Trends and Issues

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Intelligrated: 

E-learning modules provide training

Designed by OSHA-authorized and PMMI-certified instructors, Intelligrated’s new I-Campus learning management system is an e-learning program covering occupational safety, Intelligrated equipment and general maintenance training.
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End-user needs will drive the new industrial revolution
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End-user needs will drive the new industrial revolution

Frost & Sullivan is organizing focus groups to understand the end-user perspective for Industrie 4.0.
Update on findings in the FDA cold storage area on the NIH campus. This photo for illustrative purposes only.
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Update on findings in the FDA cold storage area on the NIH campus

'Well-packed' samples of biological agents believed to have been assembled between 1946 and 1964 were shipped to a Homeland Security Center for safeguarding.
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If you can’t stand the heat

Here are some cold hard facts about using packaging to beat the heat.
GSK voluntarily recalls Panadol Advance bottles in Puerto Rico
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GSK voluntarily recalls Panadol Advance bottles in Puerto Rico

Acetaminophen-containing packages said to fail to meet child-resistant closure requirement.
Counterfeit Report says Alibaba U.S. IPO ‘has some shady baggage’
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Counterfeit Report says Alibaba U.S. IPO ‘has some shady baggage’

Report asks if U.S. investors will fund the global proliferation of counterfeit goods?
Dirk Rodgers, who contributed to Healthcare Packaging’s Pharmaceutical Serialization Playbook, is an independent consultant and founder of RxTrace.
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Congress should have mandated randomization

Congress should have mandated randomization of drug serial numbers, but they did not, so it is up to each manufacturer to recognize the importance it would bring to the protection of their brands and of the supply chain.
FDA outlines expectations for human drug compounders
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FDA outlines expectations for human drug compounders

Agency says this includes registered outsourcing facilities; offers multiple documents via web links included herein.
Desmond Hunt, Ph.D., Senior Scientific Liaison, U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP)
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Suitability for use—the basis for plastic packaging standards

Trends such as the increased use of biologic and parenteral drugs in patient care and the expanded use of plastic packaging systems to hold and administer drug products are prompting manufacturers to understand the potential for plastic packaging systems to interact and impact product quality and safety.
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PMMI announces 2014 Packaging Hall of Fame commission

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, announces the 2014 Packaging Hall of Fame Commission.
Eric F. Greenberg is a Contributing Editor and Legal & Regulatory columnist for Packaging World and Healthcare Packaging.
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Tanning product order colors understanding of law

Shedding light on how and why FDA can regulate sunlamp products.
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Processing and packaging groups converge at Pack Expo

PMMI, owner and producer of Pack Expo International 2014, is pleased to announce more than 30 leading packaging and processing professional associations from all over the world will be on hand at Pack Expo International 2014 November 2-5 at Chicago's McCormick Place.
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What's next in active and intelligent food packaging?

Among the types of active and intelligent packaging most commonly researched is antimicrobial food packaging. But when will we see commercialization and true marketplace impact?
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Pondering packaging possibilities for pot products

There are so many surprising, fascinating aspects of the rapidly disintegrating illegality of marijuana in America.
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From MSU to UPG—views of a freshly minted grad

John Herzig, a 2013 graduate of the Michigan State University's School of Packaging, is now Associate Packaging Engineer at United Pet Group. He talks about how MSU prepared him for a career as a packaging professional.
How Sanofi will save $3 million in packaging costs
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How Sanofi will save $3 million in packaging costs

Through a partnership with Sonoco ThermoSafe, Sanofi meets multiple challenges in its international shipping, saving labor costs, time, and gaining versatility.
PMMI has announced the sudden passing of A.J. Janosko.
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PMMI announces passing of A.J. Janosko

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, has announced the sudden passing of A.J. Janosko, Director of Expositions for PMMI, who passed away June 23 as a result of an accident over the weekend.
Frankfurt to host global roundtable on open architecture for track and trace: Defining global track-and-trace standards for the pharmaceutical industry is a key goal of the Sept. 24, 2014 event in Frankfurt.
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Frankfurt to host global roundtable on open architecture for track and trace

Defining global track-and-trace standards for the pharmaceutical industry is a key goal of the Sept. 24, 2014 event in Frankfurt.

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