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Using packaging to build consumer trust for Internet drug purchases

A package designer addresses how healthcare companies need to secure their packaging against the growing problem of counterfeit drugs sold over the Internet.
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HF vs. UHF RFID study

Scientific methodology is applied to an item-level RFID 'battle of the frequencies' analysis in the pharmaceutical supply chain.
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Being more relevant

"Knowledge has to be improved, challenged, and increased constantly, or it vanishes." —Peter Drucker
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A colorful brand security trick

Gary Lerner of the Red Oak Group shares a simple idea for brand protection that is as overt and seamless as you could imagine, a trick that helped one client dramatically reduce product diversion.
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Tips from the Packaging Summit

Advice heard during the mid-May event included from Johnson & Johnson's manager of packaging technologies.
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Viet Nam Packaging Show...

About 200 Vietnamese and foreign businesses will participate in the International Fair of Food and Farm Produce Processing, Packaging and Preserving to be held in Hanoi from May 9-12.
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Bazooka Joe gets a face lift...

The Topps Company bubblegum brand Bazooka will relaunched internationally, beginning with the US market.
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India posed for pharmaceutical growth...

due to global patents on billions of dollars of drugs set to expire in 2007-08.
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Revlon targets women 50 and older...

part of a turnaround effort, the New York cosmetic company has launched Vital Radiance, makeup for older women.
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Spring cleaning is poison season in Israel...

report says parents start to clean with dangerous products just as kids come home for vacation.
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Foreign competitors brand bakery in China...

international bakery companies are winning Chinese bakery market by catering to local preferences, creating lifestyle elements that allow customers to feel good about themselves.
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U.K. food and beverage companies call on packaging suppliers to innovate...

survey respondents plan to introduce new products or expand overseas, but say packaging industry too complacent.
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European packagers call for crackdown on anti-competitive laws...

the European Organisation for Packaging and the Environment has called on the European Commission for better enforcement of the bloc's laws.
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Barbados' Banks Beer...

now comes in PET bottles as well as traditional glass. Meant to "compliment not compete" with original packaging. Offers a safer way to serve Banks at special events such as cricket matches and reggae on the hill.Source: Barbados Advocate.com
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India mandates bilingual pharmaceutical packaging...

bilingual labeling system for pharmaceutical drugs started April 1st.
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Ukraine's state-of-the-art meat processing and packaging plant...

a result of a joint effort by Myronivsky Hliboproduct and the Netherland-headquartered CFS.
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"Critter craze" selling more wine in U.S....

be it monkey, fish or kangaroo, animals give brands a leg up in the super-competitive wine market, says ACNielsen.
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FDA sends message of unhappiness on RFID

The agency is wondering what to do about slower-than-expected pharmaceutical implementation.

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