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Author Katherine Eban’s (shown here) book “Dangerous Doses,” exposed the dark side of America’s pharmaceutical trade. Here, the investigative journalist looked at the epic inside story of long-term criminal fraud at Ranbaxy, the Indian drug company that makes generic Lipitor for millions of Americans.
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Your Top 10 Healthcare Packaging stories from 2013

Serialization stories dominated the list among Healthcare Packaging online readers, but the top-read story of the year revealed some dirty deeds.
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Off-label uses: some can talk about them, some cannot, and something’s gotta give

When it comes to FDA regulation of ‘off-label’ uses of legally marketed drugs and devices, there’s a lot that’s odd.
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Rules are rules and are a lot of work

It’s a lot of work.
President Obama recently signed into law H.R. 3204, which establishes national track-and-trace/serialization system and brings more federal oversight to large-volume compounding pharmacies that custom-mix medications in bulk.
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H.R. 3204 bill signed into law

Establishes national track-and-trace/serialization system and brings more federal oversight to large-volume compounding pharmacies that custom-mix medications in bulk.
FSMA’s Preventive Controls and Foreign Supplier Verification provisions are of particular relevance to food packaging suppliers.
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Key implications of FSMA for food packaging suppliers

Understanding the impact of FDA's Preventive Controls provision and Foreign Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) js key to helping packagers navigate the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Industry leaders praise Senate passage of H.R. 3204 bill with enhanced track-and-trace initiatives for the pharmaceutical supply chain.
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GS1, UPS hail Senate passage of H.R. 3204

Industry leaders praise bill with enhanced track-and-trace initiatives for the pharmaceutical supply chain.
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Triangle: VFFS bagger with optional stainless steel doors

The X-Series vertical form fill seal (VFFS) bagging machine from Triangle Package Machinery Company now comes with optional, newly-designed stainless steel guard doors to better meet 3A and USDA sanitation standards.
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Food label needs both simplification and more detailed rules, some say

The food label is the town square of America. It’s a great place to find out what’s on the minds of American consumers.
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The key role of equipment and packaging in food safety

As food companies are constantly looking for ways to control food safety risks, they increasingly recognize the need to ensure that their processes are fully validated and verified on an ongoing basis to be doing what they are supposed to do to control risk. They realize that they must control environmental risk and especially allergen risk.
What does the recently ended government shutdown mean for the healthcare community?
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The healthcare community and the government shutdown

What’s the impact from the just-ended shutdown for makers of pharmaceuticals, biologics, and medical devices? Give us your opinion.

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