Traceability, authentication, serialization

President Richard M. Johnson of The Parenteral Drug Assn.
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A Washington perspective on healthcare packaging

Visits to PDA, USP, RAPS, and CPSC reveal what works "Inside the Beltway."
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Eric Greenberg is Principal Attorney at Eric F. Greenberg P.C., a law firm that concentrates its practice in food and drug law, packaging law, and commercial litigation. He can be reached at greenberg@efg-law.com or at 312-977-4647.
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Packaging adds safety, other benefits

The recently passed DQSA law is an important part of the picture, but only part of the story of how packaging’s role in safety is increasing.
Ghost watermark thwarts counterfeiters in cost-effective process; wins FPA honors
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Ghost watermark thwarts counterfeiters in cost-effective process; wins FPA honors

Technology employs a repeating watermark embedded in a flexible or semi-rigid package to address counterfeiting and help ensure brand protection.
Dirk Rodgers, who contributed to Healthcare Packaging’s Pharmaceutical Serialization Playbook, is an independent consultant and founder of RxTrace.
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The future of healthcare supply chain security

We know more about how healthcare supply chain security will work in 2024 than looking forward in any previous 10-year period.
Winning in the Pharmapack Awards' Quality of Life category was Nanopass 34, the World’s thinnest pen needle, which was developed by Japan’s Terumo and is notable because it minimizes discomfort or pain caused by injections.
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Responsible innovation and the 2014 Pharmapack Awards

Among the themes that echoed at Pharmapack Europe 2014 was that of responsible innovation.
GOOD FIT. The QX 830 barcode reader was selected for the project for its ability to meet the speed requirements of the line and its industrial design, which enables it to operate continuously in the dusty bin dumper environment.
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Sweet potato packer implements PTI

Produce packer implements inventory, traceability, and case-labeling solution for Produce Traceability Initiative compliance, while maintaining packaging line speeds of 700 cases/hr.
Shown in this photo is a fake Lamisil three-pack.
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Counterfeit med market grows worldwide

DQSA to help address global counterfeit drug market, recently estimated at more than $430 billion annually by the WHO.
The audience during HealthPack 2013.
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HealthPack announces 2014 agenda

Medtronic’s Jackie Elkin will open the March 11-13 event in Albuquerque with a keynote address on unique product identification and medical device packaging.
Dirk Rodgers
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A perspective on DQSA, preemption, and pedigree

Now that DQSA is law, any previous investments to meet California pedigree law can be repurposed to meet the new federal law.
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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