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Illegal online sales of pharmaceuticals led to FDA taking action against more than 9,600 Web sites.
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Online pharmacy crackdown: Serious action for a complex problem

Operation Pangea VI takes action against 9,600 Web sites, seizing and shutting down 1,677 Web sites.
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BD recently entered the pharmaceutical industry with a new line of generic prefilled injectable products called BD Simplist. One of the first two drugs launched is BD Simplist™ Metoclopramide Injection, USP. Both its outer package and the inner container are printed with a 2D barcode and with the NDC, serial number, lot number, and expiration date "human readable."
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A reprieve from California e-pedigree?

House and Senate serialization bills could push back packaging line expenditures, but wouldn’t do much to counter pharmaceutical counterfeiting.
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UDI for medical devices at top of the GS1 Connect agenda

LIVE FROM GS1 CONNECT: Unique Device Identifier for medical devices promises a myriad of benefits, but questions remain.
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Pharmaceutical serialization: Should you wait?

Exclusive Healthcare Packaging survey reveals half have yet to begin serialization projects, and more than 25% don’t plan to spend money on serialization this year!
FDA Enforcement Statistics Summary
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Enforcement Statistics, Fiscal 2012, published by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration compiled and published these data about its enforcement activities during fiscal 2012 (October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012).
Sample codes for UDI story
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UDI: Bane or benefit? You decide

Packaging and labeling professionals may be best prepared to help their organizations navigate Unique Device Identification.
Eric Greenberg
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FDA has wish list on regulating compounders

Congress might be listening as quality control issues at compounders cause health-related death and illness.
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FDA’s Crowley addresses Unique Device Identification

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has provided a detailed description of proposed effective dates for Unique Device Identification (UDI) requirements on its Web site.
Too much medication?
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Report says 40% of parents give young kids cough/cold medicine that they shouldn’t

Many parents disregard label warnings. …Meanwhile, FDA’s BeSafeRx provides interactive map tool to protect against fake pharmaceuticals.
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Attacking 'counterfeit' medications with a broader strategy

New Institute of Medicine report points to a new way of talking about and addressing problematic meds globally, with packaging smack dab in the middle of the issue.

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