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Pfizer: Pharma industry needs machine interoperability

Paul Greene of corporate IT at Pfizer had interoperability and widespread enterprise integration on the brain February 3 when he addressed the ARC Advisory Group’s Performance Driven Manufacturing Forum in Orlando, FL.
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Report ponders plastics pricing issues

Higher feedstock costs and strong export demand drove polyethylene prices up 22¢/lb last year, according to a January 6, 2005 Market Update from The Plastics Exchange.
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FDA collecting its own data

FDA notified the Office of Management and Budget that it intends to conduct an experimental study of health claims on food packages.
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Gaining ROI through anticounterfeiting tactics (sidebar)

Combatting counterfeiting isn’t easy, and it’s not inexpensive. The tangible capital outlays to go to battle may include costs for packaging equipment, equipment integration, and ongoing materials expenses.
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Project Jumpstart: A "bird's" eye view

RFID Antenna exclusive: Cardinal Health shares the ups and downs of the extensive Project Jumpstart pilot test of item- and case-level RFID for pharmaceutical products.
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Schering-Plough hits quality goal with Nutec/Wolke system (sidebar)

Nutec ink specification expertise meets quality, security needs
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Why medical-device packaging fails

If you’re a manufacturer of medical-device packaging equipment looking to build equipment that addresses the failures most commonly experienced by your targeted customer base, here’s a list:
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Supplement labeling reviewed

FDA is going after dietary supplement manufacturers whose labels are misleading, and the agency has set up a new system for identifying such products and collecting “signals” of possible harmful effects.
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Health claim for olive oil

Olive oil joins walnuts and omega-3 fatty acids found in fish like salmon and tuna in winning FDA approval of a qualified health claim. Olive oil and certain foods containing olive oil may include the following claim on their packaging:“Limited and not conclusive scientific evidence suggests that eating about 2 tablespoons (23 g) of olive oil daily may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease due to the monounsaturated fat in olive oil.
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How to build more saleable machinery

A January 10 visit to Westpack, sponsored by Canon Communications, included a stop at the booth of Omron, a provider of manufacturing automation and control solutions. In a conversation about packaging machinery OEMs and the machine characteristics that add value in today’s manufacturing environment, the Omron brain trust offered these suggestions:
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Anticounterfeiting: Many happy returns

Combatting counterfeiting isn’t easy, and it’s not inexpensive. The tangible capital outlays to go to battle may include costs for packaging equipment, equipment integration, and ongoing materials expenses.
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Walgreens commits to RFID/EPC technology

National drugstore chain Walgreen Co. in November announced that it is participating in programs testing radio-frequency identification (RFID) and electronic product code (EPC) technologies.
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Purdue Pharma uses RFID on OxyContin

In mid-November, Stamford, CT-based Purdue Pharma LP announced a pilot program to apply radio-frequency identification (RFID) labels (right) to 100-ct bottles of its OxyContin tablets shipped to Wal-Mart and wholesaler H. D. Smith, two of its largest customers.
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RFID expands on drugs

The Food and Drug Administration and several major drug companies are turning to radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology to improve the safety and security of drugs.
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Cognex Corporation: Cognex Corporation: Cognex Corporation: Label print/verification system

The LPVS label print/verification system from Nutec integrates the Wolke m600 printing system—equipped with Hewlett-Packard’s digital thermal ink-jet printing technology—to print reduced-space symbology (RSS) and 2D datamatrix bar codes onto a label transport system.
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Nutrient-content label claims

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a final rule permitting nutrient-content claims on labels of multi-service “meal-type” and “main-dish” meat and poultry products.
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Single food-safety agency?

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) introduced comprehensive legislation to create a single food-safety agency that would combine the food safety regulatory authority of USDA, FDA, and the seafood program operated by the Department of Commerce.
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Anaheim gears up for Westpack

This co-located event plus a full conference program is set to take place January 10-12 at California’s Anaheim Convention Center.

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