Trends and Issues

World demand for caps and closures is projected to increase 5.6% per year to $58 billion in 2019 according to Freedonia.
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What’s behind rising cap and closure demand?

Freedonia report cites global market gains, more sophisticated closures for pharmaceutical and beauty products.
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Chicago headlines PACK Gives BACK
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Bringing Chicago to Vegas

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing, announces legendary rock band Chicago for PACK Gives BACK at PACK EXPO Las Vegas.
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Allergy drug could help treat hepatitis C

The study showed the drug impaired the ability of the virus to enter human liver cells.
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Fast-tracking medical devices through the FDA

Starting April 14, the new program will help manufacturers of devices for life-threatening, or irreversibly debilitating, conditions get approval faster.
Graphic Security Systems: Customizable security
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Graphic Security Systems: Customizable security

BrandMark™ customizable security system uses an encoded icon that can be authenticated using a smartphone app.
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PMMI welcomes new members

The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies member rolls now exceed 725.
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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.
UL is a global independent safety science company that has championed progress for 120 years.
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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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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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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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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.

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