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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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Dr. Mehmood Khan, Executive Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer, and head of Global Research and Development, PepsiCo.
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View from the top

PepsiCo’s R&D transformation began about seven years ago with a leadership change, and now the firm is reaping the benefits of ‘growing the R&D investment.’
U.S. demand for rigid bulk packaging to reach $7.3 billion in 2018
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U.S. demand for rigid bulk packaging to reach $7.3 billion in 2018

Manufacturing output activity, insourcing, chemicals and pharmaceuticals all help build a post-recession resurgence, says Freedonia report.
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FPA forecasts steady growth for U.S. flexible packaging

The Flexible Packaging Assn. envisions 2014 growth of 3.8%, for a total of $28.2 billion, making it one of the fastest-growing packaging segments in the U.S.
Reagents driving European IVD market
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Reagents driving European IVD market

Decentralized testing, industry consolidation, increased automation in labs among the key trends.
Smithers Pira predicts US$1.1 trillion global packaging market by 2024
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Smithers Pira predicts US$1.1 trillion global packaging market by 2024

Healthcare packaging and packaging for other consumer goods will remain the fastest-growing segments.
FDA’s growing global focus faces language barriers
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FDA’s growing global focus faces language barriers

As FDA becomes more globally focused, drug complaints and adverse event reporting pose “cultural” challenges, as do inspections.
PDA developing Technical Report on drug shortages
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PDA developing Technical Report on drug shortages

Parenteral Drug Assn. expects to publish report on the prevention and management of drug shortages by early 2015.
Healthcare Packaging Publisher Jim Chrzan.
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FDA continues to stress manufacturing excellence

PDA/FDA Joint Regulatory Conference says global supply chain will require unprecedented cooperation.
Desmond Hunt, Ph.D., Senior Scientific Liaison, U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP)
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USP to roll out information chapters on Good Distribution Practices

Five new general chapter standards related to GDP to become official next year, when three new chapters will be proposed.

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