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An insider’s look at the healthcare market in India

The latest on India’s pharmaceutical and medical device markets, with a perspective from Vimal Kumar, Senior Specialist and Head Solutions/Medical Electronics for Tata Elxsi, a design engineering service provider in Pune, India.
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EcoBliss introduced Locked4Kids, a child-resistant pharmaceutical carton.
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Innovation on display at interpack

New developments in pharmaceutical and medical device packaging exemplify the innovation on display at interpack 2014 in the Düsseldorf Exhibition Center.
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Omega: Manual case aggregation system

See it at Pharma EXPO, Booth #703! Designed for pharmaceutical companies and contract packagers, Omega Design Corporation’s Intelli-Pac Manual Case Aggregation System for serialized cartons or bottles processes loose or bundled bottles and cartons to integrate layered aggregation technology.
Pharmacy automation systems market to predicted to grow 7.6% annually
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Pharmacy automation systems market predicted to grow 7.6% annually

Need for cost reduction, lower medication errors, and time for patient care to help drive market worth to $4,566.2 Million by 2019, says report.
PharmaExpo tracks will be divided into Manufacturing Operations, Compliance Trends, and Pharmaceutical Packaging.
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Full conference program announced for Pharma Expo

Tracks will be divided into Manufacturing Operations, Compliance Trends, and Pharmaceutical Packaging.
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Rondo-Pak: Digital watermarking for folding carton packaging

See it at Pharma EXPO, Booth #683, with Korber MediPak! Using mobile technologies such as InvisiMarc (IM) code, imperceptible Digital Watermarks for folding carton packaging from Rondo-Pak provide multi-media customer engagement via smartphones without taking up print space on a package, and brand authentication and anti-counterfeiting strategies as an added layer of protection.
ThermoSafe survey shows temperature-sensitive healthcare products represent 12% of overall pharmaceutical logistics market, and continues to rise.
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Revealing the future of the 'cold chain' industry

Survey shows temperature-sensitive healthcare products represent 12% of overall pharmaceutical logistics market, a number that continues to rise.
Four tips for sealing applications from Constantia Flexibles.
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Four tips for sealing applications

A “bullet-point” set of insights on roller/platen sealing, temperature/time/pressure, coating, and cross permeation.
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Should government dictate how healthful our food choices are?

The essence of packaging is product containment. The essence of package labeling is product identification.
Image accompanies the Cool new portion packs item.
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Packaging Technology Integrated Solutions and PW–report from interpack

New biopolymers, anti-counterfeiting breakthroughs, linerless labels, rotary aseptic filling, thermoformable paper—these were just a few of the innovations we found at interpack.
BOTTLE TRACKER. As bottles travel up to the BottleTracker by conveyor, an outsert machine applies a topsert on top of the bottles. This is a folded leaflet applied to the top of each bottle that contains information related to the product.
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Apace sets the pace in pharmaceutical serialization implementation

Contract packager sees investment in serialization on its bottling and blister thermoform/fill/seal lines as an opportunity to gain business and a competitive edge.
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Poison packaging is an ongoing process

If you take a quick glance through the list of household products the law requires to have child-resistant packaging, you might think you’re looking at a game where the object is to make a list on which each thing has the least imaginable connection to the thing before it: aspirin, furniture polish, methyl salicylate (oil of wintergreen), controlled drugs, and so on.
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Healthcare Packaging named exclusive media partner of HealthPack 2015

Kellen Company announces that it has selected Healthcare Packaging (HCP) magazine as the exclusive media partner of its HealthPack 2015 conference, which is produced for professionals involved in the packaging of medical devices.
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Cans bring nourishment to Guatemala's children

On countless forays north on I-90 out of Chicago, I’ve peered out the window at the Hormel plant in Beloit, WI, and chuckled at the giant storage tank masquerading as the world’s biggest can of chili beans. Now I have another can to think about when I drive by that plant: Spammy.
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Packaging comes to East Africa

The first processing and packaging exhibition catering to the entire East Africa macro region takes place when East Afripack unfolds September 9 to 12 in Nairobi, Kenya.
Jim Butschli, Healthcare Packaging Editor
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Time to reevaluate education with an eye on return on investment

For every one occupation requiring a masters degree or higher, there are two professional jobs requiring a university degree. But there are seven jobs—good ones, too—requiring a one-year certificate or two-year degree.
Panel discussion at the HSBC Made For Trade tour.
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Global trade requires advanced manufacturing

Described as a national conversation with leaders in business, government, industry, and academia about the role of global trade in today’s economy, the Made For Trade tour hit Chicago’s Trump Tower July 31.
U.S. pharmaceutical firm orders auto injector production. Shown here is the fully automated insertion of a spring into a plastic auto injector component.
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U.S. pharmaceutical firm orders auto injector production

Consisting of 14 plastic components and three metal parts, the auto injectors are used for the treatment of moderate to severe active psoriasis arthritis.

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