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ARC issues pharma report

Just in time for the Interphex show, ARC Advisory Group has released a new Insight report analyzing the business drivers for Gen3 packaging automation in pharmaceutical manufacturing.
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More time for testing

FDA has asked the Office of Management and Budget to extend its approval of consumer surveys used by the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) in deciding labeling policies for food and dietary supplements.
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Interphex 2003: pharma shifts to Gen3 packaging

A technology shift is underway among pharmaceutical manufacturers and contract packagers.
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Food security key goal at FDA

The Food and Drug Administration is taking “all appropriate measures” to enhance U.S. food safety and security, reported Dr. Mark McClellan, new FDA commissioner.
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FDA relaxes health claims rules

FDA announced a new policy on health claims on food labels, holding them to the same standard as dietary supplements. The “qualified” health claims must still be truthful, nonmisleading, and well substantiated by scientific evidence, but scientists need not have reached consensus on their validity.
New technology is putting bar codes on single-unit containers of medicine previously considered too small for standard bar codes
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Drug companies send FDA mixed message on bar codes

Brand-name, OTC and generic drug firms voice varying degrees of qualified acceptance of bar codes on pharmaceutical packages.
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WestPack: Only the name is the same

WestPack moves to a February time frame and is now co-locating with four other shows. Some 3ꯠ exhibitors and 42ꯠ attendees are expected to be on hand.
Automatic magazine loaders relieve workers of a strenuous job at one major household products manufacturer.
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Ergonomics guides give packaging a lift

New voluntary guidelines from OSHA should give packaging departments added leverage with upper management.
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.

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