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Giuseppe Motta of Abbott Laboratories Italia used this cartoon analogy to illustrate the complicated validation process faced by
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What do pharmaceutical packagers want?

Representatives from Abbott Laboratories and Pharmacia seek simplicity in packaging machinery to help cut cost and time associated with the validation process.
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Automatic magazine loaders relieve workers of a strenuous job at one major household products manufacturer.
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Ergonomics guides give packaging a lift

New voluntary guidelines from OSHA should give packaging departments added leverage with upper management.
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Tough tools on food safety

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) introduced the Safe and Fair Enforcement and Recall for Meat and Poultry Act, which would boost the enforcement tools available to USDA and the Food and Drug Administration under their food statutes.
Random-printed foil pouch is affixed between two paper plies that offer space for the Drug Facts information.
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Temporary relief for OTC convenience packs

FDA postpones May deadline for putting Drug Facts label on convenience-size OTC packages.
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Conference at Pack Expo features 50-plus speakers

Produced by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, the Conference at Pack Expo runs from Monday, November 4 through Wednesday, November 6. Here’s the line-up. For session abstracts, go to http://pei2002.packexpo.com.
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Technology takes us forward (sidebar)

The sponsors of Emballage 2002, running November 18-22 at Paris Nord Villepinte, have undertaken an in-depth Pack.Vision study of the latest trends in worldwide packaging.
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Matthews Marking Systems: Marking products

Matthews Intl. (Pittsburgh, PA) will showcase products including the new R4 Control Unit—a configurable, rack-based ink-jet printing system. Each R4 unit controls up to 16 Drop-on-Demand™ ink-jet print heads including a mix of large- and small-character units.
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Top Oil out to 'end' counterfeiting

San Francisco-based Top Oil Products Co. is waging war against counterfeiting of its premium synthetic motor oils in Indonesia. It’s weapons: top and bottom aluminum closures.
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Free speech on health claims

FDA should permit communication of the healthful benefits of food as long as it is truthful and not misleading, said the American Frozen Food Institute in comments submitted to the agency.
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Alcoa began development of Fridge Pack

The newest innovation in canned beverage multipacks, the 12-count Fridge Pack from Coca-Cola bottlers traces its origins to aluminum can producer Alcoa.
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Comments sought for soy claim

FDA is seeking public comment on its record-retention products that make a health claim on food labels linking soy protein with reducing the risk of heart disease.
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USP sets 'repackaging' standards

The packaging material used for repackaging a tablet or capsule into a unit-dose blister pack should be selected for both barrier properties and how the package will be used.
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Cambridge University students visit U.S.

Eighteen post-graduate engineering students from Cambridge University, U.K., are on an industrial tour visiting a variety of engineering companies in PA, NY, and MA.
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Heading North

As some of you know, and others may have noticed, this month marks a bit of a change at Packaging World as Pat Reynolds succeeds me as VP/Editor and I assume a less day-to-day operational role as VP/Executive Editor.
The carton containing Helidac therapy holds 14 individual blister cards (shown empty at top). Each blister has four daily dosage
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Double (and triple) dose of convenience?

Co-packaging of drugs can help medication compliance. But lack of FDA policy impedes packaging applications.
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The skinny on job satisfaction

Packaging professionals seem to have nicely weathered the recent economic downturn, with its layoffs and pay cuts.
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Kurz Transfer Products: Counterfeit protection

Kurz Transfer Products (New York, NY) introduces its Trustseal® product line to the U.S. pharmaceutical market. Material uses a proprietary technology for brand protection against over-the-counter and prescription drug counterfeiting.
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Temporary relief for OTC convenience packs

FDA postpones May deadline for putting Drug Facts label on convenience-size OTC packages.

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