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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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Temporary relief for OTC convenience packs

FDA postpones May deadline for putting Drug Facts label on convenience-size OTC packages.
At this blister sealer, printed lid stock with a truncated bar code is applied and heat sealed to a blister containing medicatio
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FDA prescription for drug errors reads 'bar code'

Drug manufacturers will have to increase use of unit-of-use package sizes, plus add new scanning and printing equipment.
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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.
Dr. David Armstrong of FDA addresses the conference, while Dr. Peter Slade (center) and Dr. Chuck Sizer look on.
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Understanding packaging security risks

More than 140 attendees at a recent PMMI conference heard from FDA and other officials about minimizing company security risks.
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EastPack opens in New York

Co-located with three other shows in New York City’s Javits Center, EastPack 2002 runs June 4 through June 6. A full IoPP conference schedule is part of the package.
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PipeLine: Packaging security: Which issues belong?

Nearly everywhere you look these days, the front-of-mind issue is security. Whether it be on a national or individual or company basis, security is a hot topic.
Judy Fischer (left), senior packaging engineer for Sargento Foods, answers a question while Juli Okal of 3M Co. awaits her turn.
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Understanding packaging security risks

More than 140 attendees at a recent PMMI conference heard from FDA and other officials about minimizing company security risks.
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Making your packaging company a cult brand

What do Jack Daniels Whiskey and packaging have in common? Both are price-sensitive commodities with distinctive characteristics operating in highly competitive markets. But, how many packaging companies command such customer devotion that price is not a major consideration?
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Rules & Regs: FDA extending consideration of health claim

FDA is taking another look at its interim final rule allowing a health claim on food packages touting the relationship between plant sterol/ stanol esters and a reduced risk of coronary heart disease.
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Marconi Data Systems to be sold to Danaher

Marconi Data Systems Inc. (Wood Dale, IL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marconi plc, announced that Danaher Corp. (Washington, DC) signed a definitive agreement to purchase Marconi for $400 million.
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Flex America Inc: Flex America Inc: Flex America Inc: Materials: Anti-counterfeiting pigments

Flex Products (Santa Roas, CA) has introduced SecureShift™ pigments. Capable of being incorporated in inks, films, coatings, plastics, or fabrics, these pigments serve as an effective anti-counterfeiting measure for major brands because they’re believed to be impossible to copy and are easy to identify.
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Single food safety agency proposed

Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) introduced legislation to consolidate in to a single independent agency the responsibilities for food safety, labeling, and inspection currently scattered among some 12 federal agencies.
Will packaged goods companies face price increases from converters who have to reduce emissions generated by coating and laminat
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Web of confusion

EPA’s proposed clean air standard is likely to cost packagers, one way or another, in add-on costs by manufacturers or converters.
Multi-panel labels have permitted some products to eliminate outer folding cartons. But FDA's proposal on inserts could change t
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Upset over inserts

New FDA demands for package inserts would bloat printing requirements and force some products to add outer cartons.
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