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Americares respiratory medicines
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Record donation of packaged respiratory medicines headed to U.S. clinics

Medicines from Sunovion Pharmaceuticals and AstraZeneca will help uninsured and underinsured patients nationwide.
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Report says U.S. lags behind other nations in biosimilars

Thomson Reuters report names Amgen, Sandoz, and Hospira as companies with greatest potential to dominate the early stages of biosimilar medications entering the U.S.
Counterfeit Report cover
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Helping consumers identify counterfeit products

United Nations report provides visual guide to educate consumers and protect brands.
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World markets for packaging

The world is now more accessible to open trade than ever before in history.
A preprinted pharmaceutical carton showing the GS1-128 bar code (on right, with 20 digits) required by China’s PIATS program is printed by RSI printheads using HP’s TIJ (thermal ink-jet) 2.5 cartridge technology. HP’s TIJ 2.5 can print at resolutions up to 600 dpi. RSI optimizes bar-code resolution and print-cartridge life using patent-pending Variable DPI and nozzle-flipping features. Hailong incorporated RSI’s HP-based printers into its track-and-trace system for PIATS.
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Printing technology helps Chinese firm meet that country’s product identification requirements

Hailong Machinery Group uses thermal ink-jet technology to print high-density, high-resolution bar codes and text on primary and secondary packaging.
ColaLife crate
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Medicine kit package helps ColaLife save lives in Zambia

Wedge-shaped anti-diarrhea Kit Yamoyo package ‘piggybacks’ in unused space within CocaCola crates to take advantage of the beverage giant’s global distribution system.
NovoPen Echo
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Pharmapack Europe winners reflect package diversity

Pharmaceutical package winners include Novo Nordisk insulin pen, Weleda’s carton for vials, and a blister-pack carrying case.
Pills and bottle caution
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Observations from Pharmapack Europe

Safety, compliance factors critical for patient-centric packaging, reports Healthcare Packaging Publisher Jim Chrzan from Paris.
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Packaging innovation explored at TPC

The first full day of presentations at The Packaging Conference includes details on the Absolut Unique vodka project, digital package printing, and PET recycling initiatives.
Cool chain logistics
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Controlled room temperature takes center stage

Sanofi-Aventis speaker points to multiple challenges in shipping medications by air, land, and sea.

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