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Giuseppe Motta of Abbott Laboratories Italia used this cartoon analogy to illustrate the complicated validation process faced by
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What do pharmaceutical packagers want?

Representatives from Abbott Laboratories and Pharmacia seek simplicity in packaging machinery to help cut cost and time associated with the validation process.
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Tough tools on food safety

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced the Safe and Fair Enforcement and Recall for Meat and Poultry Act, which would boost the enforcement tools available to USDA and the Food and Drug Administration under their food statutes.
Random-printed foil pouch is affixed between two paper plies that offer space for the Drug Facts information.
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Temporary relief for OTC convenience packs

FDA postpones May deadline for putting Drug Facts label on convenience-size OTC packages.
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Free speech on health claims

FDA should permit communication of the healthful benefits of food as long as it is truthful and not misleading, said the American Frozen Food Institute in comments submitted to the agency.
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Comments sought for soy claim

FDA is seeking public comment on its record-retention products that make a health claim on food labels linking soy protein with reducing the risk of heart disease.
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USP sets 'repackaging' standards

The packaging material used for repackaging a tablet or capsule into a unit-dose blister pack should be selected for both barrier properties and how the package will be used.
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The skinny on job satisfaction

Packaging professionals seem to have nicely weathered the recent economic downturn, with its layoffs and pay cuts.
The carton containing Helidac therapy holds 14 individual blister cards (shown empty at top). Each blister has four daily dosage
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Double (and triple) dose of convenience?

Co-packaging of drugs can help medication compliance. But lack of FDA policy impedes packaging applications.
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Heading North

As some of you know, and others may have noticed, this month marks a bit of a change at Packaging World as Pat Reynolds succeeds me as VP/Editor and I assume a less day-to-day operational role as VP/Executive Editor.
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Temporary relief for OTC convenience packs

FDA postpones May deadline for putting Drug Facts label on convenience-size OTC packages.

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