from 9:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 7. For more information, contact PDA at 301/656-5900.
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Universe of pre-filled syringes and injection devices

Parenteral Drug Assn. conference and exhibition features top packaging companies.
Map of India
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An insider’s look at the healthcare market in India

The latest on India’s pharmaceutical and medical device markets, with a perspective from Vimal Kumar, Senior Specialist and Head Solutions/Medical Electronics for Tata Elxsi, a design engineering service provider in Pune, India.
Desmond Hunt, Ph.D., Senior Scientific Liaison, U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP)
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Suitability for use—the basis for plastic packaging standards

Trends such as the increased use of biologic and parenteral drugs in patient care and the expanded use of plastic packaging systems to hold and administer drug products are prompting manufacturers to understand the potential for plastic packaging systems to interact and impact product quality and safety.
GlobalData report says patent expirations of branded biologics and regulatory changes will help biosimilars gain market share from biologics.
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Biosimilars to erode biologics market beyond 2019

GlobalData report says patent expirations of branded biologics and regulatory changes will help biosimilars gain market share from biologics.
Global Healing, a nonprofit organization devoted to providing modern medical equipment and supplies to the developing world, announced that Minnesota Thermal Sciences (MTS), donated two Credo DURACUBE™ LT transportation containers for the safe delivery of blood products to rural Honduras.
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Hardshell shipper delivers blood products safely in Honduras

Credo DURACUBE LT mid-sized hardshell shipping container brings current technology to resource-constrained part of the world.
Visionscan will help Pfizer, one of the world's leading biopharmaceutical companies, reduce inspection costs and drive up accuracy levels as compared to traditional test methods.
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Pfizer selects Visionscan as its global packaging inspection standard for blister packs

Nondestructive inspection devices trial successfully across multiple product materials, and from production sites worldwide.

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