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Klockner Packaging: Continuous-motion cartoner

The Medipak Pacliner 4/200 is a new high-speed continuous-motion cartoner from Klockner Packaging Machinery (Clearwater, FL). Designed for pharmaceutical, medical device and personal care applications, it can package blister packs, tubes, small bottles, pouches or vials into cartons 60 to 150 mm (2.4" to 5.9") L x 30 to 115 mm (1.2" to 4.5") W x 12 to 90 mm (0.5" to 3.5") H at speeds to 200/min.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

Design Group (St. Louis, MO), a Barry-Wehmiller company, will open a Southeastern office in Greenville, SC, focusing on the growing FDA-regulated medical, pharmaceutical and food industries.
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FDA wants fresh juice warning labels

Continuing its campaign to upgrade food safety in the wake of well-publicized incidences of foodborne illnesses, the Food and Drug Administration has asked juice manufacturers to voluntarily put warning labels on unpasteurized fruit and vegetable juices until formal labeling rules can be developed.
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Supplier news: Appointments, promotions

Anderson Packaging (Rockford, IL): Ed Hancock, president, Pharmaceutical Div.; Tom Baca, president, Oral Care and Household Products Div.
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Labeling for geriatrics

All pharmaceutical drug labels must include a geriatric use subsection according to a final rule published in late August by FDA. Geriatric labeling will be phased in through 2003, beginning with six priority drug categories which must be labeled by August 28, 1998.
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Labeling for pediatrics

FDA has proposed a rule requiring drug manufacturers to test the safety of some new prescription drugs and biologics for children, determine appropriate dosages and label the product accordingly.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

ABB Flexible Automation Inc. (New Berlin, WI) formed a new division, Packaging Automation, which will focus on picking, packing and palletizing robotic system solutions for the food, beverage, personal care and pharmaceutical industries.
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Fen/phen warnings

FDA announced it plans to require warnings on labels of the popular prescription diet drug "fen/phen" after receiving reports that the drug combination can cause serious damage to heart valves.
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Sunscreen labeling

Consumers may not realize that there are no official government standards for sunscreen protection and its labeling. Proposed rules issued by FDA, which treats sunscreen as an OTC product, have become de facto guidelines adopted by sunscreen manufacturers, with compliance high.
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