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Is lack of standardized medical device labeling harming patients?

The FDA is studying if they should require standardized medical device labeling.
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Near record lows for medical device recalls

It's been two years since the FDA saw recall numbers this low.
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Verification program and new mark for dietary supplements

UL Consumer Products launches UL Verification Mark in response to growing industry need for third-party verification of marketing claims.
PMMI's Mechatronics Certificate Test pyramid
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PMMI adds additional mechatronics accreditation

New mechatronics certificate test on motors and motor controls is a part of the National Association of Manufacturing-endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System.
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New analysis tool for adverse drug events

This tool should be useful for researchers and those who work on medication safety.
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Was this experimental Ebola vaccine trial safe?

The early-stage clinical trial was conducted at the National Institutes of Health and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.
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FDA warns to not use products from North Carolina pharmacy

The alert comes after concerns over the company's ability to assure the sterility, stability and potency.
FDA issues final guidance on the evaluation and labeling of abuse-deterrent opioids
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FDA issues final guidance on the evaluation and labeling of abuse-deterrent opioids

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on April 1, 2015 issued a final guidance to assist industry in developing opioid drug products with potentially abuse-deterrent properties.
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Acting director of National Cancer Institute named

The doctor received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama last year.
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The Heinz-Kraft merger from a packaging perspective

Heinz 57 would be an underestimation of the number of issues facing the company resulting from its merger with Kraft Foods.
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AIP/IoPP partnership elevates CPP certification

The Certified Packaging Professional designation will become the leading mark of excellence internationally and a must-have recognition of industry proficiency and achievement for packaging professionals under a new partnership announced by the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) in the U.S. and the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP).
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Pharmapack Europe covered lots of ground

Exclusive coverage fom Pharmapack Europe includes strategies for handling injectables, updates on new regs for med devices, and a look at the challenges of veterinary drugs.
Figure 1: Equipment Hygiene LeveL DecIsion Tree for Low-Moisture Food
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How to optimize sanitary machine design

The Alliance for Innovation and Operational Excellence, founded by PMMI in 2011, recently released ‘ONE VOICE for Hygienic Equipment Design for Low-Moisture Foods.’
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FDA issues guidance for repackaging

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a Feb. 2015 Guidance for Industry titled, “Repackaging of Certain Human Drug Products by Pharmacies and Outsourcing Facilities,” that is being distributed for comment purposes only.
Eric Greenberg
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Regulators have a range of approaches

What is the best way for a state to assure that people drive safely?
Afrezza (insulin human) Inhalation Powder
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Sanofi launches Afrezza inhalable insulin for diabetes treatment

Global healthcare company Sanofi and biopharma-ceutical company MannKind Corp. announced that Afrezza (insulin human) Inhalation Powder is now available by prescription in U.S. retail pharmacies nationwide.
Don't miss the PackML Workshop at The Automation Conference 2015.
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Half-day workshop on PackML at The Automation Conference

The Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC), in partnership with The Automation Conference 2015, is presenting a half-day workshop on implementing PackML to increase productivity.
Registration is open for the largest PACK EXPO Las Vegas ever.
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PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015 Features Largest-Ever Show Floor

Registration opens for 2015’s largest processing and packaging event in North America and the Las Vegas debut of the co-located Pharma EXPO.

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