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Package of the year:  Noven Therapeutics Brisdelle is indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms (VMS) associated with menopause. The Brisdelle compliance design features calendarized dosing for 30 days of therapy, with a designated area for the patient to note the starting date of the therapy.
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Noven Therapeutics earns HCPC’s 2013 Compliance Package of the Year

Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council names top packs during RxAdherence 2014.
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Patient adherence and product/package design: Photo provided by CBX and sourced from the Sept. 19, 2008 online article, “A spoonful of sugar really does help the medicine go down, say scientists,” in dailymail.com.uk. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1058406/A-spoonful-sugar-really-DOES-help-medicine-say-scientists.html
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Approaching patient adherence challenges through a consumer lens

Brand agency author suggests putting the patient at the center of pharmaceutical product/package design rather than the condition.
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Sonoco ThermoSafe: Insulated shippers for pharmaceuticals

Sonoco ThermoSafe’s new Envoy Frozen Series of pre-qualified shippers, available in four sizes ranging from 2.5 litres to 24 litres, maintains pharmaceuticals, biologics, vaccines, and other high-value products during shipping at temperatures less than minus 20 degrees Celsius for a minimum of four days, depending on the model.
Specialty drugs represent improved patient health and profit for manufacturers, but create an insurance conundrum.
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Xavier University FDA Conference: Insurance perspective

Specialty drugs represent improved patient health and profit for manufacturers, but create an insurance conundrum.
Dr. Michael Drues is President of Grafton, MA-based Vascular Sciences, an education, training, and consulting company. He can be reached on Linkedin®, by phone at 508.887.9486, and by e-mail at mdrues@vascularsci.com
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10 questions for the future of medicine, circa 2024

The global healthcare community’s responses to these 10 questions could have a profound impact on the future of medicine—and its packaging.
Desmond Hunt addressed U.S. Pharmacopeia issues at PDA Europe 2014.
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PDA Europe addresses regulatory and standards issues

Regulatory and standards agencies must move forward to take into account complex biologics, single-use manufacturing, improved testing methods, etc.
New technology and trends revealed at PDA Europe, held in Brussels.
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New technology and trends revealed at PDA Europe

Bayer’s Dr. Joerg Zuercher points the way for future considerations in parenteral packaging.
BLISTER PACK. This compliance-prompting pack for a clinical trials application includes room for patient initials and date dispensed.
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The changing face of clinical trial services

A contract packager examines trends affecting the pharmaceutical industry.
Eric Greenberg is Principal Attorney at Eric F. Greenberg P.C., a law firm that concentrates its practice in food and drug law, packaging law, and commercial litigation. He can be reached at greenberg@efg-law.com or at 312-977-4647.
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Packaging adds safety, other benefits

The recently passed DQSA law is an important part of the picture, but only part of the story of how packaging’s role in safety is increasing.
Printing or labeling your syringes or infusion bags brought comments from the audience at 2014 PDA (Parenteral Drug Assn.) Europe that were as varied as the attendees and the technology they support or buy.
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The trouble with inks, adhesives, and labels

Not even on the agenda at PDA Europe, the audience steers conversation to this controversial topic.

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