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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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At this blister sealer, printed lid stock with a truncated bar code is applied and heat sealed to a blister containing medicatio
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FDA prescription for drug errors reads 'bar code'

Drug manufacturers will have to increase use of unit-of-use package sizes, plus add new scanning and printing equipment.
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Making your packaging company a cult brand

What do Jack Daniels Whiskey and packaging have in common? Both are price-sensitive commodities with distinctive characteristics operating in highly competitive markets. But, how many packaging companies command such customer devotion that price is not a major consideration?
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Rules & Regs: FDA extending consideration of health claim

FDA is taking another look at its interim final rule allowing a health claim on food packages touting the relationship between plant sterol/ stanol esters and a reduced risk of coronary heart disease.
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Marconi Data Systems to be sold to Danaher

Marconi Data Systems Inc. (Wood Dale, IL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marconi plc, announced that Danaher Corp. (Washington, DC) signed a definitive agreement to purchase Marconi for $400 million.
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Single food safety agency proposed

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) introduced legislation to consolidate in to a single independent agency the responsibilities for food safety, labeling, and inspection currently scattered among some 12 federal agencies.
Will packaged goods companies face price increases from converters who have to reduce emissions generated by coating and laminat
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Web of confusion

EPA’s proposed clean air standard is likely to cost packagers, one way or another, in add-on costs by manufacturers or converters.
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Non-GE labels misleading, says CSPI

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has called on FDA to take action against seven food manufacturers for making false and misleading label claims related to the absence of genetically engineered ingredients.
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Upset over inserts (sidebar)

Stop bugging us!
Multi-panel labels have permitted some products to eliminate outer folding cartons. But FDA's proposal on inserts could change t
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Upset over inserts

New FDA demands for package inserts would bloat printing requirements and force some products to add outer cartons.

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