Traceability, authentication, serialization

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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Pharmapack Europe 2014, will be held Feb. 12-13 at the Porte de Versailles, will concentrate on packaging and delivery systems for medications and healthcare products.
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Pharmapack Europe 2014 focuses on innovation

Feb. 12-13 event, now at the Porte de Versailles, will concentrate on packaging and delivery systems for medications and healthcare products.
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.
Quality control: Since glass vials are often filled with aggressive medicinal products, they are subjected to precise checks beforehand. (Photo: Schott PP/Jan Siefke)
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New pharmaceutical packages protect proteins and prevent counterfeiting

Biopharmaceuticals present challenges for packaging. Here’s a preview of some new technologies to watch for at interpack 2014.
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.
U.S. Senate passes H.R. 3204 and sends it to President Obama. Bill would preempt all current serialization and pedigree laws, have impact on compounding.
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Drug Quality and Security Act passes Senate

U.S. Senate passes H.R. 3204 and sends it to President Obama. Bill would preempt all current serialization and pedigree laws, have impact on compounding.
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A resource you should know about: GS1

GS1 US administers bar-code standards, but did you know about all these GS1 education, support, online tools, standards and events?
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Rollprint: Anticounterfeiting flexible packaging technology

Rollprint Packaging Products, Inc. developed a proprietary new technology for composite flexible packaging materials to support medical device and pharmaceutical company anticounterfeiting efforts.
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Each individually bagged product can be scanned for date of harvest and point of origin.
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Digital ink jet printing enhances food safety

Grower/packer implements advanced on-film labeling technology to track and trace fresh produce from field to store to kitchen.
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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