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Pediatric labeling

In an October 27 public hearing on FDA's proposed regulation on mandatory pediatric labeling for drugs and biologics, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended the formation of a pediatric drug labeling advisory panel to determine, among other things, which drugs really need to be studied.
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A checkweigher verifies that each bag has the correct tablet count (left), eliminating the need for an operator to verify counts
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Vitamins in a vacuum

Vacuum packages of vitamin tablets in foil, believed to be a first, provide Amway's Nutrilite Div. with a unique look for Pacific Rim markets.
The paper filter unwind and bagging unit are shown close-up (left), while the overwrapping station appears above. Finished ov
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Vf/f/s percolates at S&D Coffee

To meet the growing sales demands of its foodservice and institutional customers, this Concord, NC, roaster fills ground coffee into a paper filter bag then overwraps between one and five bags in plastic film on the same machine. Strong sales help S&D reap a six-month payback on the unusual machine.
Disposable packaging (left) used formerly by 3M for its bulk videotape generated about 1 cu? of waste. The Reusable Pak (above)
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3M saves bundles with new bundle

The Audio and Video Products Div. of St. Paul, MN-based 3M Co. has scored an impressive victory in packaging source reduction. This leading producer of bulk videotape for the film duplication industry designed a returnable and reusable package for its products that: * eliminates 1.4 million cu' of waste annually, * reduces the number of packaging components from 11 to three, * reduces the variety of packaging materials from five to two, * reduces labor costs not only in 3M's Hutchinson, MN, plant but at its customers' plants, too, and, * saves $4 million annually in packaging costs.
Out of 15 specific packaging functions, the list above were those most often mentioned by respondents to the survey. Most of the
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Materials and container development lead outsourced functions

Development of packaging materials and containers and the graphics that go on them are the functions most often outsourced, say Packaging World readers. However, packaging machinery selection, packaging line design and integration all make the Top Ten.
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Rockwell Automation: Machine vision software

Color Blister-Pak(TM) AO3 is updated Rockwell Automation/Allen-Bradley (Bloomington, MN) software that runs on A-B's Color Configurable Vision Input Module.
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Blister packaging machines

Key Intl. (Englishtown, NJ) has developed the Ministar(TM) thermoforming/cold forming blister packaging machines. They handle a variety of materials, including PVC, PVDC, PET and aluminum.
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Mark-10 Corp.: Film and paper grips

Mark-10 (Hicksville, NY) has developed new gripping fixtures for testing strength of paper and film samples, as well as peel force measurement of heat-sealed, welded or bonded joints.
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Pediatric labeling

FDA's Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee has recommended that labels of OTC pediatric analgesic and antipyretic drugs could contain directions for children down to two months of age.
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'Suppliers must source tag!'

"Manufacturers who have vision are already source tagging. Now we must convince the rest of them that source tagging is in their best interest." Such was the message delivered by Enzo Cerra, senior vp of marketing for Largo, FL-based Eckerd Corp., to packagers, manufacturers and retailers at a recent meeting of the RF Users Group in Chicago last month.

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