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Karl Kretschmer to speak at Webinar
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Mars Canada supply chain alum to give April 23 Webinar on logistics

Kretschmer, supply chain management veteran with more than a quarter-century experience at Mars Canada, will advise logistics pros on how to work efficiently with the brands they serve in this webinar hosted by Nulogy.
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Visual inspection of insulin vials at the Brazilian site in Montes Claros, Novo Nordisk. Source: Novo Nordisk.
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Novo Nordisk Brazil site implements software program

Company uses newest PAS-X version at one of their largest sites for 18 production lines and two lines for packaging.
Healthcare packaging seminar May 6-7, 2014 to address challenges faced in China, including medical package design, validation, and regulatory issues.
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First LifePack Forum slated for Suzhou, China

Healthcare packaging seminar May 6-7, 2014 to address challenges faced in China, including medical package design, validation, and regulatory issues.
As economic conditions continue to improve worldwide, the demand for machines in sectors such as agriculture, packaging, materials handling, and machine tools will push revenues to $1.6 trillion this year, up from $1.5 trillion in 2013. This represents annual growth of 6.3%, more than twice the 2.9% increase seen in 2013.
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Rise of the machines includes strong packaging growth

New report from HIS forecasts industrial machinery market growth increase to double this year compared with 2013’s increase.
By establishing an Office of Pharmaceutical Quality, FDA hopes to spur pharmaceutical manufacturers to address batch process, packaging, and other problems impacting the supply chain.
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FDA wants pharma to move from compliance to quality

By establishing an Office of Pharmaceutical Quality, FDA hopes to spur pharmaceutical manufacturers to address batch process, packaging, and other problems impacting the supply chain.
In this photo, an engineer works on complex machinery. Manufacturing’s resurgence creates demand for skilled technicians
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Manufacturing’s resurgence creates demand for skilled technicians

Needs include workers who can operate today’s high-tech equipment for plastics production, robotics, and automation.
How the right coding/marking supplier can contribute to successful serialization compliance
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How the right coding/marking supplier can contribute to successful serialization compliance

In light of the new U.S. federal legislation on pharmaceutical serialization, Domino answers the question, what now?
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Mocon: Oxygen permeation test system

See it at Interpack, Hall 5, Stand J03! Suitable for food, pharmaceutical, medical device, and material producers who need to test packaging structures for oxygen permeation, the new fully-automated and user-friendly OX-TRAN Model 2/22 H oxygen permeation test system from Mocon uses advanced technology and design enhancements to significantly reduce test times depending on barrier quality.
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U.S. Aragonite: Anti-microbial plastics enhancer

U.S. Aragonite Enterprises’ renewable anti-microbial Oshenite-MHP plastics performance enhancer combines Fusionite, a patented ion process technology from CMS Technology, with its Oshenite mineral to produce a product that inhibits the bacteria that cause foodborne illnesses, odors, mold, mildew, and algae in a wide range of packaging and consumer good applications.
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Strategic Relationship Management: Is there really value here?

We hear more and more about SRM as the years pass.
In this Q&A, Randall Troutman, Account Manager, Printpack Medical, addresses standards, materials issues, sustainability, and workforce development.
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First Person: Comparing/contrasting medical device and food packaging

In this Q&A, Randall Troutman, Account Manager, Printpack Medical, addresses standards, materials issues, sustainability, and workforce development.
Healthcare Packaging Publisher Jim Chrzan near the Vietnam memorial in Washington, DC.
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Public trust part of the life sciences supply chain mix

Complexities in the pharmaceutical, medical device, and biologics supply chain surpass any other industry, except nuclear power. Million-dollar pallets, toxic oncology meds, longer shipping channels—even the public trust, are part of the mix.
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Cube matters

Packaging professionals know that geometry matters.
This photo shows an authentic alli carton.
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GlaxoSmithKline voluntarily recalls alli weight loss product

Company believes some packages of the product were tampered with, leading to recall of all alli products from U.S. and Puerto Rico retailers.
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Food label changes invoke nutrition, health, history

There were many reactions to the recent announcement by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of its proposed changes to food nutrition labeling, announced with great fanfare by FDA and first lady Michelle Obama. My reaction was, it made me think of history.
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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Pack Expo East shifts dates

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, announces Pack Expo East 2015 will take place Feb. 16–18 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
Specialty drugs represent improved patient health and profit for manufacturers, but create an insurance conundrum.
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Xavier University FDA Conference: Insurance perspective

Specialty drugs represent improved patient health and profit for manufacturers, but create an insurance conundrum.

 

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