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FDA's seven anti-counterfeiting recommendations

The battle against counterfeit drugs rages on throughout the pharmaceutical distribution chain.
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A digital watermark provides a covert authentication method that can be confirme
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Smarter packaging

RFID and security technology, especially authenticating methods, headlined a recent Smart Packaging conference outside Chicago.
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Omega-3 health claim

FDA has given the green light to a qualified health claim for fish and other foods and dietary supplements containing EPA (eiscosapentaenoic) and DHA (docosahexaenoic) omega-3 fatty acids.
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Sun Chemical acquires brand protection technology

WEB PLUS: Sun Chemical Corp. acquired the brand protection assets of Veritec Group, including the Veritec trade names.
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Focus on RFID and security packaging add value to Pack Expo 2004

New this year at the Chicago show are a Security Packaging Resource Center and an RFID Pavilion. As usual, it’s all about packaging solutions.
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Little consensus over child resistance testing for unit dose packaging

Leading drug manufacturers as well as packaging suppliers are locking horns over changes to child-resistant packaging test standards. Wide differences of opinion have emerged as the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) considers a change to its test requirements for child-resistant unit-dose (U-D) packaging that was proposed by the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (HCPC).
IWK's new 600 bpm BP Series blister machines complement a full line of primary and secondary packaging machinery.
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IWK launches blister machines

IWKA PacSystems offers the first of a new series of IWK blister packing machines, the advanced BP Series, which are automated with ELAU’s PacDrive automation system.
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RFID tags becoming easier to read

On the other hand, return on investment for packagers will remain invisible for the near term. Now Wal-Mart softens stance on deadlines.
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ARC study on RFID systems

If any manufacturing sector is ripe for implementation of RFID systems for product tracking through the supply chain, it’s pharmaceuticals.
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Packaging Security Digital Magazine

This special digital magazine supplement analyzes someof today’s most important packaging security issues and provides an overviewof emerging technologies aimed at improving packaging security.
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Frequencies for item-level Rx RFID apps

Three vendors have collaborated on a 28-page white paper that compares HF and UHF RFID technologies.
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Serialized bar code: An RFID alternative?

A current bar-code technology is proposed as a readily available, inexpensive alternative to RFID. And it can be used for individual unit items today.
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Drug companies test RFID on pharma bottles

A group of pharmaceutical manufacturers is shipping bottles of prescription medications with radio-frequency identification tags as part of a test nicknamed “Project Jumpstart.”
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Diamond Award Winners--best of the best (sidebar)

Folger’s AromaSeal Shaped Plastic Coffee Canister(see: packworld.com/go/c108)The Procter & Gamble Co./Product Ventures, Ltd.
One form of packaging security being used more frequently is the use of color shifting inks that show as different colors depend
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Package security demands linking of strategy, technology

Tactics such as DNA taggants and color-shifting inks have to be married with strategies that include tight supply-chain security.
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RFID tags becoming easier to read

On the other hand, return on investment for packagers will remain invisible for the near term. Now Wal-Mart softens stance on deadlines.
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Drug companies test RFID on pharma bottles

A group of pharmaceutical manufacturers has revealed that it began shipping bottles of prescription medications with radio-frequency identification tags July 12.
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RFID Provides Supply Chain Management Solutions

Radio frequency identification (RFID) has emerged in response to the increasing demand for accuracy and efficiency in supply chain management. Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation has dedicated their resources to researching and developing RFID solutions.
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