Trends and Issues

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PMMI's Yuska talks at Total

Chuck Yuska, chairman of the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute, addressed assembled journalists recently at the Total Processing and Packaging Show in Birmingham, England.
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Preventing counterfeit drugs

The Food and Drug Administration’s Counterfeit Drug Task Force released a report describing a framework designed to prevent counterfeit drugs for the pharmaceutical supply chain.
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OYSTAR USA Pharmaceutical Packaging Division: Continuous blister packing

IWKA PacSystems offers its new BP Series of BlisterPack machines, designed to provide convenient operation and regulatory compliance for pharmaceutical manufacturers.
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RFID and patient compliance

There are several major issues facing the pharmaceutical industry besides noncompliance.
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PMMI issues call for presentations

The Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute issued an April 9, 2004, deadline for presentations at the Conference at Pack Expo, held in conjunction with Pack Expo International, November 7-11, at Chicago’s McCormick Place.
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HealthPack shines in Florida

Medical device manufacturers continually strive for zero recalls caused by packaging problems. An on-site report on this and other issues from HealthPack 2004.
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Confusing meat label claims

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and the Agricultural Marketing Service are working on labeling rules to clear up some of the confusion about label claims on meat products.
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NFPA on EC's claims on food

Responding to a draft proposal on European Council regulation of nutrition and health claims on food products, the National Food Processors Assn. said it supports a harmonized approach to provide for nutrient content and health claims.
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Unfinished business

As I began to gear up for 2004, I realized that my office was littered with a whole raft of news and feature story applications that, for a variety of reasons, were not published.
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Covert labels complete drug chain-of-custody

Security papers become pharmaceutical labels with a ‘history’ so that material can be tracked back to the mill.
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Packaging excellence

"Striving for Packaging Excellence," an in-depth look at what’s coming down the pike in the packaging technology arena is produced by ARC Advisory Group.
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Labeling changes recommended

In a mid-December 2003 report commissioned by the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Health Canada, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) called for redoing the Nutrition Facts panel on food labels.
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Health claims labeling

FDA issued an advance notice of proposed rule making on how it will regulate qualified health claims. FDA solicited comments on three options. One would codify the current interim procedures and the ranking system based on the amount of scientific evidence.
Bayer Biologicals has added shrink bands to its bottles of Gamunex that are random-printed with the Bayer logo.
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Packaging pirates avast

FDA is strongly encouraging drug manufacturers to confront counterfeiters, and to bring new technology to the agency’s attention.
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FDA weighs in on obesity

The Food and Drug Administration commissioner Mark McClellan formed the Obesity Working Group to investigate what role FDA can play in fighting obesity.
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Companies

Exopack (Spartanburg, SC) acquired the remaining operating assets of Plassein Intl.
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Pipeline: DTE new marketing stream for drugs?

In past months, I’ve disclosed what I felt was wasteful spending by big pharma companies that inflate the cost of their medications, especially for U.S.
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FDA sued over health claims

In mid-October, Public Citizen’s Health Research Group and the Center for Science in the Public Interest sued the Food and Drug Administration, claiming the agency broke the law when it lowered its standards for allowing health claims on food labels.

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