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USP to focus on the topics of Good Distribution Practices (GDPs) for pharmaceuticals, quality management systems, environmental conditions management, importation/exportation management, and supply chain integrity and security issues.
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USP needs input from pharma industry experts: Mary Foster

USP to focus on the topics of Good Distribution Practices (GDPs) for pharmaceuticals, quality management systems, environmental conditions management, importation/exportation management, and supply chain integrity and security issues.
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Cool Chain Europe: Quality, cost, compliance

More than 400 pharmaceutical and healthcare logistics professionals share best practices in Luxembourg.
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Food reports still here, getting tougher

Let’s say you package food, and you suspect contamination of food by dangerous bacteria has occurred.
Staff can double during peak periods; temps can help. — KD Services
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Hearing summer sleigh bells? CPA offers seasonal staffing tips

Expert advise and tips from Contract Packaging Association members can ease seasonal staffing, scheduling and partnering challenges.
PMMI has voted to expand its definition of "General Member."
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PMMI membership structure shifts

To better reflect industry needs, 
PMMI members add North American processing machinery manufacturers to the General Member class.
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MG America: Integrated coding & verification unit for bottle serialization

MG America’s compact ACE-BT300 Coding & Verification Unit for bottle serialization provides track & trace capabilities at unit-level, can handle round, square, and rectangular bottles from 22-120mm in diameter at a rate of 300/min., and can be smoothly incorporated into existing bottling lines.
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When it comes to serialization, start now

A seminar held during interpack by Optel and Domino emphasizes the urgency of developing a serialization strategy now, and addresses the challenges of implementation.
Serialization solution
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Serialization solution

Developed by OCS, the most compact aggregation and serialization solution in the world measures just 1.8 m in length. TE label application is part of the package.
Serialization system
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Serialization system

Just 1.95 m in length, this Mettler Toledo serialization system for the pharmaceutical industry prints unique carton codes, verifies codes, does TE labeling, and checkweighs at up to 400 pieces/min.
Friedbert Klefenz, President of Bosch Packaging Technology
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Pharma and food drive packaging equipment growth

At interpack 2014, Bosch Packaging Technologies unveils its growth strategy through 2020, including a focus on food and pharma, and full-service packaging line supply.
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Kashi formulas or labels likely to change by end of year

The Kellogg Company agrees to drop the terms “all natural” and “nothing artificial” from some Kashi products.
The CPSC was brought up recently when Senator Charles Schumer of NY said that FDA and CPSC should use “flow restrictors” on children’s medicines to help prevent an estimated 10,000 annual emergency room visits.
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Healthcare Packaging goes to Washington: Part IV of a four-part series

A healthcare perspective on the Consumer Products Safety Commission from Bethesda, MD.
From left to right, Zachary Brousseau and Matthew A. Clark of the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society speak with Jim Butschli, Healthcare Packaging Editor.
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Healthcare Packaging goes to Washington: Part III of a four-part series

An update on the Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society in Rockville, MD.
An update on the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention in Rockville, MD. In this photo, Theresa Laranang-Mutlu (far left) and Dr. Desmond Hunt (far right) of the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention talk with Healthcare Packaging Editor Jim Butschli.
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Healthcare Packaging goes to Washington: Part II of a four-part series

An update on the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention in Rockville, MD.
For both its drop-ship and stock-and-ship programs, ICAT warehouses the products near where they are produced—inventorying each box when it comes in, and managing that inventory—then ships on demand when customers order them.
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How medical tech manufacturers save by outsourcing warehousing

Medical technology clients can realize economies by keeping warehousing local, avoiding excess shipping costs, and eliminating internal overhead.
Parenteral Drug Assn. President Richard Johnson
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Healthcare Packaging goes to Washington: Part I of a four-part series

An update on the Parenteral Drug Assn. from President Richard M. Johnson in Bethesda, MD.
Recently, third-party logistics service provider Port Jersey Logistics created a full-day educational experience for children of PJL employees to help them connect what they learn at school with the actual working world.
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Generating student interest in the 'working world'

Third-party logistics firm creates interactive educational experience for children aged 8 to 15.
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Bringing the kids to interpack

Some solutions are just too simple! If we want our kids to choose science, technology, engineering, math or manufacturing careers (STEMM), we need to expose them so that they understand why.

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