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No clear 'vision' from FDA on label inspection

Agency hopes to give additional detailed directions to drug manufacturers on the requirements for verifying cut labels and other components.
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Shrink bander sets a quicker pace

Replacing a p-s labeler with a shrink bander nearly triples production speeds for vials of "super glue" used to attach artificial fingernails. Additional benefits include longer shelf life and stronger sales appeal.
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Thinking small pays off big (sidebar)

Troubleshooting the packaging process with FMEAs
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Desiccant strips

Desiccare (Santa Fe Springs, CA) has introduced its continuous-strip desiccant product for use on automated dispensing equipment at speeds of 240 packs/ min.
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Thermal transfer ribbon

Sony Chemicals (Mt. Pleasant, PA) has launched TR5050, a thermal transfer ribbon that combines the benefits of general purpose wax ribbons with the high-performance of mid-range ribbons.
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Blister-pack thermoform/fill/seal system

The Ministar-VAL from Hoong-A America (LaPalma, CA) is a pneu-matically driven thermoform/fill/seal system designed for pharmaceutical applications. It can produce PVC/aluminum or ampule blister packs at speeds to 40 cycles/min.
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Trial blister packaging system

The Trialpack 600 from Doyen Medipharm (Lakeland, FL) is designed for fully automated clinical trial packaging. Its machine vision system makes it suited for randomized and blinded clinical trials.
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Supplier news: Relocations, expansions

BWI Inex (Clearwater, FL) will supply machine vision systems from Systech (Cranbury, NJ) to the pharmaceutical and consumer products industry in a strategic alliance between the two companies.
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Supplier news: International agreements

Corning Pharmaceutical Services (Princeton, NJ) purchased CRS Pacamed (Basil, Switzerland), a contract clinical trial packager.
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Infant formula GMPs could be something to cry about

Potentially irritating packaging requirements from the FDA could give infant formula manufacturers and their packagers a bad case of diaper rash. FDA suggests that written specifications for packaging could lead to a system of packaging guarantees.

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